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Reokie
October 11th, 2010, 04:52 PM
The laptop that I'm getting is a :
Dell Latitude D600 - Pentium M 1.7 GHz - 14.1″ - 512 MB Ram - 40 GB HDD laptop


The current laptop i'm using now has both Vista and Ubuntu loaded onto it. I still use the visa portion on my first laptop sometimes because I have some programs, (MMO Games) That dont work properly in WINE. Im planning to use the second laptop as a work laptop (School work, papers, blogging, on-the-go, programming, ect. ect.). This second laptop also comes with XP. Since I wont be playing games on this second laptop that much, should I make it full ubuntu? Or keep it all XP, because I know the laptop doesn't have the HD space for both.

oldfred
October 11th, 2010, 05:18 PM
Ubuntu should run in 512MB, but one of the lighterweight versions may work better.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MaverickMeerkat/ReleaseNotes#Common%20Desktop%20Applications

Lighter weight Versions use with Chromium browser as it is lighter than firefox:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal
Lubuntu, which uses the LXDE desktop environment, targeted at "normal computers" with 128 MB
Xubuntu, a "lightweight" distribution based on the Xfce desktop environment or add LXDE desktop (is not lubuntu)
Crunchbang: the unofficial Ubuntu Lite
Someone posted this:
Linux Mint XFCE runs fine on a PIII, 500 MHz
8 of the best tiny Linux distros
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/8-of-the-best-tiny-linux-distros-683552
Slitaz, DSL, Puppy, Crunchbang

Reokie
October 11th, 2010, 06:25 PM
Thanks! I am considering Lubuntu, but I'm wondering if Lubuntu has WINE and if it has the same "Ubuntu Software Center" that the normal Ubuntu has. If it doesnt then I may consider CrunchBang. But if the specs alow it to run Ubuntu fine, then that would be my top choice.

ptn107
October 11th, 2010, 06:29 PM
For home and multimedia I use Ubuntu. My work laptop runs Debian stable. I really recommend it.

Debian 5.0.6 (Lenny) 32-bit DVD (http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/5.0.6/i386/iso-dvd/debian-506-i386-DVD-1.iso)

Debian 5.0.6 (Lenny) 64-bit DVD (http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/5.0.6/amd64/iso-dvd/debian-506-amd64-DVD-1.iso)

scratman
October 11th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Ubuntu netbook edition 10.04 worked just fine on my Acer Aspire One ZG5 with 1.6 Ghz Processor, 512Mb RAM and 8Gb SSD, however 10.10 has some teething problems. If all you want is the ability to use office software, browse the net, instant message, watch video and listen to music, then Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 will do all of the above on that hardware, although not necessarily simultaneously.

Objekt
October 11th, 2010, 06:39 PM
I run Crunchbang (based on Ubuntu 9.04) on a laptop that is so old, it has no right to still be working: Compaq Presario 710, with a blazing-fast 1.0 GHz Duron CPU, and a whopping 256 MB RAM.

That was NOT enough for the Windows XP it came with, but it works OK with a lighter Linux distro.

I tried Xubuntu 9.10 as well, but it was so slow that the GUI was unusable. Too "heavy" for the ancient hardware, I guess.

Lubuntu might work even better than Crunchbang. I just haven't tried it.

Hope this helps.

Reokie
October 11th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Ah! Yes, a friend of mine uses Lubuntu, and it seems to work for him. But, when I install it, should it be a dual-boot, or should I just get rid of Windows XP and just use Lubu?

**edit** Never mind, I decided to get rid of XP, I have vista on my other laptop anyway, thanks!

jerrylamos
October 11th, 2010, 09:34 PM
Ah! Yes, a friend of mine uses Lubuntu, and it seems to work for him. But, when I install it, should it be a dual-boot, or should I just get rid of Windows XP and just use Lubu?

**edit** Never mind, I decided to get rid of XP, I have vista on my other laptop anyway, thanks!

I'm multi-boot including Lubuntu 10.10.10 and Ubuntu 10.10.10 comparing them both. They both run O.K. on my Thinkpad 1 gHz 512mb laptop as well as this 2 gHz tower. Ubuntu is comfortably fast with ordinary applications such as internet browsing, office applications, email, you name it. I don't do games. Full screen video is jerky no surprise. Lubuntu is a bit crisper however Chromium I'm using here is a bit devious for options and setup.

Have fun, Jerry

p.s. I had XP on a 1.5 gHz P4 thinkpad T40 768 mb. Sludge. Like wading in deep mud. It is nice and fast with Ubuntu, wireless and all, decent internet videos.