[Solved] Which version of Linux would be best?

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[Solved] Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby pauliw25 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:48 pm

Normally I run LibreOffice 3.4.4 on a Windows 7 desktop. However, the system board recently went out and I am having to wait for replacement parts to arrive.

I do have a 12 year old Pet. III Toshiba Tecra 8100 running 996mhz. with 512K of memory that runs Windows XP. I have been trying to run L.O. on that - however, it takes over 3 minutes just to start up and once it's going - runs as slow as a drunken snail.

Does anyone know of a good version of Linux I could install on my laptop and still be able to run either OpenOffice or Libreoffice at a decent speed?

I heard the Document Foundation is going to create an Android version of L.O. that I could use on my tablet. But unfortunately, it won't be coming out until the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.
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Re: Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby RGB » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:18 pm

The most important point is to install a light desktop. As an example, you can try with openSUSE: it offers lxde and xfce directly from the installer.
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Re: Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:06 am

+1. The desktop is the most important here.
You can also try Xubuntu (xfce), I've run it several years on a laptop with 933MHz CPU and 256MB RAM (speed with OOo has been greatly increased when I upgraded to a grand total of 512MB!).
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Re: Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby pauliw25 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:09 am

Thanks Hagar & RGB for the suggestions.
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Re: Solved - Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby RoryOF » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:44 am

You might also look at Puppy Linux, which is light on resources, but perhaps not quite as straightforward as the above distros for the beginner.
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Re: Solved - Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby pauliw25 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:22 am

Thanks for suggestion, Royof. However, a few months ago I did download and run Puppy Linux from a cd, and never could get it to recognize my Windows 7 desktop so the two computers could share files.

What I need is a simple, fast, distro that could run on my antique desktop - that a Linux dummy could understand.
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Re: Solved - Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby RoryOF » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:11 am

Then stick with some of the buntu versions suggested. I found Puppy useful as it ran older video cards "out of the box" (in my case) which Ubuntu wouldn't do. I was then able to note video settings and use these to tune Ubuntu (which is my distro of choice).
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Re: [Solved] Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby rudolfo » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:37 pm

I am a bit surprised about what you are saying about Windows XP. Similar to Hagar's experience I have an old Laptop with a mobile Pentium, 933 MHz and 256 MB RAM. It runs on Win2k and OpenOffice 3.1 takes something between 30 seconds and a minute to start. But once it is up, I can work smoothly with it. Well, yes, I have another waiting time of 20 seconds whenever a task is the first one in this session that needs java and has to start the JRE.

Frankly I am a bit surprised that WinXP feels so much slower then Win2k. Twice the size of RAM should compensate for the additional overhead with the newer OS. Have you tried to switch off the fancy desktop gimmick? What about desktop wallpaper?
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Re: [Solved] Which version of Linux would be best?

Postby pauliw25 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:45 pm

Thanks for the suggestion RoryOF.

In addressing your comment rudolfo. The original XP was fast on this laptop. However, with each new SP version - the system got slower and slower.
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