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Old 22. Nov 2010, 06:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry guys but you're all barking up the wrong tree

330mb, looks great, what more could you ask?

http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=186
I think we are not talking about size of download here, but being light on old systems . The hardware requirements for the above, won't meet the configuration posted by Jojo.

Under hardware requirement, it says, that it needs a "modern" Intel or AMD processor, whereas Jojo's system has a Celeron. Also, the minimum RAM required is 384 MB, whereas Jojo's system has 256 MB only.

Most of the latest Linux distros like Ubuntu won't run on older systems like the one Jojo has, or I have. From what I read, for older systems, a distro with a lightweight desktop manager like Xfce will have to be chosen. Gnome, and KDE just won't run. Or, an overall lightweight distro has to be chosen.... like Puppy Linux, or Damn Small Linux.
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Old 22. Nov 2010, 06:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok, dumb question from a Linux newbie.

If I go ahead and install a version of Linux (say, Zorin) on my old XP laptop (dual booted with XP), how difficult is it to replace it with a different version (say, PClinux)? If it is fairly easy, how do you do it?
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Old 22. Nov 2010, 07:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think we are not talking about size of download here, but being light on old systems . The hardware requirements for the above, won't meet the configuration posted by Jojo.

Under hardware requirement, it says, that it needs a "modern" Intel or AMD processor, whereas Jojo's system has a Celeron. Also, the minimum RAM required is 384 MB, whereas Jojo's system has 256 MB only.

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Well that serves me right for not reading it properly then

I have seen reports of these working with Celeron though and presumably he could use a spare flash drive as extra RAM if needed?

More ideas here:

http://floyd-linux.pappapc.com/

Not all relevant, but some might be, especially this:

http://www.planetwatt.com/
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Old 22. Nov 2010, 07:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ok, dumb question from a Linux newbie.

If I go ahead and install a version of Linux (say, Zorin) on my old XP laptop (dual booted with XP), how difficult is it to replace it with a different version (say, PClinux)? If it is fairly easy, how do you do it?
Win you install Zorin it will of course offer to automatically partition you hard drive and install along side Windows. Just make sure you have a image backup of your Windows install just in case something goes sideways.

If Zorin does not work out, then when you install another distro, you will have to use the manual install method to select the partition where Zorin was installed, and install over it. It is not too hard, but initially the terms can be a little confusing because they vary from Windows.
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Old 23. Nov 2010, 06:09 AM   #15 (permalink)
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i like using the linux that loads into ram on older computers :S
Xpud and puppy linux are my 2 favorite ones... but their functions are limited to web browsing/word processing... but on old computers you wouldn't be playing games anyways
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Old 23. Nov 2010, 08:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Peppermint looks good to me. Downloaded and burnt to a CD.

Booted up from the LiveCD, it auto detected the wireless connection from my Wifi router, keyed in password and connected.

Installed the Peppermint system and booted up from the partition, ran smoothly.

Here is a comparison of performance between Peppermint and XP on the limited hardware resources (256 RAM with an Intel Celeron processor):

Speed in mm:ss for Win XP (Peppermint in brackets):

Boot up (from the multi-boot menu) to the login screen: 2:30 (1:30)
Login to the system and ready for use: 1:00 (0:30)
Start Firefox (cold start): 1:20 (0:30) **
Shutdown the system: 0:45 (0:05)

Total for XP: 5min 35sec
Total for Peppermint: 2min 35sec

It saves me a waiting time of 3min per session of browsing via the system.

** Warm start for FF: 5sec in XP, 3sec in Peppermint.

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Old 23. Nov 2010, 10:37 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Peppermint auto mounted my XP partition upon start up, but it didn't auto mount the USB stick.

After manually mounting it, I copied some mp3 and mp4 media files over to the harddisk. Double clicked the mp3 file and Exaile player ran it, double clicked the mp4 file and Gnome MPlayer ran it. Both players playbacked the media files smoothly out of the box with the necessary codec preinstalled.

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Old 23. Nov 2010, 11:50 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Default Prism Launcher for Web Apps

Peppermint is preloaded with Prism, which launches web apps such as Google Docs, YouTube, etc., right from the menu in its own application window, instead of the Firefox web browser. It also allows you to add your own web apps access via Prism App Launcher. A good point.
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Old 23. Nov 2010, 12:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Peppermint runs well on an old PC

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I kind of like this one. http://peppermintos.com/ It is a very light weight Ubuntu derivative. I have gotten just about everything I wanted to run on it, and it starts very quickly.
After a few tries on this and that, I'm impressed by Peppermint, so far so good. Thanks for mentioning it Ritho.

BTW, I've also tried downloading some software I need. The default screen capture takes the full screen. Didn't meet my need. I downloaded Shutter from Peppermint's Software Manager. Shutter worked perfectly on the system.

I also searched from the Software Manager and downloaded Bluefish editor. It worked pretty well on Peppermint too.
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Old 23. Nov 2010, 12:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I use Peppermint for my netbook, and it boots to full desktop in about 25-30 sec. I thought it would be faster on a laptop or desktop than the time you mention, but netbooks are streamed lined for a faster boot. I found that on my netbook firefox really bogs down and even freezes sometimes while playing video, but Chromium is quite smooth. Firefox will probably run just fine on your laptop though. Anyway glad you like it, I do, and I have tried a lot of the light distos. Xpud is my all time favorite fast boot os, but Peppermint is much more powerful.
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