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Old 19. Oct 2014, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an old laptop running XP thats been sitting in my closet for months now. I would still like to make use of it as a backup pc but am not willing to shell out the cash for a newer version of windows. I have always wanted to try Linux but have never been sure of which one to use.

Any recommendations?

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Old 19. Oct 2014, 05:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an old laptop running XP thats been sitting in my closet for months now. I would still like to make use of it as a backup pc but am not willing to shell out the cash for a newer version of windows. I have always wanted to try Linux but have never been sure of which one to use.

Any recommendations?

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This is a bit difficult without knowing the hardware specs, especially how much memory it has.

I find that most new users to Linux have at least a preconceived idea of what they want their OS to look like. Some want it to be as close to Windows as possible, and others the exact opposite.

In any case, I would browse through these threads starting with the last page and working backwards.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...k-like-30.html
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...-links-10.html

If you see something you like, we can then advise how easy it might be to install and run, depending on your system specs.
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Old 19. Oct 2014, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try Puppy Linux that is designed to work on old PCs.
http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%...%20Started.htm

I use it on mine, even the newer ones.
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I really like Cylon Linux, could it run on these specs?

AMD 4200+ dual core CPU
2 gb RAM (originally 1gb)
8800 GTS 640 (originally 7800 GT)
64 gb harddrive
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Minimum System Requirements
Processor : 1.7 GHz
R. A. Memory : 1GB
V.G.A. Memory : Doesn't matter how much you got, but will be awesome if it supports 3D acceleration.

Please mind that, Cylon Linux Installer program may fail to proceed & create live user on very old hardware. It works well almost every hardware manufactured after 2007.

I got the above-mentioned from:
http://cylonlinux.weebly.com/technical-details.html

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Thanks, Ill try it when I get a chance.
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More about it here in case you missed this other thread.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...lon-linux.html
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Great thanks again.
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Old 14. Jan 2015, 01:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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At distrowatch.com you can find a comparison of linux distro's for desktop use.
Personally I like Debian. Before I liked Ubuntu more, but recently it's gettting bloated and irritating for me.
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Minimum System Requirements
Processor : 1.7 GHz
R. A. Memory : 1GB
V.G.A. Memory : Doesn't matter how much you got, but will be awesome if it supports 3D acceleration.
it used to be, that those spec's would work on any modern Linux O/S.
but - progress has come & most of the latest Linux O/Ss now required betters spec's.

- upwards of 2Ghz cpu
- at least 2Gb ram
- pae enabled (!)

and - that is just for the 32bit versions. ..

so now - it's the lightweight DEs - that are better suited to an old XP based PC.
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