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dave194
September 1st, 2015, 03:52 PM
I've been happily running Ubuntu 10.10 for a few years to do various local tasks (and using another OS to surf the web), and now wish to upgrade.

But if I understand the system requirements correctly, I can't upgrade to the current version without purchasing a new laptop. I have a Dell Latitude D500,Pentium M 1.30 GBZ, 30 GB HD, 600 MHZ, 512 GB RAM.

What version can I upgrade to without purchasing new hardware?

Thanks,
Dave

mrgs
September 1st, 2015, 03:58 PM
Hi, welcome to the fora.
Lubuntu is an option. What matters is not the operative system but the applications you choose.

If you encounter PAE problems this might help:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PAE

Bucky Ball
September 1st, 2015, 04:23 PM
Welcome. If you could get it up to 1Gb of RAM that might be all you need for a relatively painless experience. Lubuntu or possibly Xubuntu would run on that.

I would consider a minimal install (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD) and add a lightweight desktop and only the apps you use, nothing else. Good luck.

dave194
September 1st, 2015, 04:30 PM
Hi, welcome to the fora.
Lubuntu is an option. What matters is not the operative system but the applications you choose.

If you encounter PAE problems this might help:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PAE

Thank you for the advice and links. I would like to keep Open Office, and don't have a good web connection for downloading stuff. Will probably buy a USB installer if I can find one.

So, without switching to Lubuntu, is there an Ubuntu XX.XX version that my hardware will support, above 10.10?

Thanks,
Dave

SeijiSensei
September 1st, 2015, 04:38 PM
You won't have any support for versions other than 12.04LTS, 14.04LTS, or the current 15.04 and 15.10 versions. See this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

You should really consider adding more memory. A second 512KB stick for you machine costs $10-20 (http://www.memorystock.com/orderitem.asp?it=552ms-156&MnfId=&MdlId=35816) and would make a big difference. A 1 GB stick is about the same price (http://www.memorystock.com/orderitem.asp?it=637ms-LH&MnfId=&MdlId=35816). I'd invest the $40 and upgrade to 2 GB if that doesn't bust your wallet.

v3.xx
September 1st, 2015, 04:40 PM
don't have a good web connection for downloading stuff. Will probably buy a USB installer if I can find one.

https://www.osdisc.com/

dave194
September 1st, 2015, 04:42 PM
Thank you, all. Much appreciated!

Dave