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    Old CPU OS?

    Im looking for a good *stable* light OS for my old CPU.

    I tried puppy, it ran well but i didnt like the look. I tried bodhi but it was too unstable. How bout http://sparkylinux.org/? Is that any good?

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    Give linux mint 14 mate a spin. It works well on older hardware.
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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    ArchBang runs very well on an old laptop I have, so does some old slackware variants I've tried on it. Arch is a little easier to use though, so I stuck with that.

    Haven't tried sparky...

    But from what I can give you, Debian for me is the easiest to use (any variant - knoppix spin-ofs with GUI's are VERY light and debian-based and run on damn near anything.

    Arch and slackware light distros are a little more difficult, but use OpenBox or as "heavy" as LXDE and you shouldn't have an issue - arch and slackware are very light in what distros are spun out of them (not all of course, but most are pretty lightweight since their mostly rolling-releases).

    Gentoo and it's variants are extremely difficult for newer users - but give you absolute control of literally everything - all at once at install too (not like others don't, but this is serious about no-autoconfig stuff). Sabayon is heavy, but other Gentoo can be as light as you want it.

    Or, Damn Small Linux is very, very light... but you'd better be comfortable with the CLI.

    I choose Arch for old computers - ArchBang specifically because you can run it on a cpu powered by a couple hamsters on an exercise wheel and a potato battery.

    Most of what you'll worry about is the GUI apps and Desktop Environment though, linux itself requires almost nothing to run. MATE and Cinnamon are pretty light too - but forks of GNOME so they take a wee bit more. Razr is even lighter than LXDE - OpenBox is even lighter, Awesome is even lighter... Unity or KDE are heavy and intensive - GNOME or even it's fallback are not much less than that - if any depending on distro...

    That's my two cents I like ArchBang man, so I'm biased I guess
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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    Is there a light os that looks kinda like mac?

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    Quote Originally Posted by tahdas View Post
    Is there a light os that looks kinda like mac?
    Try elementaryos, it's light and looks like mac:

    http://elementaryos.org/

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    That wouldnt run i did try it.

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    What kind of CPU do you have? And how much RAM?

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    tahdas@PepperMintIcecream ~ $ lspci |grep -i vga
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

    Yeah i think im going to stick with Peppermint for now, but id like to have it look mac-e or at least have a Ubuntu like top thingy (You know the thing at the of the screen with the time and mail and notifications.) I'd also like to have the x and minimize button for the browsers on the left instead of the right.
    Thanks for the help and the advice!
    tahdas
    Last edited by tahdas; March 1st, 2013 at 02:55 AM.

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    Quote Originally Posted by tahdas View Post
    tahdas@PepperMintIcecream ~ $ lspci |grep -i vga
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
    Just so happens that I've been wrestling with a machine with this very chipset today. The older 800-series intel chips have been really poorly supported for the last several years. With an 865 you're fortunate if X11 even works.

    Yeah i think im going to stick with Peppermint for now, but id like to have it look mac-e or at least have a Ubuntu like top thingy (You know the thing at the of the screen with the time and mail and notifications.) I'd also like to have the x and minimize button for the browsers on the left instead of the right.
    Thanks for the help and the advice!
    tahdas
    You can customize this sort of thing in most desktop environments, I'd say start with XFCE and just dig in. Don't be put off if the default look & feel isn't what you want, most desktop environments allow for pretty deep customization (Unity is probably the biggest exception).

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    Re: Old CPU OS?

    PicofDesign.pngThis is what i ve done so far.

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