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#1 ABud

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 06:32 AM

Apologies for another which flavour thread!

 

I have an old(ish) Acer Aspire One 722-C52KK netbook (2GB RAM, AMD C50 dual core 1Ghz cpu, 1366x768 resolution) which I currently run as a dual boot windows 7 x64 and Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS. I'm new to Linux and have found Ubuntu run's fairly well on the hardware but am not totally convinced as of yet by Unity. My question is will Mint run as well given the system specs as it looks more windows like? The other odd thing with Ubuntu is I only get download speeds of around 4 mbps vs speeds of 38 mbps on win 7. Will Mint run any better?

 

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 09:07 AM

Hello ABud,

 

I would recommend Linux Mint 18 Xfce.

Linux Mint Xfce is made to run on older less powerful computers.

 

Here is a download link.

https://linuxmint.com/download.php

 

After install tweak your Linux Mint Xfce with these tips.

https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/first-mint-xfce


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 09:40 AM

With those specs you may even want to run something lighter than the standard Mint or Ubuntu. My suggestion is to burn a live CD/DVD/USB and try it out and see how it works on your hardware.

 

Some lighter weight distros you could try are:

 

Ubuntu Mate

Mint Mate - choose the "Mate" download option

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:19 AM

With those specs you may even want to run something lighter than the standard Mint or Ubuntu. My suggestion is to burn a live CD/DVD/USB and try it out and see how it works on your hardware.

 

Some lighter weight distros you could try are:

 

Ubuntu Mate

Mint Mate - choose the "Mate" download option

Puppy

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I curious as to Mate over Xfce.

Is Mate less resource heavy then Xfce.

 

Two other excellent choices are Antix and also MX-16.

 

Antix

http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

 

http://antix.freeforums.org/

 

MX-16

https://mxlinux.org/

 

https://sourceforge.net/projects/antix-linux/files/Final/MX-16/


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:23 AM

Yes, something much lighter as others suggested.  Here is something I found for the wireless, hope it helps.  I like Mint, so Mint Xfce, 17.3 or 18 will be fine.  I also like DC's list above, and Toolman.  I also like the Idea of an Official Flavor, like Lubuntu as DC mentioned.  It is quite light-weight but not near as nice as the Xfce or Mate etc as far as desktop experience.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:24 AM

Xfce is also pretty light, so that would be a good choice as well. I'm more partial to Mate, so that's why I suggested it.


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#7 ABud

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:30 AM

I'm going to give mate and xfce a go. Can't for the life of me get this tutorial to work https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1849 which should boot off the hdd so I'm off to buy a memory stick

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:58 AM

I'm going to give mate and xfce a go. Can't for the life of me get this tutorial to work https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1849 which should boot off the hdd so I'm off to buy a memory stick

I'd just create a bootable DVD as I have been unable to figure out or get any other media to work. :scratchhead:

 

I'm old and stubborn or to stupid to figure it out. :hysterical:


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

 ABud, download the iso and then use UUI to create a live USB...if you have an extra laying around with NOTHING on it.  Or just Burn Image of iso to DVD, not CD, CD's are too small for most full distro's.  The USB Experience is by far better than the DVD.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:51 PM

 

The-Toolman:  

I curious as to Mate over Xfce.

Is Mate less resource heavy then Xfce.

To TT and ABud, Xfce is supposed to be lighter weight, but in my experience is not all that much lighter, others have reported the same.  At one time I think it came with some lighter programs but now it includes LibreOffice instead of AbiWord.  I think it used to come with AbiWord.  I believe it is a little easier on Graphics also but cannot remember for sure.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 02:30 PM

So I've just done some interesting testing running 5 different OS's (one at a time :lmao: ) off my shiny new memory stick. My not very exhaustive benchmarking involved a quick play around and then going over to www.speedtest.net and seeing what DownLoad and UpLoad numbers each OS managed. Here's the reslults:

 

Lubuntu             39.06mbps DL 5.79mbps UL

Xubuntu             36.94mbps DL 5.71mbps UL

LinuxMint xfce   33.64mbps DL 4.80mbps UL

LinuxMint Mate 15.52mbps DL 4.02mbps UL

Ubuntu               4.73mbps DL 2.43mbps UL

 

As a reference I also ran my Windows 7 desktop which got 104.81mbps DL and 6.62mbps UL

 

I was really impressed with how well Xubuntu ran, barely any slower than Lubuntu for the quick play around I had with it. I also like the fact it has Libre Office and I guess all the other software available to Ubuntu? Will most probably go with Xubuntu unless anyone can talk me out of it!



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 03:03 PM

 

I was really impressed with how well Xubuntu ran, barely any slower than Lubuntu for the quick play around I had with it

Try Puppy linux, It will make the full distros look like model T fords

 

Tahrpup uses Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr packages and includes the bugfixes and improvements from the woof CE build system. It is compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 packages. The Linux kernel version is 3.14.20.

Explore the Tahrpup folder at ibiblio or nluug for downloads (Try the PAE build first).

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:37 PM

Puppy sounds a bit specialised for what I'm after, I'd need to use LibreOffice Calc, Dropbox, Skype and a bit of Web browsing. I don't need the OS to be super fast though obviously not laggy either

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 06:29 PM

 

 

Will most probably go with Xubuntu unless anyone can talk me out of it!

Not at all, Xubuntu and all the Ubuntu's are great.

 

Did you see the wireless link in Post #6 I left you?

 

Also, did you use the UUI Link I left you, that is a great tool.  The linux users here have tried them all, and this one is good especially on older pc's.  There are other good tools but this is my go to for all the older pc's I install linux to.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:07 PM

Hi pc punk. Yes thanks for the wireless link, I'll take a proper look at that tomorrow. I already have Ubuntu installed on my network and that can install iso's straight to USB really easily. I'll be installing Xubuntu over the current Ubuntu install to run alongside win 7 as a dual boot on the net book.




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