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Looking For A Linux Distro For An Older Machine

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#1 Phabeon


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:26 AM

I thought OPENELEC was the answer and man is it awesome... However I need a "true" web browser and from what I've seen the Chromium add-on may or may not work. Opera Doesn't support flash, ect, ect. 



Here is my setup: 


HP dc7800 SFF with Intel Core Duo CPU's

E6550@2.33Ghz x2, 4GB RAM, 80gb HDD


Here are my wants/needs:

PC is hooked up to my living room tv: so it would be to watch videos mainly .mkv format, YOUTUBE, and light web browsing, mainly for downloads as I sometimes send and receive files via rapidshare and or billionuploads, ect, ect.   and thats pretty much it. 


so to recap


Must be able to:


- play .mkv videos

- play Youtube videos

- have a full on web browser

- be able to install and run TEAMVIEWER



any suggestions would be appreciated!





p.s.  TOP CONTENDERS so far:  1. Linux Mint  2. Ubuntu 3. xubuntu? 

Edited by Phabeon, 22 June 2015 - 07:28 AM.

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#2 Al1000


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:57 AM

Any of your top contenders should do the job, as long as they will run on your computer. Your computer's graphics are most likely to be the potential limiting factor regarding which distros may not run, or may not run smoothly.

WRT to Mint, the MATE desktop is the most suitable desktop for older hardware, but that doesn't mean to say that some or all of the other versions of Mint won't work.

Similarly, Xubuntu (which is basically Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop) is more suitable for older hardware than Ubuntu (which comes with the Unity desktop), but that doesn't mean to say that Ubuntu won't work.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:04 AM

Ubuntu should run fine on that hardware, I have personally run it on way worse than that.

Any distro you choose, download VLC player and you will be able to play any kind of media you can think of.

TeamViewer should run on any of the distros as well.

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#4 Naught McNoone

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:10 AM

I have a similar laptop that runs LUbuntu (minimal install with Xfce added) and Kodi media centre just fine.


We use it to entertain the grand child on long road trips.


You can run VLC direct and play the files from the desktop, if you don't want to be bothered with Kodi.





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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:26 PM

I thought OPENELEC was the answer and man is it awesome... However I need a "true" web browser and from what I've seen the Chromium add-on may or may not work. Opera Doesn't support flash, ect, ect.

You can't download a browser with that distro?  In most all linux disto's you can just download Firefox or Chrome etc.


The Cromium add-on? you mean the Chromium Browser?


If you still have windows installedd it would be good to run a Speccy Chart, that way we will know exactly what your system has in it.  http://www.piriform.com/

Once you run it just go to the top menu and it will tell you how to save the chart to your HDD and then one to publish on web.  Forget which choice the instructions are in, you will find it, it's pretty easy.


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