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    What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    Okay before somebody says this has been covered previously I found out the previous posts and am more confused now that previously. Previously I knew nothing about Linux - Ubuntu and all the derivatives and now I know even less

    Okay old Laptop Dell D520 running windows 7

    CPU: Intel(R) Core (TM)2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66GHz 1.67GHz

    Ram 4.00GB (3.24GB useable)

    System Type 64 - bit operating system.

    My computing experience so far has been

    Windows 3.1
    Windows 3.11 - Yuk
    Windows 95
    Windows 98
    Windows Vista - double yuk
    Windows XP - I loved this one....
    Windows 7 - meh
    Windows 8 - Yuk again
    Windows 8.1 - what are you doing to me - YUK!!!!
    Windows 10 - meh

    So as a completely new alternative operating system user ,. What would you SME's (Subject Matter Experts) suggest to get me into Linux - *buntu, mint, something else. - RUNAWAY????

    I'm typing on the Dell windows is resource heavy and it buggy

    Probably use Linux for learning some coding (if possible), Writing documents - at a stretch- watching Youtube - more than likely NOT as my much older Lenovo T410 is twice as fast
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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    Xubuntu. Will run well on those specs (I have it running on 2 lesser machines) and gives you a decent desktop.

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    Thank you

    Noob Question I just search Xubuntu download? or is there a specific kernel?

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    You will probably want the LTS version as it is supported longer than the latest version.
    https://xubuntu.org/download
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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    No need to search.
    Just go up to the top of this page and in the dropdown option Ubuntu Community are links to all Ubuntu downloads pages.
    Just click on the link Get Xubuntu and it will redirect you to the Xubuntu download page.

    It looks like Xubuntu defaults to torrents, but if you want a direct download click on the country of your choice in the Mirrors sections
    and in that page select the listed file marked .iso at the end.
    This will do a normal download.

    All Ubuntu flavors use the same base as Ubuntu, so it uses the same kernel.
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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    As a new user, the exact kernel really isn't important. I haven't needed to worry about the exact kernel used very often, so don't worry about that.

    Lubuntu, xubuntu, Ubuntu-Mate are the lighter versions.

    It is fine that you've used all those alternative operating systems. We don't mind. Lots of people learn Linux with all sorts of handicaps. You can too!

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    Your hardware makes me think of

    - lenovo thinkpad sl510 (c2d-t6570, 2gb ram, i915)

    On the lenovo I have Lubuntu/Xubuntu installed (both are installed; 20.04) so I'd recommend Xubuntu or Lubuntu. Your tastes and end-applications you want to use will control which is best for you. (I couldn't decide so I have both and can select at login; but don't do that if you're a newbie; it complicates things). You have more ram, a weakness of my sl510.

    I've tested all releases up to the current development or impish on the lenovo sl510 as the device is mainly used now in QA-testing.

    By box name, your machine reminds me of

    - dell latitude d610 (pentium m, 1.5gb, intel i915)

    which was used in testing releases up to 19.04, last used in testing Lubuntu 18.04.5, Xubuntu 18.04.5 (and other flavors too) but the d610 was x86 only so is a different class of CPU to yours.

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    You will normally want to stay with the LTS releases. LTS releases are made every 4 years. Right now, 20.04 is the current one. 20 = 2020 and 04 = 4th month (April). Every 6 months there is another short-term release. These are only good until the next short term release is issued. The short term releases are usually made to try something new or to make state-of-the-art hardware work. The next LTS will be in April of next year and you will be able to update your current release to that when it comes out.

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    Quote Originally Posted by Autodave View Post
    You will normally want to stay with the LTS releases. LTS releases are made every 4 years.
    Small typo here - LTS (Long Term Support) releases are every two years.

    @Autodave - I know that you know but the OP may not know

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    Re: What linux OS for Dell Latitude D520

    If you want, you can try Focal Fossa LTS (Long Term Support) and will end the support until April 2025 you have 4 years open of support.
    At-least you have 4 more years long to enjoy of using it. It has a free O.S. updates and etc. Now, Welcome into Linux World.
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