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which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

My system hard disc crashed and I need to reinstall ubuntu on my 3 1/2 yo computer.

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2GB RAM
AMD 7750 Dual Core

I had Ubuntu 10.04 lucid on it and was wondering if I should install 12.04 instead or stay with 10.04.

I am worried that the newer distributions will be too heavy on this machine.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Old 13.12.2012, 19:46
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

Linux Mint, a branch of Ubuntu / Debian.

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

You might have issues with graphics drivers ( ATI / Nvidia ) ( Dual Screen etc. ) but the standard drivers that come with the OS ought to be OK for most users.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_(user_interface)

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As of 2012, Linux Mint's page on DistroWatch is the most accessed page among Linux distribution pages there, surpassing Ubuntu.
http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...-mint-14-nadia

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...x-mint-13-xfce

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...ux-mint-13-kde

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...x-mint-13-maya

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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

Xubuntu is ideal for computers with limited resources (i.e. old machines), it's a compromise between functionality and performance.
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

From what I read, this is not necessary the case anymore.
Are you using it yourself on an older machine?

What about Lubuntu compared to Xubuntu?

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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

A much older Centrino based machine can run Linux Mint:

http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...le-chf120.html

2GB RAM is OK but faster if you use another lightweight GUI ( 4GB is best for Cinnamon )
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

Thank you.

I think I'll need to invest in 2GB RAM anyway if I want to keep this machine running.
The new distributions keep getting heavier, I think I can't avoid this.
And I am really using it heavily.

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http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...le-chf120.html

2GB RAM is OK but faster if you use another lightweight GUI ( 4GB is best for Cinnamon )
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

Hi,
I run Ubuntu 10.04 on a 6 year old laptop with 512 MB RAM. To make the installation lightweight, I had done some tweaks: disabled most of the services; changed the scheduler to anticipatory; used a lightweight, but ugly theme; turned on the laptop mode etc. The performance is bearable.

But the sad part is, 10.04 is only supported till early 2013, if I remember correctly. After that the repositories would go vanishing.

So maybe you should install 12.04 and then go on a tweaking spree. It's fun...

NB:- The minimum RAM requirement for Ubuntu is still - officially - below 512 MB.

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But the sad part is, 10.04 is only supported till early 2013, if I remember correctly. After that the repositories would go vanishing.
I KNOW!!!!!!

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So maybe you should install 12.04 and then go on a tweaking spree. It's fun...

NB:- The minimum RAM requirement for Ubuntu is still - officially - below 512 MB.
tweaking spree ... you say ...
not sure that'll be for me

From what I read, Lubuntu seems to be lightweight.
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

After reading this, you may wish to give Ubuntu a miss (at least the more recent versions): http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12...buntu_spyware/
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After reading this, you may wish to give Ubuntu a miss (at least the more recent versions): http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12...buntu_spyware/
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

Last version 12.12, the best one for me...
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Last version 12.12, the best one for me...
and why is it so?

Less resource intensive than 12.04?
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Both incomprehensible and off topic, surely?
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From what I read, this is not necessary the case anymore.
Are you using it yourself on an older machine?

What about Lubuntu compared to Xubuntu?
I'm using Mint myself, but when the time comes that my PC gets old I have also Xfce installed and ready to use.
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and why is it so?

Less resource intensive than 12.04?
The 12.04 is the most stable. You have optimizations there. But with the version 12.012 they introduced some new features... It's a version to test new things. I tried it and worked perfekt in my laptop. I use opera, mozilla and chrome and the whole plugins, video playback, music, flash...... really a good work for a version with many new features.

http://www.howtogeek.com/127061/8-ne...antal-quetzal/

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
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Both incomprehensible and off topic, surely?
Is any of this thread in English?
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Re: which ubuntu to install on 3 1/2 yo machine

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Linux Mint, a branch of Ubuntu / Debian.

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

You might have issues with graphics drivers ( ATI / Nvidia ) ( Dual Screen etc. ) but the standard drivers that come with the OS ought to be OK for most users.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_(user_interface)
What's the advantage over Ubuntu?

(I'm running 12.04 LTS on three computers, one of which is a 15 year old P3 with 512MB)

Tom
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What's the advantage over Ubuntu?

(I'm running 12.04 LTS on three computers, one of which is a 15 year old P3 with 512MB)

Tom
None, it's a different version of linux, really...
What would actually made a different would be a more recent kernel, the rest is almost taste and like...
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What's the advantage over Ubuntu?

(I'm running 12.04 LTS on three computers, one of which is a 15 year old P3 with 512MB)

Tom
I couldn't say it so easy but the usability is improved clearly.
There're so small things:

- Wenn one application has a notification or you receive an email or there are updates the icon on the side vibrates and show some small information. Some updates come directly from the applications: skype, etc...

Perhaps these things are not so important for normal people...
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