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Leo Laporte takes a call from Doug in Long Island about the best operating system for an old PC.For the full episode, visit https://twit.tv/ttg/1332
very basic informationbut... if it's linux. thumbs up
I tried out Lubuntu with good results on a really old pc.Of course if you have a better pc then use something better than Lubuntu... it's heavily stripped down.
mx17 Linux is out of this world best Linux i have ever seen go for it
I recently installed AntiX (pronounced antics) on an old T40 Thinkpad with 256MB Ram and an old Radeon card with 32MB video ram. It installed effortlessly and just runs with no drama. It's based on Debian Stretch. Your choice of several lightweight wm's. Active community with a minimalist vibe I'd say. Very helpful. This old POS can now be a daily driver for someone just learning to write shell scripts, for example.
And what about Bodhi? Is it a good choice?
Linux Mint works fine on a really old Compaq Mini notebook and a Packard Bell laptop. Plus, it's got a windows interface so it's easier to work with imo.
Xubuntu...."zoobooontoo!!"...for a"old"hardware(from 2000 till 2010)..not 90s dead hardware.(Dsl work on this garbage)
I have installed Xubuntu on Penthium 4 1.5Ghz, 1 Gb SDRAM but it works still too slowly. I`m not satisfied with Xubuntu. Tiny Core is way more faster.
Linux is no better than Windows? Prove it!
Bodhi Linux all the way!
I like Slitaz, is very good for old computers, you can do basic things, you can change how it looks, works with live disk or usb flash. To me this version of Linux works best, without any problems and lag
Great recommendation on xubuntu! I've had stability problems with lubuntu and it's in a massive transitionary phase. It also goes a bit OTT with trying to be light, replacing libreoffice, thunderbird, etc. as the default apps. Xubuntu has similar memory usage while idle. It's the best general purpose light Linux distro for most users I believe. I've tried Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Chromium OS. And DE's Gnome 3, Gnome 2 (now dead), KDE, MATE, Unity (now dead), LXDE (now dead, moving to LXQt), Xfce, Elementary and come to this conclusion. I also felt MATE's stability dropped after a while when it forked from Gnome 2. Gnome 3 and KDE are far too heavyweight for any of my use cases, I don't need the eye candy. Especially when I wan't all my memory for Chrome tabs and other stuff :)
Antergos is great. I use this distro since 3 years without reinstall. When you use stable repos it's very solid and stable distro. On old pc you can install Antergos with xfce, openbox, mate desktop (gui enviroments) and it will be work fine. I tested it.
Hello. Antix Linux is based on Debian and can run very good in old pc.
I'm running Porteus linux on a 3GHz dual core Athlon II with 2GB of DDr3 ram. This machine was unusable for me running Windows 7. I tried Lubuntu which was better than 7 still left a lot to be desired. So, I ordered another 2GB stick or ram from Amazon, but in the mean time I tried out Porteus. After running Porteus for a couple hours, I canceled my Amazon order. Also, I run lubuntu on my parents old Sony Vaio machine which is about 15 years old, and it is very sluggish. It's an old Pentium 4 socket 478 I believe. So if your machine is that old Lubuntu may not be light enough.
looking for a good linux to put on my asus laptop my intel is i7 the graphics card is gtx 560m has 12gb ram
Another vote for Lubuntu
Tori OS - uses the JWM desktop and uses less then 150MB ram. It can run fast as hell in 512MB Ram.Antix is probably second and uses the same window manager.Everything else runs in twice the memory except DSL... which is just too ugly for me.
after my laptop is 8 years old then i will switch to linux
I run Peppermint on my 1GB old 32-bit Pentium 4 at 3.0GHz. Peppermint is a sexy sister of Lubuntu, based on Lubuntu, but also borrowing the mascara from Linux Mint Cinnamon. Many of its applications are Web-apps, but you can also install e.g. Libre-Office. After booting it occupies 290MB of memory. It is a rock solid distro for beginners with 10-12 year's old PCs, having none of the problems like some of the other distros mentioned by its fan-boys. Another option is of course Ubuntu Mate that uses 370MB after loading. In the past (2011) I have run Xubuntu on a Pentium 4 and I was very happy with it. Many modern, reliable Linux distros are perfectly suitable for the 1Gig the caller mentioned. Listen to the client/caller before you propose solutions for non-existing problems.Lightweight or not, the only distro variable is the memory usage. If you want to connect to the internet and look at YouTube videos or even Facebook videos ALL DISTROS ARE THE SAME, they all need the same raw CPU power for the same video codecs. Your only option is to lower the video resolution. On my Pentium it runs at 360p, I hope it will just support 480p using hyper threading, if I introduce a second memory stick ordered from China.If it is so old, that it can't support at least 240/360p videos, just sell that PC to a DSL/Puppy computer hobbyist, because for any normal person that PC will be utterly useless :) :)