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Delocaz
March 18th, 2012, 10:01 PM
Not sure if this is the right forum as i'm new here.

Will my laptop run Ubuntu or should i go with Xubuntu or Lubuntu?

/proc/meminfo output:

MemTotal: 1931072 kB
MemFree: 1167180 kB
Buffers: 104280 kB
Cached: 273140 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 472412 kB
Inactive: 247000 kB
Active(anon): 344044 kB
Inactive(anon): 35220 kB
Active(file): 128368 kB
Inactive(file): 211780 kB
Unevictable: 0 kB
Mlocked: 0 kB
HighTotal: 1051208 kB
HighFree: 431456 kB
LowTotal: 879864 kB
LowFree: 735724 kB
SwapTotal: 1966076 kB
SwapFree: 1966076 kB
Dirty: 656 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
AnonPages: 342004 kB
Mapped: 63204 kB
Shmem: 37276 kB
Slab: 16924 kB
SReclaimable: 10332 kB
SUnreclaim: 6592 kB
KernelStack: 1280 kB
PageTables: 2560 kB
NFS_Unstable: 0 kB
Bounce: 0 kB
WritebackTmp: 0 kB
CommitLimit: 2931612 kB
Committed_AS: 745264 kB
VmallocTotal: 122880 kB
VmallocUsed: 21224 kB
VmallocChunk: 99132 kB
HardwareCorrupted: 0 kB
AnonHugePages: 0 kB
HugePages_Total: 0
HugePages_Free: 0
HugePages_Rsvd: 0
HugePages_Surp: 0
Hugepagesize: 2048 kB
DirectMap4k: 12280 kB
DirectMap2M: 901120 kB

/proc/cpuinfo output:

processor : 0
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 15
model : 76
model name : Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3600+
stepping : 2
cpu MHz : 800.000
cache size : 256 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow up extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm extapic cr8_legacy
bogomips : 1600.25
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management: ts fid vid ttp tm stc

Will this be enough info?

winh8r
March 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM
If it were my laptop I would be looking at using Lubuntu.

It will run on machines with much lower spec than other versions of Ubuntu.

And Lubuntu is a nice OS too, it performs well and looks good too.

A lifesaver for older machines!

Delocaz
March 18th, 2012, 10:14 PM
If it were my laptop I would be looking at using Lubuntu.

It will run on machines with much lower spec than other versions of Ubuntu.

And Lubuntu is a nice OS too, it performs well and looks good too.

A lifesaver for older machines!

Wouldn't Lubuntu be like, TOO lightweight? I mean, it has 2 gigs of RAM and a 2GHz processor...

BertN45
March 18th, 2012, 10:24 PM
If it were my laptop I would be looking at using Lubuntu.

It will run on machines with much lower spec than other versions of Ubuntu.

And Lubuntu is a nice OS too, it performs well and looks good too.

A lifesaver for older machines!

This is not really an old machine. It is the same as my laptop I bought 4 years ago and I happily run Ubuntu 12.04 on it. Lubuntu I would suggest for e.g. P-III, like my previous old laptop a P-III 500mHz and 384GB of memory.

Ubuntu 12.04 is more robust and will be maintained longer, then the comparable Lubuntu version. On the other hand if you liked the look and feel of Windows 2000, Lubuntu might be a good choice.

Rex Bouwense
March 18th, 2012, 10:25 PM
While Lubuntu is tauted for older machines with less RAM, LXDE is just another desktop. Try it. You may like it. I did and am a convert. You do not need to stick with the default programs. The whole repository is open to download. Check it out.

winh8r
March 18th, 2012, 10:28 PM
I find Lubuntu perfect on any laptop not just my older ones, the fact that it uses less resources just to run means that you have loads to spare for running heavy applications like photo/video editing etc.

Just my personal choice though.

It will run the other versions too though.

ajgreeny
March 18th, 2012, 11:28 PM
I agree with both sides of this discussion. I have a desktop with a sempron 2400+, 2GB ram and an ati 9200SE graphic card, which runs ubuntu 10.04 with gnome 2 with no problems at all. It also will run 11.10, but only with the unity 2D desktop, but as I can't get to like unity, I have stuck with 10.04. However, when 10.04 looses support, I shall probably move over to Lubuntu.

I already use it on my netbook where it is fabulous, and on an old celeron laptop with only 512MB ram, and even on that it is very good. I also have 4 test partitions on my main desktop, the one with 10.04, and on those partitions I have Kubuntu 11.10, Xubuntu 11.10, Lubuntu 11.10, and Bodhi 1.3.0.

I love Lubuntu, I like Xubuntu, find Bodhi very interesting, but don't like Kubuntu as I can not get to grips with KDE.

Do try Lubuntu; it really does deserve more use than it probably gets at the moment. But if you try another system and like it better, and it runs fast enough, use that. That is the delight of linux; you can choose between so many options and still have an OS to suit yourself.

jerrrys
March 18th, 2012, 11:31 PM
And there are other options for low power machines.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems