View Full Version : [all variants] starting fresh

August 25th, 2008, 12:33 AM
i want to try kubuntu or xubuntu with my laptop hp pavillion dv6109 1.44gb ram and amd 64 2.1(ish)gb processor. which would be better. basically i want efficiency and something pretty lightweight. i will probably just use conky, maybe songbird and a few other programs. any suggestions

August 25th, 2008, 01:09 AM
if oyu wnat to stick with ubuntu based probably xubuntu but if you want somehting fast try puppy or somethng light and set it to boot toram.

August 25th, 2008, 01:16 AM
if you already have some basic linux experience I'd recommend Arch linux w/ xfce as an excellent lightweight distro, however it's initial install is pretty stripped down so it's a bad choice for people who don't have broadband internet to install programs and don't like to use a cli interface at least for the install

August 25th, 2008, 01:17 AM
Those specs are plenty good enough to run Kubuntu, but Xubuntu is very streamlined and would run very fast on that system.

August 25th, 2008, 01:44 AM
Those specs are plenty good enough to run Kubuntu, but Xubuntu is very streamlined and would run very fast on that system.

thanks guys i think xubuntu seems adequate i want something stripped down but not barebones. i need speed and im used to ubuntu repositories and whatnot.

August 25th, 2008, 01:52 AM
just out of mere curiousity has anyone tried this kubuntu kde4 remix? it looks pretty hot

August 25th, 2008, 02:04 AM
just a suggestion, if you want somthing super light weight and have some experience with the command line you could use this link:


to build a light weight system from the command line up. i've seen it run fine on a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor and 128 MB of pc133 SD RAM. so you should be able to get plenty of speed out of a machine with those specs. hope this info helps,


August 25th, 2008, 02:07 AM
if oyu really jsut wanted a true lightweight linux with gui try greycat. though if you want lightweight with more programs try fether or puppy (both have a pakage manager for more programs. but if you want to stick with ubuntu based go with kubuntu.

August 25th, 2008, 03:15 AM
im going to make a live cd of the kde4 remix and try it. it looks beautiful

August 25th, 2008, 03:43 AM
It does look very, very pretty. And I really like the Plasma concept. I've been running it since they packed it with KDE 4.1, to help transition when 8.10 is released. However, if you're going for blazing speed, I would shy away from KDE4.