Lubuntu for old laptop

dileepchacko

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Hi Have recently used Linux Lubuntu on my old laptop. Its good experience, the laptop is working great, but the interface is not that great. I would like to know from other members is there any other Linux distributions better than Lubuntu, which can run in old laptop. I have also created a video how to install Lubuntu on old laptop.

Refer the video :

Please share your thoughts on this?
 


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You don't have to install a different distribution in order to use a different graphical interface. Since you want a light desktop environment you could install the Xfce desktop environment.
Code:
sudo apt-get install xfce4
Then reboot, select your user, then you should have somewhere to select that you want to boot into "Xfce Session"
 

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OP says Lubuntu works great but that they don't like the interface. Why recommend different distributions instead of recommending different Desktop Environments(DE's) since you can install multiple DE's on any distribution.
 

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Because they specifically asked about other distros.

(That's why I added my comment.)
Yes but OP doesn't seem to understand that you can install different DE's on a distribution and that they don't need to do a full reinstall in order to use a different DE.
 

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Put everything on hold, guys, until my response coming up.

Ta

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Dona Dileep, first up I should say G'day and welcome to linux.org :)

Then, some deep and meaningful questions for you.

1. What, if any, is your relationship with electrocreations.com ?
2. Are you simply intending to mine us for information in order to enhance your youtube video channel, or are you planning to stay around and become a contributing member of this very friendly and helpful community?
3. Clearly you have the knowledge to run a VM to create your video in #1. Is there a reason you have not used either VM or USB sticks to research other lightweight Linux Distros, such as those linked to by friend @KGIII above?

Following your answers, I can give a critique on your video, and perhaps a more definitive coverage of lightweight distros, to add to what my friends above have contributed so far.

All being well, and if you wish to continue this discourse, I would first ask what has not been asked, and that includes but is not limited to:

  1. How much RAM does the Dell XPS have?
  2. ...but the interface is not that great.
    What are you looking for in a DE (Desktop Environment), including eg a Windows look, a MacOS look, or other?

Cheers

Chris Turner
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dileepchacko

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You don't have to install a different distribution in order to use a different graphical interface. Since you want a light desktop environment you could install the Xfce desktop environment.
Code:
sudo apt-get install xfce4
Then reboot, select your user, then you should have somewhere to select that you want to boot into "Xfce Session"
Hi Thanks for the response, I will try xface4, but do you think the performance will be the same as the native GUI of the Lubuntu?
 

dileepchacko

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OP says Lubuntu works great but that they don't like the interface. Why recommend different distributions instead of recommending different Desktop Environments(DE's) since you can install multiple DE's on any distribution. I will try to install different DE's and let me check the performance will be same as the native DE's of Lubuntu.
 

dileepchacko

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Dona Dileep, first up I should say G'day and welcome to linux.org :)

Then, some deep and meaningful questions for you.

1. What, if any, is your relationship with electrocreations.com ?
2. Are you simply intending to mine us for information in order to enhance your youtube video channel, or are you planning to stay around and become a contributing member of this very friendly and helpful community?
3. Clearly you have the knowledge to run a VM to create your video in #1. Is there a reason you have not used either VM or USB sticks to research other lightweight Linux Distros, such as those linked to by friend @KGIII above?

Following your answers, I can give a critique on your video, and perhaps a more definitive coverage of lightweight distros, to add to what my friends above have contributed so far.

All being well, and if you wish to continue this discourse, I would first ask what has not been asked, and that includes but is not limited to:

  1. How much RAM does the Dell XPS have?

  2. What are you looking for in a DE (Desktop Environment), including eg a Windows look, a MacOS look, or other?

Cheers

Chris Turner
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Hi Chris Thanks for the response. Electrocreations is a startup business, which provides electronic product design services, as a startup business we use lot of opensource software's based on Linux. I have good passion towards Linux and open-source software. My only intention to join this community is to learn Linux from the community and share my little knowledge on Linux. I have used youtube to share my video because its free.
 

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Hi Chris Thanks for the response. Electrocreations is a startup business, which provides electronic product design services, as a startup business we use lot of opensource software's based on Linux. I have good passion towards Linux and open-source software. My only intention to join this community is to learn Linux from the community and share my little knowledge on Linux. I have used youtube to share my video because its free.
I am goin to try different Interfaces on Lubuntu, I am looking for similar user interface as windows.
 

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Please provide system specs.

Open the terminal Ctrl + Alt + T and copy and paste inxi -Fxz into the terminal press enter and then copy and paste the output to a post.

Output will look like this.
[email protected]:~$ inxi -Fxz
System: Kernel: 5.4.0-59-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: LXQt 0.14.1
Distro: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa)
Machine: Type: Desktop System: HP-Pavilion product: GN556AA-ABA a6200n v: N/A serial: <filter>
Mobo: ECS model: Nettle2 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> BIOS: Phoenix v: 5.12 date: 06/11/2007
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ bits: 64 type: MCP arch: K8 rev.F+ rev: 3
L2 cache: 2048 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 svm bogomips: 11251
Speed: 1000 MHz min/max: 1000/2800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1000 2: 1000
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nouveau v: kernel
bus ID: 02:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1152x720~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: NVA8 v: 3.3 Mesa 20.2.6 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP61 High Definition Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 00:05.0
Device-2: NVIDIA High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus ID: 02:00.1
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-59-generic
Network: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP61 Ethernet vendor: Hewlett-Packard type: network bridge driver: forcedeth
v: kernel port: ec00 bus ID: 00:07.0
IF: enp0s7 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: Local Storage: total: 76.69 GiB used: 16.58 GiB (21.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Hitachi model: HDS721680PLAT80 size: 76.69 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 74.98 GiB used: 16.58 GiB (22.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 47 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info: Processes: 157 Uptime: 2h 14m Memory: 5.81 GiB used: 958.3 MiB (16.1%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5
Compilers: gcc: 9.3.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.17 inxi: 3.0.38

Copy and paste the command into the terminal and press enter and then enter your password to display amount of memory as was asked in (post #9) and then copy and paste the output to a post.

sudo dmidecode -t memory | grep -i size

Output will look like this.
[email protected]:~$ sudo dmidecode -t memory | grep -i size
[sudo] password for nelson:
Maximum Memory Module Size: 4096 MB
Maximum Total Memory Size: 16384 MB
Installed Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Size: 1024 MB
Size: 1024 MB
Size: 2048 MB
Size: 2048 MB
 

dileepchacko

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Please provide system specs.

Open the terminal Ctrl + Alt + T and copy and paste inxi -Fxz into the terminal press enter and then copy and paste the output to a post.

Output will look like this.
[email protected]:~$ inxi -Fxz
System: Kernel: 5.4.0-59-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: LXQt 0.14.1
Distro: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa)
Machine: Type: Desktop System: HP-Pavilion product: GN556AA-ABA a6200n v: N/A serial: <filter>
Mobo: ECS model: Nettle2 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> BIOS: Phoenix v: 5.12 date: 06/11/2007
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ bits: 64 type: MCP arch: K8 rev.F+ rev: 3
L2 cache: 2048 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 svm bogomips: 11251
Speed: 1000 MHz min/max: 1000/2800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1000 2: 1000
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nouveau v: kernel
bus ID: 02:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1152x720~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: NVA8 v: 3.3 Mesa 20.2.6 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP61 High Definition Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 00:05.0
Device-2: NVIDIA High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus ID: 02:00.1
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-59-generic
Network: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP61 Ethernet vendor: Hewlett-Packard type: network bridge driver: forcedeth
v: kernel port: ec00 bus ID: 00:07.0
IF: enp0s7 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: Local Storage: total: 76.69 GiB used: 16.58 GiB (21.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Hitachi model: HDS721680PLAT80 size: 76.69 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 74.98 GiB used: 16.58 GiB (22.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 47 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info: Processes: 157 Uptime: 2h 14m Memory: 5.81 GiB used: 958.3 MiB (16.1%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5
Compilers: gcc: 9.3.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.17 inxi: 3.0.38

Copy and paste the command into the terminal and press enter and then enter your password to display amount of memory as was asked in (post #9) and then copy and paste the output to a post.

sudo dmidecode -t memory | grep -i size

Output will look like this.
[email protected]:~$ sudo dmidecode -t memory | grep -i size
[sudo] password for nelson:
Maximum Memory Module Size: 4096 MB
Maximum Total Memory Size: 16384 MB
Installed Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Size: 1024 MB
Size: 1024 MB
Size: 2048 MB
Size: 2048 MB
This is the old Dell XPS laptop, with i5 2nd generation , 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
 

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This is the old Dell XPS laptop, with i5 2nd generation , 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
So you have Intel HD Graphics 2000 is this correct.

If so you should be able to run most any desktop or most any distro without any problems.
 

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Hi Thanks for the response, I will try xface4, but do you think the performance will be the same as the native GUI of the Lubuntu?
They are just Desktop Environments so it shouldn't make a difference. Last time I used Ubuntu I used the server installation and then from there I installed my Desktop Environment of preference. I never liked all the distributions named after the DE they use, find it easier to install plain Ubuntu and then install the one I want . As for DE that looks the most like Windows they say it's Cinnamon but I disagree with that.
 
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