[svlug] Linux for older laptop
slitt at troubleshooters.com
Thu Nov 16 08:54:16 PST 2017
On Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:22:10 -0800
Michael Eager <eager at eagerm.com> wrote:
> Hi All --
> I have an older laptop with a 32-bit Pentium M processor. It has
> been running Fedora 10 and I wanted to upgrade to something not quite
> so ancient. Fedora 26 KDE runs, but very slow.
> There are lots of recommendations online for distros for old/slow
> laptops. I'm not an Ubuntu fan, but it seems that this is the most
> common base. I'm seeing online recommendations of Lubuntu or LXLE.
> Does anyone have a recommendation or comments?
I've been extremely happy using Void Linux with (sometimes) Openbox or
(sometimes) LXDE. I run this setup on my 2GB RAM circa 2006 Acer
laptop, and it performs marvelously (till you run firefox, but, well,
that's a whole nother thing).
If you have misgivings about running a rolling release distro, well, so
do I. It sounds like a bad idea. But after 2 years of running Void
Linux on all my actual metal computers, I can tell you I've had less
problems with rolling-release Void than I had with all my other
distinct-version distros. And I get to run some pretty modern software:
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ gcc -v 2>&1 | tail -n1
gcc version 7.2.0 (GCC)
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ python3 -V
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ uname -rv
4.13.10_1 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Oct 29 17:25:31 UTC 2017
[slitt at mydesk ~]$
If I were to reboot my computer right now, the Linux version would move
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