What version of LInux Mint/IDE would be best on a Dell Latitude D630?

mkav

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I am fairly new to Linux and want to resurrect old Dell D630 laptop with Linux.

I tried Mint before (I think 17.0) and it was fine but now/soon to be out of support. So what alternatives are there?

Any suggestions much appreciated.
 


Nelson Muntz

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I tried Mint before (I think 17.0) and it was fine but now/soon to be out of support. So what alternatives are there?

Any suggestions much appreciated.
Hello mkav and Welcome to Linux.org.

Linux Mint 17.0 reached EOL 2019 and no longer supported.

Please post system specs.
Processor / graphics adapter / amount of memory.

If Linux Mint worked for you then download and install Linux Mint 20.

Linux Mint 20.



Download Linux Mint 20 and create bootable media and give it a try as a Live version and see what you think and how it works for the computer you will be using it on.


Another good choice.

Linux Lite.




Download Linux Lite and create bootable media and give it a try as a Live version and see what you think and how it works for the computer you will be using it on.
 
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mkav

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thank you. It is 8gb hdd, 4GB ram. I just installed 19.2 Linux Mate. Still playing around with it. Does seem a bit slow. I will check graphics cards.
etc.
 

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thank you. It is 8gb hdd, 4GB ram. I just installed 19.2 Linux Mate. Still playing around with it. Does seem a bit slow. I will check graphics cards.
etc.
Only 8gb hdd.

Hmm there could be a bottleneck in itself.
Linux Mint will use half of that just for the install and updates.
 

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That's a typo, should be 80 GB.

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Tumalo

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MATE or XFCE4 will perform about the same.
mine:
Code:
Machine:
Type: Portable System: Dell product: Latitude D630 v: N/A serial: <superuser/root required>
Mobo: Dell model: N/A serial: <superuser/root required> BIOS: Dell v: A17 date: 01/04/2010
CPU:       Dual Core: Intel Core2 Duo T7500 type: MCP speed: 2381 MHz min/max: 800/2201 MHz
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA G86M [Quadro NVS 135M] driver: nvidia v: 340.108
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa
           resolution: 1440x900~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Quadro NVS 135M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.108
I've owned this machine about 10 yr now. SSD is single most significant improvement to be made on it.
Mint will be slower than I personally like.
If you want suggestions on other distros, I can make them.
Am currently using xubuntu-based distro
Code:
Kernel: 5.4.0-60-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2
I (and others) have noticed, of late, problems with Firefox if I go beyond this kernel.

Welcome, too.
 
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Some lightweight Linux Distro's are Bodhi Linux, Lubuntu, Peppermint, Linux Lite, Puppy Linux and AntiX
 

Lord Boltar

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MATE or XFCE4 will perform about the same.
mine:
Code:
Machine:
Type: Portable System: Dell product: Latitude D630 v: N/A serial: <superuser/root required>
Mobo: Dell model: N/A serial: <superuser/root required> BIOS: Dell v: A17 date: 01/04/2010
CPU:       Dual Core: Intel Core2 Duo T7500 type: MCP speed: 2381 MHz min/max: 800/2201 MHz
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA G86M [Quadro NVS 135M] driver: nvidia v: 340.108
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa
           resolution: 1440x900~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Quadro NVS 135M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.108
I've owned this machine about 10 yr now. SSD is single most significant improvement to be made on it.
Mint will be slower than I personally like.
If you want suggestions on other distros, I can make them.
Am currently using xubuntu-based distro
Code:
Kernel: 5.4.0-60-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2
I (and others) have noticed, of late, problems with Firefox if I go beyond this kernel.

Welcome, too.
Are you running the HWE Kernel? I am running the non-HWE 5.8.0-36 Canonical Kernel and have no problems with Firefox - sometimes those HWE Kernels get a bit glitchy for my liking.
Aspire-E5-575G:~$ inxi -Fx
System:
Host: Aspire-E5-575G Kernel: 5.8.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64
compiler: N/A Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 Distro: Expirion 3.0 LTS
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire E5-575G v: V1.47
serial: <superuser/root required>
Mobo: Acer model: Ironman_SK v: V1.47 serial: <superuser/root required>
UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde v: 1.47 date: 09/06/2018

Expirion is based on Ubuntu like Mint
 

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Code:
Kernel: 5.4.0-60-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 tk: Gtk 3.24.13 wm: xfwm4       |       dm: LightDM Distro: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa)
Doesn't look like it to me.Hadn't heard of it until you mentioned it.
 
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