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Question about hardware requirements

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I been doing research on different Linux and decided to give Linux mint a try but im unsure if my old desktop would be able to run it and which version to choose from. I know there's Cinnamon which is gnome 3 and MATE which is gnome 2 but im not sure which would be best for my old computer. I was thinking cinnamon but I wasn't sure how well that would run on my computer and also I've heard about some issues with cinnamon.

My old computer's specs:
Windows XP Home Edition SP3 ( might just put Linux over top windows instead of duel boot)
Intel Celeron D 2.8 GHz
512 MB Ram
40 GB Hard Drive
128 MB Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900

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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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Either MATE or XFCE. Definitely not Cinnamon or KDE.
There are some tweaks and changes in software you might want to perform after the install too, to make the most of your old hardware.
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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Gamerear15,

I would be surprised if either cinnamon or mate would run in 512 MB of ram . If they did, they would be very sluggish.

You might want to try a distro geared toward older hardware like this [url]http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=wattos[/url]

The background is ugly, but it can be changed. Or this one [url]http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=peppermint[/url]

Good luck :wink:
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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Just a XFCE distro to add to what WharfRat said.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=lite

Unofficial Mint

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=122592
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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rokytnji wrote: Unofficial Mint

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=122592
IIRC, the unofficial LMDE XFCE has since become SolydX: http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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I am running Mint with XFCE now and with just Firefox and System Monitor running my system is using 365MB of ram so it would work on your hardware, expect things to be kinda slow.
Looking at a distro built for older hardware might be the best way to go. I would recommend using the XFCE desktop because it is very light and fast and also massively customizable. It is a lightweight without a lot of eye candy but very feature full.
i7 3770, 12GB of ram, 256GB SSD, 64GB SSD, 750GB HDD, 1TB HDD, Cinnamon.

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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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passerby wrote:
rokytnji wrote: Unofficial Mint

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=122592
IIRC, the unofficial LMDE XFCE has since become SolydX: http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/

Yes. My Bad. SolydX will be the one to download, not SolydK (which is a KDE
version).
Looking at a distro built for older hardware might be the best way to go.
Yeah, a Window Manager type of Distro but for a new user. I guess a Window manager
distro may be intimidating to use. But I'll throw this out there as I run this on anything
with 512MB of ram.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/antix-linux/
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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I am running LM15C32 on a laptop with these specs and it runs just fine. It isn's "fast" but not sluggish either - definitely acceptable. I ran inxi with Firefox open to this page.

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reorx@lm15c32 ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: lm15c32 Kernel: 3.8.0-19-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 15 Olivia
Machine:   System: Dell product: Vostro 1015
           Mobo: Dell model: 0TFXK9 Bios: Dell version: A06 date: 11/26/2010
CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron CPU 925 (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) clocked at 1200.00 MHz 
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.13.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1366x768@60.1hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.1.7
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.8.0-19-generic
Network:   Card-1: Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath9k 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: cc:af:78:5b:35:05
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169 
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 14:fe:b5:b0:6a:20
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (2.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST9250315AS size: 250.1GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 9.1G used: 4.0G (47%) fs: ext4 ID: /boot size: 1.9G used: 46M (3%) fs: ext4 
           ID: /home size: 217G used: 1.5G (1%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.10GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.5C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 162 Uptime: 2 min Memory: 258.3/967.7MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4 
reorx@lm15c32 ~ $ 
Additional thoughts:
1) I would recommend upgrading your RAM to at least 1 GB
2) You probably won't be able to run full screen HD video - YouTube is taxing on my CPU. Full screen video brings my CPU utilization to 100% rather quickly.
3) Your HD size is too small to store anything of any significance - including software - you might want to upgrade it.
4) As a casual use machine - it'll work pretty well if you don't want to do a lot of movie watching...

Enjoy the Mint! :mrgreen:
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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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Ya Im not really using it for anything but experimenting and getting a feel for Linux slowly since all I ever used was windows. Eventually though I want to get into the more skillful stuff but got to start somewhere.

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Re: Question about hardware requirements

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Gamerear15 wrote:Ya Im not really using it for anything but experimenting and getting a feel for Linux slowly since all I ever used was windows. Eventually though I want to get into the more skillful stuff but got to start somewhere.
Then dive in and try different distros, after all, they are all free!
i7 3770, 12GB of ram, 256GB SSD, 64GB SSD, 750GB HDD, 1TB HDD, Cinnamon.

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