What should I get

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  1. dyo1

    dyo1 New Member

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    Since I will most likely get a new computer soon, I would like to install Linux to my old one, I heard that there are good operating systems that don't require much memory, but since I'm kinda noob to these stuff (never worked with Linux), I would like to ask if anyone can recommend me what should I get, here are the specs:

    ~498 MB RAM
    -1.4 GHz
    -32 MB VRAM
    150 GB HDD (100 GB / 50 GB)


    I want a basic* operating system that has nice support (apps,browser and such),its' going to be always connected to the net and I would probably use it for Facebook and saving pictures/word documents on it, I have a lot of PDF documents as well...

    *doesn't need to be graphically enhanced with effects and bunch of stuff that I won't use
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  2. arochester

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    Less and less true nowadays.

    @Darren Hale is correct, you need a lightweight distro. Could you increase the amount of RAM? Linux Lite has recommended minimum system requirements of 512MB RAM.

    You could look at Lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/ or LXLE http://lxle.net/ or Antix http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

    There are distros with lower requirements but they normally require you to manually partition, which can be tricky for a newbie. Higher versions will have automatic partitioning.

    BEWARE! If you add heavyweight apps to a lightweight distro you will cancel it out...
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  4. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Less and less true nowadays.

    @Darren Hale is correct, you need a lightweight distro. Could you increase the amount of RAM? Linux Lite has recommended minimum system requirements of 512MB RAM.

    You could look at Lubuntu http://lubuntu.net/ or LXLE http://lxle.net/ or Antix http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

    There are distros with lower requirements but they normally require you to manually partition, which can be tricky for a newbie. Higher versions will have automatic partitioning.

    BEWARE! If you add heavyweight apps to a lightweight distro you will cancel it out...
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  5. dyo1

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    I will still try out 'Linux Lite' and all the others on a VM machine with the same setup as the real machine, thanks for the support, I'll probably play with em' all night since there's nothing else to do :D
    What do you mean by that?

    PS I have 64MBx3 around my place, but none of them will help me out, still I will try to buy some after few months probably...
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    I mean:

    1) Some of the major distros are demanding more and more memory. They are not lightweight. Some, more basic, distros are still lightweight but generally more difficult for a newbie to install.

    2) If you use a lightweight distro and then add a lot of heavyweight apps on top of it you no longer have a "lightweight" distro. One list of lightweight apps I have found useful is at
    http://harbhag.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/best-lightweight-applications-for-linux/
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  7. dyo1

    dyo1 New Member

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    Isn't it normal for an OS to get more and more heavy as more applications are installed?
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    PS: I'm running lxle on a USB drive, and I have Lubuntu disk, I think I made the right choice, if anyone thinks not - give ideas, say why.
    Linux rules! :D
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    Both USB and CD will run slower than an actual Hard Drive install.
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    I'm sure of that, but lxle runs on USB WAY better than on a CD, that just takes 5 minutes to power on, and on USB it's like 1-2 minutes, and it doesn't actually run slow.

    By the way, i have a 16 GB flash drive, when I plug it in the system get's stuck on it's post screen, but on my 4 GB flash drive it starts well, any ideas why this happens?

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