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    What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    A few years ago I thought Ubuntu used to have a netbook version, but I can no longer find a source to it. Or a version that was much less taxiing then the full versions.

    Please advise of what is the best version to use for older computers and / or net-book such as an Acer Aspire One.

    Also do these thinned down older versions still have good security compared to current versions?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you have.

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

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    How much RAM? What processor? What do you want to do with the machine?

    You can try any distro/Ubuntu flavour by runnig it from the install CD/USB before install to see how it goes. You will get a slight speed improvement from a hard drive install.

    Xubuntu and Lubuntu are best for low spec machines. Puppy Linux even lighter (runs on RAM). There are a million and one lightweight distros out there. You can even construct your own. Ubuntu minimal install and add what you want (lightweight DE for instance and three or four programs). Try having a look around Distrowatch.

    http://distrowatch.com/

    Netbook remix doesn't exist anymore.

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntark View Post
    Please advise of what is the best version to use for older computers and / or net-book such as an Acer Aspire One.
    Can't beat Peppermint OS for netbooks/USB thumbdrives IMO.

    Here's my netbook...
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    Intel P4 Extreme Edition 3.4 (Gallatin) || DFI LanParty PRO875B rev B1
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 1GB || Mountain Mods U2-UFO Opti-1203
    XFX 7600GT 560M AGP (PV-T73A-UDF3) || Corsair HX520W Modular PSU

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    Hi VinDSL,

    I have attached your image and deleted it from the body of the post. Please attach large images rather than put them in the body of the post (spare a thought for those with slow connections). Thanks.

    (PS: Looks good. Might have to try Peppermint myself! )

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    Thanks!

    Will do...
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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    Please help testing a new tool for hardware diagnostics.

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    I find regular Ubuntu does fine on a netbook, just use the Unity 2D interface instead of the default 3D version.

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    I think the title contains two separate questions.

    1. OS for a netbook

    I think most linux distros work fairly well on a netbook, and you can select according to your speed versus eye-candy preferences what desktop environment you like.

    2. OS for an old computer

    Here it is important to select a linux distro that is good at recognizing and co-operating with old hardware. Of course there are also the same issues as for netbooks. I have found that Knoppix is good for old computers.

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    I have an old Toshiba Satellite,more than 6 years old and Xubuntu 12.04 works like a charm.Ubuntu was slow on it so I chose Xubuntu.
    Cominus et eminus

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    Re: What version is best for netbooks / old slow puters?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    I think the title contains two separate questions.

    1. OS for a netbook

    2. OS for an old computer
    Yes, sir...

    I already gave my considered opinion on #1 -- born out of trying many, many OSs.

    On #2 (no pun intended) computers, my preferred OS is Macpup Opera 2.0 (based on Puppy 4.3.1).

    LINKAGE: http://macpup.org/opera2.php

    It features Enlightenment e17 WM by default, which is beautiful and fast.

    I'm still running Macpup Opera 2.0 on an emachines etower and Fujitsu Lifebook lappy -- both built in the last century.

    Here's some pretty pics and a lot of text, concerning my etower, if you're interested in antiques...

    SOURCE: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2078772
    Intel P4 Extreme Edition 3.4 (Gallatin) || DFI LanParty PRO875B rev B1
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 1GB || Mountain Mods U2-UFO Opti-1203
    XFX 7600GT 560M AGP (PV-T73A-UDF3) || Corsair HX520W Modular PSU

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