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    OK; I'll drag this one up from the archives instead of starting a new thread...

    I'm looking for a distro to stick on an old, slow laptop. For home use, mostly browsing, but an "Office"esque package would be useful. Needs a GUI, but also needs to be light and Noob friendly. I've got Ubunto on it, and boy is it slow. Any thoughts? (Other than bin it and buy a new one, I'm buying a new house this month!)

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    Have a look here, 5 versions to take a look at.

    Top 5 lightweight Linux distros for older PCs | The Linux Site

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    xubuntu works well i have used it on old P4's

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    Have a look here, 5 versions to take a look at.

    Top 5 lightweight Linux distros for older PCs | The Linux Site
    I had driver issues with puppy, but that was on a decrepit old celeron laptop.
    Had no issues with Lubuntu on the same hardware, and now use it's desktop environment, LXDE, whatever distro I've got.

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    I've used JoliOS/Jolicloud with success on old bits of rubbish. It's a curious cloud-ish distro, a bit like ChromeOS is some ways.
    Jolicloud - Joli OS

    It runs like greased grease.


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    Also, there's SolusOS. This is a nice, fast distro based on Debian stable but with the classic (and very usable) Gnome 2.3. It differs from its mother OS (Debian) as it comes with pre-installed media codecs and more up-to-date versions of Firefox, VLC, etc.

    It's a very nice distro and well worth a look.

    Welcome | SolusOS
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    wiped my win 7 pc (4GB low power athlon) and installed fedora 18 XFCE on it
    quite please so far some teething issue due to the fact i havent used nix for donkeys and not for any length of time.

    current issue is getting mapped network shares to survive a reboot, need to add some entries to fstab i gather

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    We put Mint on some old Samsung P28's and it seemed to work very well.

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    Lubuntu works well on old hardware.

    I tried Suse in a vm the other week - very slick and polished but it's red hat based and I know debian much better. Consequently, it also uses RPM and I do love a bit of apt-get magic.

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    I would love to run linux right as I think Microsoft are just going wrong in there OS design, windows 8 just sucks IMO (remember thats my opinion )

    I have tried Ubuntu, Mint Linux (which ran like a dog on my laptop) I just cannot get on with Linux, it always seems like an effort to do something on it, nothing seems simple like Windows. Am I doing something wrong? I can do stuff but it just seems like a faff! I would like something that looks like the old Windows XP theme but stable as linux, ideally

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    I just cannot get on with Linux, it always seems like an effort to do something on it, nothing seems simple like Windows. Am I doing something wrong?
    People like what they like and generally the like what they are used to. Change costs energy (simple physics innit) - you need to learn new stuff, learning actually physically changes your brain. It hard and it's painful. People generally don't like it and that is ... understandable. So no, I'd not think you are doing something wrong - you are just going through that learning process and probably quitting before you see any benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    I have tried Ubuntu, Mint Linux (which ran like a dog on my laptop) I just cannot get on with Linux,
    XFCE is your friend, i cant stand alot of the flashy modern linux GUI's

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    and probably quitting before you see any benefit.
    That is my problem, I install Mint or Ubuntu, Cannot do something simple, likeee play my media files in a way that im used to, and I just think "ah sod this, back to windows"....I think persistance is my friend

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    alot of distro's dont ship with the require codecs etc for common formats its to do with licensing.
    adding some 3rd party repo's and you will be able to play the files. (like this RPM Fusion - RPM Fusion)

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    I use XUbuntu successfully on some very under powered computers and it's the distribution of choice when someone asks for an operating system CD. But previously I was used to GNOME2 so it was a very familiar layout to learn.

    You will need to install Libreoffice for a full featured office suite (rather than just the default word processor and spreadsheet programs) and xubuntu-restricted-extras if you want to play some media files that require patented codecs etc. Both available within the (X)Ubuntu software store.

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