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ubuntu or puppy linux, i need to switch to something faster than xp


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#1 cpunoob

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:45 PM

1.3 gig amd processor

640mb ram

32mb intergrated graphics

33.7gig hardrive

 

its a hp pavilion 7935

 

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i saw on the update for flash that linux version is not being updated, past version 10 i think

its on 15 now, will that affect my browsing?

 

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i wish to operate  the new os from a flashdrive, i have 8gig

 

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would like some advice on what would be best for me, mostly just for browsing



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:58 PM

I would suggest Ubuntu with LXDE. LXDE is just a lightweight Desktop Environment.

 

 

How to Install the Lightweight LXDE Desktop on Ubuntu

 

 

Also you could try one of these. Both are Buntu based.

 

Lubuntu.

lubuntu | lightweight, fast, easier

 

Linux Lite.

Linux Lite Free Linux Operating System


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

I agree with Nick's recommendation. Lubuntu would provide you with a stable and efficient environment that also has a polished look and feel. 



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Posted 17 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

Don't overlook Crunchbang; http://crunchbang.org/about/



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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:15 PM

Would Linux Mint 13 Xfce be an option?

 

 

Minimal system requirements 4. The minimal system requirements are as follows:

Reasonable performance (my own measure):
Processor: Pentium 4  1,4 Ghz
RAM memory: 512 MB
Video card: 32 MB
Hard disk space: 10 GB

With that, Linux Mint 13 Xfce will run reasonably smoothly, provided that you've decreased the swap inclination (I explain how to do that on this page).

Doesn't your computer meet these requirements? Then take a look at Lubuntu, which is even lighter.

 

The above is found here.

 

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 09:41 PM

Given that choice, I say go with Puppy Slacko.

Comes PAE or non-PAE.

 

Otherwise, don't forget antiX, either


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 05:14 AM

Since it is mostly for browsing, and given the limited amount of RAM on this computer, I would also go for Puppy.

 

Puppy has the option of 'frugal installation' which just means that instead of being installed to a partition on your flash drive, it only installs to a directory (folder in Windows speak). So removing the operating system from your computer is simply a matter of deleting the directory. Having a 'frugal' installation would be a dual-boot system, in that you would also run a bootloader when you install Puppy, and would be presented with a choice of operating systems when you boot your computer.

 

Besides a full installation and a frugal installation, both of which would mean booting from the bootloader on your HD into the USB, Puppy can also be booted directly from USB so long as your computer is capable of doing so, and you can create a 'save file' on the USB to store your settings and any software you installed etc. If your computer isn't capable of booting from USB, another option is to boot from CD into a 'save file' on USB.

 

Neither of these latter options involve running a bootloader, and you would not have a dual boot menu; if you want to boot into the OS you have on your HD you would boot up as normal, and if you wanted to boot into Puppy you would boot from USB or CD.

 

In the first instance though, I would download some distros and try them out, if you haven't already started doing so.

 

Also, whatever Linux distro you decide to go for, and particularly if it isn't Puppy, you would have to create a swap partition or file (which is the equivalent of Windows paging file / virtual memory) on your computer, preferably on the HDD, if you want to be able to do much with it.

 

EDIT: I have just realised that this computer is a laptop, so you may not be able to set up a dual boot system as I described along with the laptop's original operating system (assuming that is what is installed on it), depending on how the manufacturer set it up. If that is the case, then your only option would be to boot from USB or CD. That is what I had to do when I was still running XP on my laptop, although I eventually deleted it altogether and now have a dual boot system with Kubuntu 12.04.5 and a frugal installation of Lucid Puppy 5.2.8.6.


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:40 PM

wow so many others to choose from

can i run

 

mylockbox from puppy linux or nero 8  i think?



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:22 AM

Al1000 or NickAu1 will likely have a better idea, but if not, try at AlternativeTo, here.

 

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:53 AM

 

mylockbox from puppy linux or nero 8  i think?

No.  Both these are Windows progs.

 

Linux has KB3 Brassero and a dozen others that work just as well and are free.

 

 

My Lockbox is a security software that enables you to protect your files by setting a password on it.

You need 3rd party software for this in Windows?


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:16 PM

i have xp

i dont see a right click pass protect thingy 8)



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:26 PM

 

Be advised that password-protecting an unencrypted folder will not prevent accessing the folder from, say, a live CD

How to password protect a folder?


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 03:28 PM

should my thumb drive be fat32 or ntfs

dont know what that is either 8(

 

i have  external drive that i converted to ntfs because my hardrive is also ntfs, it took many hours but tha is a 500gig

 

the thumbdrive is 8gigs and is fat 32



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 03:41 PM

 

should my thumb drive be fat32 or ntfs

the thumbdrive is 8gigs and is fat 32

Did you format it? If this is the way it came from the factory? 

 

 

dont know what that is either 8(

 

Comparing NTFS and FAT file systems - Windows - Microsoft

 

Why Are Removable Drives Still Using FAT32 Instead of ...


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 02:01 PM

most ive seen come fat32 i formated the other one






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