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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    I tend to agree with TheFu. I'm no fan of disposing of functioning hardware but there comes a time where it's possible but impractical to upgrade existing hardware.

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    I used IBM Thinkpad T43, dell Latitude 610 & other like systems in testing Lubuntu & Xubuntu up to and including the 19.04 cycle (or Dec 2018 when x86 ISOs were dropped). The only reason I didn't use older laptops (eg. IBM Thinkpad R50p) was many of them didn't boot thumb-drives and I wasn't willing to write a DVD-RW just for them [to test] every few days.

    I'm of the opinion that yes Lubuntu & Xubuntu will run; in fact many other flavors also had a 18.04 LTS release which has supported until 2021-April; but I'd stick with Lubuntu or Xubuntu myself.

    Would I want to use it? Yes in most cases I would, as I still use my thinkpad R50p from 2003 and use it way more than my raspberry pi 2b+. It very much depends on what I wanted to do with it, as whilst i love the form factor & screen of my r50p (even with ~15min life battery), it's 1GB of memory & single-core CPU means I think about what I do with it (eg. I went and looked and it had 2x vlc loaded, 2x terms & 2x file managers, if I wanted to load a browser I'd probably close the vlc windows first because of it's lack of ram).

    Personally if I wanted to stream youtube, I'd probably opt for the dell latitude 610 which has the same processor, RAM but a different video card (i915) that's performs better ... ie. your hardware plays a part in the usefulness of your hardware). The thinkpad's (r50p, t43, t43p) had better video cards (according to sales literature) than the latitude 610 I have (t43's have 1.5gb of ram which is more than r50/d610 too) - however for some tasks the i915 video chipset is the winner for me; because the intel has a better linux driver than amd's radeon. For most tasks this won't matter, but for some it does make a difference (lack of screen tearing on videos; yes you can stop it - but that has costs that I'm not sure are worth it)

    Yes you can. In the Ubuntu family I'd opt for Lubuntu 18.04 LTS or Xubuntu 18.04 LTS. With ~1GB only of RAM I'd suggest being careful with program choice due to your limited RAM. If you want to have your system supported beyond 2021-April think about Debian (though it has a smaller support community, requires a little more technical knowledge)

    FYI: I tested debian buster (10) using the d610, t43 & other x86 boxes too, debian has non-free ISOs which on most hardware performed really well (on par with *Ubuntu); with one video card (two boxes) it made me appreciate how much easier *Ubuntu is.

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    Where do you live? If you live in the countryside where it's unlikely that any black hat will be able to notice your signal then a weak encryption is fine.

    If you want strong encryption:
    Normally it only takes a small Philips screwdriver to swap the wifi card. I have done that on many occasions.

    In addition to better encryption a newer card might also support a faster 802.* protocol.
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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    Quote Originally Posted by mörgæs View Post
    Where do you live? If you live in the countryside where it's unlikely that any black hat will be able to notice your signal then a weak encryption is fine.

    If you want strong encryption:
    Normally it only takes a small Philips screwdriver to swap the wifi card. I have done that on many occasions.

    In addition to better encryption a newer card might also support a faster 802.* protocol.
    One thing to watch out for when swapping notebook wifi components. Thinkpads (and others?) whitelist WiFi adapters. You must use one of the whitelisted adapters. The simplest work-around is a USB device. I've read that the newer Thinkpads don't whitelist but I don't know if that's true. I don't know what other manufacturers, if any, whitelist WiFi hardware.

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases
    Ubuntu 14.04 with ESM option will be supported up to April 2022
    Ubuntu 16.04 with ESM option will be supported up to April 2024
    ESM option is FREE
    https://ubuntu.com/esm https://ubuntu.com/blog/extended-sec...04-trusty-tahr

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    Quote Originally Posted by corradoventu View Post
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases
    Ubuntu 14.04 with ESM option will be supported up to April 2022
    Ubuntu 16.04 with ESM option will be supported up to April 2024
    ESM option is FREE
    https://ubuntu.com/esm https://ubuntu.com/blog/extended-sec...04-trusty-tahr
    Technically true, but is isn't automatic and logins to Canonical ESM are mandatory.
    16.04 Server is supported until 2021 ... May-ish without providing Canonical extra access or data. I don't keep up with Desktop support timeframes, since some are 3 yrs and others are 5. It is just too confusing to me.

    The ESM options are meant for servers.

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    Code:
    $ sudo ubuntu-support-status
    Support status summary of xxxxxx:
    
    You have 1656 packages (68.0%) supported until April 2021 (Canonical - 5y)
    You have 62 packages (2.5%) supported until April 2021 (Community - 5y)
    
    You have 0 packages (0.0%) that can not/no-longer be downloaded
    You have 716 packages (29.4%) that are unsupported
    716 unsupported packages on a "supported" OS.

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    For a USB wifi adapter, I recommend https://www.amazon.com/Edimax-EW-781.../dp/B003MTTJOY

    Supports N speeds and works out of the box with Linux. Pretty good range considering its size, too. The form factor lets you plug it into a USB port and forget it's there.
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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    I have always thought that WI-FI encryption had nothing to do with hardware but was a
    drivers/software problem.
    It may be worth looking in that direction.
    But if the hardware is too old or bugged may be no one improved it's drivers.
    If recent devices do the encryption themselves this saves processor time so it is good too.
    Happy user of Ubuntu-19.04 on a Beelink BT3pro mini PC

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    Re: Looking for a linux operating system that will run on a windows XP built in 2003

    Ubuntu isn't the only choice. Here are some other very lightweight distros:https://itsfoss.com/lightweight-linux-beginners. Also, Manjaro is continuing to supply 32-bit distros:https://manjaro.org/download/32bit/32bit-xfce/.

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