cluelessguy wrote:Is there any older linux version I could use that would be better? All I need it to do is fricking connect to the internet and download a couple programs haha. Im only looking to linux as it a free alternative to purchasing XP or Win7 (which I highly doubt will work on it anyways) and it is more easily available.
I'll repeat suggestion that you find some older versions of Ubuntu, e.g. 10.10 predates Unity which is quite resource demanding or Mint 11 (built on Ubuntu 10.10) which I like and TEST them on Persistent Live USB. It allows you see what works without commitment to your hard drive.
Doing that, you'll find Firefox will not update and should be uninstalled. Chrome and Chromium are still updating regularly, as is the Opera browser. I use the Synaptic package manager for them.
All are free and fast browsers. Other software is "stuck" at non-updating versions so it's hit and miss what you can install.
About XP, I have it running lickety split on an old 866mhz Dell with 512mb of RAM. The secret is to fresh install from a simple XP only disk and avoid all manufacturer's add ons, then apply some basic "safe" tweaks from Black Viper windows support si
te. My XP installation "idles" at about 200mb of RAM. The nice thing about XP, apart from running software not available on Linux, is that it continues to update the operating system and supports the latest software.
Mint 16 XFCE on Dell laptop, replacing XP, and dual booting W7 and the same Mint on an Acer netbook. Test driving Mint 17 Cinnamon via Persistent Live USB on these plus a W7 Lenovo desktop with peripherals.