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  1. #11
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    For a comparison, I'm running Lubuntu 18.04 on my 2003 Dell D800 32-bit-only notebook. Its' CPU is a single-core Pentium-M (basically a Pentium 3 with a faster bus). Lubuntu is perfectly usable out-of-the-box; I haven't swapped Firefox for Opera to try it out. You'll want the 64-bit version of Ubuntu; 32-bit is being dropped. I would recommend the 18.04LTS version, then you can upgrade to 20.04 after it has been out a few months.
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  2. #12
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    Lubuntu is a good idea but people should forget about 18.04. It's based upon LXDE and hence a dead end. A clean install of the LXQT based 19.10 is a better option.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
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    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Lightweight OS

    +1 to mrgs. I'm running Lubuntu 19.10 and it's completely reliable and stable.

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    Re: Lightweight OS

    @morgaes - I'm sure you're right about 19.10; I guess I have a bit of tunnel vision about 18.04 because it is the last desktop *buntu my older 32-bit-only notebook can run.
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    I had the same problem finding a good OS for my 32 bit hardware. This one proved to be one of the better:
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread....1#post13902890
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

  6. #16
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    Install Lubuntu. It's an official flavour and super light. If you run:

    sudo apt-get install lxde

    Then log off and log in to the LXDE session it will be much lighter.

  7. #17
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    Quote Originally Posted by ActionParsnip View Post
    Install Lubuntu. It's an official flavour and super light. If you run:

    sudo apt-get install lxde

    Then log off and log in to the LXDE session it will be much lighter.

    Lubuntu is light, not super light (it used to be but no longer is; there are better alternatives for very old machines but outside of the "Ubuntu family").

    Installing LXDE does NOT "install Lubuntu", it install the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" on top of whatever you're installing it on. Lubuntu is a full featured distro, an Ubuntu "flavor" and it includes the DE but it's not limited to the DE. And LXDE is now "old news", Lubuntu uses LXQt currently, ther old LXDE is a dead-end.

  8. #18
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    You should give Bodhi Linux a spin.
    Enlightenment desktop on Ubuntu: https://github.com/batden

  9. #19
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    Re: Lightweight OS

    Guys,

    First off, thanks for the great responses! You definitely gave me a lot to think about/research. I ended up installing Lubuntu on my workshop laptop and love it!... So much so, that I am trying to install it on my tablet as well, but am running into some issues. Should I create a new post or can we address that on this one?

    Thanks again!! I am really looking forward to the fresh new OS!

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    Re: Lightweight OS

    Make a new post, as specific as you can. Lots of awesome folks here to help!


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