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#1 hazelludlow

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 05:07 PM

hullo, all...

 

my dad has recently thrown down an old Toshiba Satellite L305-S5919 to me and i would like to wipe Windows Vista and install a Linux distro on  it...

 

specs: Intel Celeron

           2.16GHz, 1MB L2, 667MHz FSB

           GL40 Express Chipset

           2GB PC6400 DDR2 SDRAM 

 

any and all recommendations are welcome...

 

bests, and thank you in advance,

 

 



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 05:44 PM

I would suggest, as a starting point, that you try Mint 18 XFCE. Mint should run perfectly well on that hardware and the XFCE variant is lighter weight than other versions like Cinnamon. There are a considerable number of distros which are even lighter on resource demand but they generally are not as user friendly as Mint.

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:30 AM

I'd Recommend Peppermint OS 8 or 7. It is also a Mint variant but its desktop Environment is LXDE.

 

I'm currently running Peppermint OS 8 on an old Gateway with 1.5gb RAM and it's smooth as butter :P


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:33 AM

I find Mint's Xfce very nice but I have not experience with the others.  Also, Xfce 18.3 has an amazing Default Screen Saver.  Some may not care, but I love it!  Go to the below page, choose 32 or 64bit and then click on it and find the "Mirror" Closest to you.

Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" - Xfce

 

Directions for Downloading and Installing Mint.

 

One thing you should decide is whether you will run 32 or 64bit.  Running 64bit is better, especially if you get more RAM in the future.  You computer is able to hold 4GB of RAM, so I would use the 64bit and upgrade the RAM ASAP unless that is not feasible for you.

 

Beware, as I found out recently, the boot sequence on Xfce 18.3 is a little weird at least on my computer.  The screen will be black for short periods during boot, which I think is because we are installing on old computers.  But the Operating System is super!


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:29 AM

@ hazelludlow:-

 

Welcome to BC, and the 'Linux & Unix' forum!

 

 There are literally 100's of Linux distros out there.....but here on BC you will almost always find Linux Mint recommended for beginners, over & above everything else. It may not necessarily be the best distro for every use-case, but almost everybody here runs it (and therefore there is plenty of experience in working with it, installing it, running & updating/upgrading it).

 

I myself use a tiny Linux distro called 'Puppy' Linux.....but I wouldn't recommend it to complete beginners because it's just too different to Windows. Most folks that come to Linux do so from a Windows background, and therefore some degree of appearance and operating familiarity makes a great deal of sense. Those of us who know what we're doing can make Puppy not only sit up and beg, but also ride a unicycle across a tightrope, juggling half-a-dozen different items, while at the same time singing an aria from, say, 'La Boheme'!

 

(That example was, perhaps, a bit OTT, but it serves to illustrate the point that with Linux, you are in control. Not some faceless corporation who think they know better than you how you want to use your machine.....)

 

Mint is very similar in appearance to Windows; this single point alone makes a lasting impression on many first-timers, since it's comforting & familiar. Very important when you're embarking on a journey which, to many Windows users, is akin to practising voodoo & consorting with the devil!

 

It's also why I myself recommend Mint..... even though I don't use it..! Because it helps to dispel the myths that generations of Windoze users have heard about Linux, and fosters a good impression to begin with. So; try it out by all means, and take the advice given by these good folks on here safe in the knowledge that they do know what they're talking about.....and have no intentions of leading you astray.

 

Their only fault (if any) is common to many such fora. Over-enthusiasm..!!  :lol:  (Though I have faith they'll try their very best not to swamp you with too much information at once...)

 

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:53 AM

Linux Mint 18 Xfce is an excellent choice for an all around Linux Distro regardless of a users experience level.

 

I use it and it works well on low powered computers and on high powered computers old and new.

 

Once you've gotten the feel of how Linux does things then you can start to investigate and try out other Linux Distros.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:23 PM

I'd Recommend Peppermint OS 8 or 7. It is also a Mint variant but its desktop Environment is LXDE.

 

I'm currently running Peppermint OS 8 on an old Gateway with 1.5gb RAM and it's smooth as butter :P

I have to agree Peppermint is another excellent Linux Distro for anyone.

 

I'm running Peppermint 7 (64bit) on this old relic no complaints. :thumbup2:

 

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Posted Today, 02:23 PM

well, thank you all very much...

 

i will begin this journey with Mint...

 

wish me luck...

 

 

bests,

 






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