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  1. #1
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    Opinion about distro for old laptop :)

    Herro all,

    Running the risk off starting an all out distro war, im gonna ask anyway :P

    I have an old laptop lying aroung, i want to be able to surf and do alittle spreadsheet eg. libreoffice

    I have been using Linux mint since mint 8, and like it for my main laptop and my gaming computer running everything in wine, this laptop however dont need to do anything other than what i described. sooo i was thinking puppy linux or something similar.

    also been looking at opensuse, it used to be my choise for slowmo laptops, but i havent keept up with the latest editions and i kinda feel that alot of the "popular" destros tend to keep getting heavyer and heavyer...

    So please share ur apinion, will be much aprisiated!


    Ohh and please execute my english! its not my first language :P

    link to laptop specs... forgot.. :P

    hmm not allowed to link to other sites :/

    Its a acer travelmate 4272wlmi

    CPU Intel Core Duo T2300 / 1.66 GHz
    Number of Cores Dual-Core
    Cache L2 cache - 2.0 MB
    Front Side Bus 667.0 MHz
    Chipset Mobile Intel 945PM Express
    Platform Technology Intel Centrino Duo
    RAM 512.0 MB
    Technology DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard Drive 120.0 GB HDD / 5400.0 rpm
    Interface Serial ATA-150
    Storage Removable None
    Optical Drive DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM
    Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    Widescreen Yes
    Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
    Audio & Video
    Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 - 128.0 MB
    Memory Allocation Technology HyperMemory up to 512MB
    Max Allocated RAM Size 384.0 MB
    Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
    Compliant Standards Sound Blaster Pro
    Audio Features High Definition Audio
    Wireless 802.11a/b/g,
    Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
    Wireless Controller Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
    Features Acer SignalUp
    Compliant Standards Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

    Full specs can be found on c-net or just google ^^

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Chandigarh, India
    Hi and Welcome !

    My preference is AntiX. Give it a try once.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    New Users: Read This First

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    AntiX 12 full iso comes with libreoffice on the live cd. Base and Core isos do not.

    You think your specs are old.

    System:    Host: Biker Kernel: 3.6.0-11.dmz.1-liquorix-686 i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.7.2) 
               Desktop: LXDE (Openbox 3.5.0) Distro: antiX-core--a1 20 June 2010
    Machine:   System: Intel (portable) product: Montara Family of Chipsets
               Mobo: Phoenix model: RT786EX version: 41118 Bios: Phoenix version: MGM-ALL1.86C.1009.D.0604271130 date: 04/27/06
    CPU:       Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (sse sse2) bmips: 3189.56 clocked at 1600.00 MHz 
    Graphics:  Card: Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device bus-ID: 00:02.0 
               X.Org: 1.12.3 driver: intel Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz 
               GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 852GM/855GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.3 Mesa 8.0.4 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio:     Card: Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller 
               driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: 1c00 18c0 bus-ID: 00:1f.5 
               Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.25
    Network:   Card-1: Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k bus-ID: 07:00.0
               IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
               Card-2: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too ver: 0.9.28 port: 2000 bus-ID: 02:09.0
               IF: eth1 state: down mac: <filter>
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 30.0GB (19.6% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: IC25N030ATCS04 size: 30.0GB 
    Partition: ID: / size: 17G used: 7.6G (47%) fs: ext3 ID: swap-1 size: 0.58GB used: 0.03GB (6%) fs: swap 
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A 
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
    Info:      Processes: 103 Uptime: 2:17 Memory: 218.0/491.8MB Runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.7.1 
               Client: Shell (bash 4.2.36) inxi: 1.8.26
    This is a old AntiX 8.5 core iso install I keep current on this drive on this laptop.

    If wanting to go with like Open Suse or whatever. Just stick with installing Lightweight Window Managers instead of Desktop Environments
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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    Mason Texas
    Your RAM is the limiting factor. AnitX, SliTaz, Lubuntu, or Crunchbang should run fine on that amount of RAM.
    Registered Linux user #526930

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    europe :P
    Thank you all very much, downloading antix now and giving it atry, looks promising

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