at my home I have a PC with following configuration.
a) a Interl Pentium-4 processor model no 530J, with hyper threading and physical address extension
b) intel D915GVWB motherboard
c) 1 GB DDR1 RAM with 400 Mhz
I used Xubuntu 12.04 for almost 6-8 months... i was workifn absolutely fine.
before trying out i had also tried lubuntu/kubuntu but there were some problem with installation... so i dropped it.
X12.04 was rocking on my this old machine where Win7 never use to work properly.
when X12.10 was released I upgraded to it ... still it was ok...but little bit bigger foot print i beleive ( dont remember exactly).
In my office i have 2-3 desktops with me so i keep trying differnet OS on that , i had one of them running linux mint and otherone runnign xubuntu 12.10.
l liked linux mint's UI green color thunar etc... and its friendlyness with windows network... it would detect other windows machine in my office network....
I decided to intall linux mint on my ancient P4 machine @ home computer.
it wasn't good at all , since my office desktops had 4GB rams and dual core/quad core it was running fine but it dint run on my P4 with 1 GB RAM.
so decided to go back to X12.10.
I moved back but then audio was not working by default ( and i dint remember if it had worked by default in X12.04 or X12.10 soon after previous installation, may even ealier i would have installed xubuntu extras)
Now autoupdateer notidfied me that there is a X13.04 avaailable, I donwloaded X13.04 iso in office and burnt it on DVD ( from CD it became DVD, xubntu12.10 use to fit in CD)
tried upgrading my P4 machien with 1 GB RAM , upgrade went fine until the stage called "restoring preisouly installed packages" , I waited 4 hours in front my pc , chatting on IRC ,... but it dint complete.
i then left it and next morning i saw it was completely done ... people on IRC pointed out it ws 1GB RAM because of which it took so long in upgrade ( in that restoring stage ).
After upgrading to X13.04 with 1GB RAM my experinace wasn;t all that great , it was a bit slow, when i went to software center and I tried installing all my softwares like Childpay,Gcompri,Pre-school,primary education packs....
sofware center hung , I then restarted machine and installed all softwares one by one ... ie. once one software is completly installed then browse/search and install new software...this approached worked fine... so here also the problem was
1 GB RAM only ... with one GB RAM my sofware center could not work , it had to use swap area, very extensively.
After all this i went out an purchased 2 sticks of 1 GB DRR1-400 Mhz Transcend RAM. my mother board had 4 slots for RAM, two werre already occupied by my my previous RAM
2x512 MB Hynix DDR1-400 MB RAM, when i added two new sticks each of 1 GB from Transcend ... both hynix and Transcend dint work together.... though their frequency were same.
I then removed my 2 sticks of 512 MB RAM from Hynix, and it worked fine ... now the experinace on Xubntu 13.04 was good , it was smooth , no more swap memory usage.
but i remember having extactly this smooth experiance with X12.04 with just 1 GB RAM.
So I would want to move back to Xubuntu 12.04, and would stick to it until its support is over ( i guess April 2015) , but then I need to spend aain 8-1015 hours on installations...
first install OS then installed configured software...move data ... all this takes time... but i think i will still have to take out time and do it ...cause xubuntu 13.04 is unstable in my opinion lot of isssues
i am reporting them one by one so that it can improve. now also i see some issue when click the xubuntu menu in top-left and go to systems... there some paininting issues menus are not drawn correctly...
but all this will stablize in 2-3 months i belive with updates...
so my take for all PCs with Pentium-4 and 1 GB RAM go for Xubuntu 12.04.
its still best when compare to Xubuntu 12.10 and Xubuntu 13.04 and Linux Mint 14.
Linux Mint 14, Xubuntu 12.10 both had almost equal foot print of 140 MB after boot, and around 40 user processes running.
I dont remember how much was the foot print of Xubuntu 12.04 after boot, if somebody remember please tell me.
I will update the memory footprint of Xubuntu 13.04 after posting this message and rebooting..
below is my hardware details...