Which version of Linux Mint to install?

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Which version of Linux Mint to install?

Post by ndelasoul » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:40 am

I have a Hewlett-Packard Laptop. I think it's from 2011-2012.
i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz
2.00 GB RAM
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
70GB HHD
Also has a DVD RW Drive

Does it matter which version of Linux Mint I install? Would the latest version run smoothly? Thank you.

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Re: Which version of Linux Mint to install?

Post by gm10 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:46 am

Latest version is fine, any of them will do. You can test the editions before installing them, just boot the installation medium and it'll give you a fully functional but non-persistent live environment of the operating system. Cinnamon is the heaviest on system resources, Xfce the lightest. Since your RAM is rather limited keep that in mind.
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Re: Which version of Linux Mint to install?

Post by Spearmint2 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:37 am

I have two 2009-2011 era, and I use MATE on them. I'd use MATE or XFCE on those, since only 2GB of RAM. I have 4GB in each computer. The advantage of MATE is it's closer to Cinnamon in similar processes when needing help, and XFCE has some dissimilar programs, which may result in fewer users able to give help for that desktop. I could be wrong on help available though.
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Re: Which version of Linux Mint to install?

Post by Pjotr » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:04 am

Spearmint2 wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:37 am
I'd use MATE or XFCE on it, since only 2GB of RAM.
Agree with that. In fact: I advise to plug in an extra strip of RAM, regardless what Mint edition you select. It's the poor man's upgrade: most bang for the buck. :mrgreen:
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