Hello Pentium M users,
If you have a laptop with Pentium M CPU, what OS are you running? And how are you using it?
I think most if not all of these laptops came with Windows XP, but if you read this post, you have probably tried some Ubuntu version and flavour.
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS ... 10.04 desktop LTS (past end of life)
- Xubuntu 8.04 LTS ... 12.04 LTS (end of life April 2015)
- Lubuntu 10.04 ...12.04 (end of life October 2013)
- kansasnoob's 12.04 LTS / Precise Classic (No effects) Tweaks and tricks (end of life April 2017)
- LXLE (based on Lubuntu 12.04) intended to be maintained as an LTS release (end of life April 2017)
- Windows XP (end of life April 2014)
There are many high quality professional laptops with Pentium M CPUs, that are still in good shape. But the available operating systems are decreasing in number. I think there will be a lot of computers, that will be abandoned at Windows XP end of life, which is less than one year from now. This is an opportunity to get an old but still high quality laptop very cheap. If you know how to run it with supported versions and flavours of Ubuntu, it can be a good companion for some more years. See also this link
If you want to run a new version of the Ubuntu flavours, you will have problems because these have only PAE kernels, and many old Pentium M CPUs have no PAE flag. But the good news is that these CPUs have PAE capability, and there is a method to run the versions 12.10 and 13.04 with fake-PAE by 7bit.
See these links
New: Instructions how to make install USB drive from Windows with graphical user interface tools
I suggest that we can describe our hardware and software, and how we intend to run these laptops.
I have an IBM Thinkpad T42 and a friend of mine has an IBM Thinkpad T41. We use them for daily activities (of course no HD video or numbercrunching). Both laptops are still going strong with Lubuntu 12.04. But I am preparing for Lubuntu's non-pae end of life in October, and have made Lubuntu-fake-PAE, that uses fake-PAE to help installing Lubuntu 13.04 directly.