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Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

Post by rayemyalishanda »

Hello everyone,

I have a mini dell 10v and i have tried many versions of Linux mint but i don't know which is the best one ?

Could you give me some advices ?

Thank you

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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

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One of these...? https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-Ne ... um=twitter
Processor: 1.63 GHz Intel Atom
RAM: 1 GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 160 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor: GMA: Intel: Graphics Media Accelerator 500

Note the Amazon photograph shows Windows XP ... that's about right ... Cinnamon will just sulk, KDE will be slow, Mate or XFCE will work okay most of the time.
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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

Post by gold_finger »

I'll second what Mute Ant just said -- go with either Xfce or Mate versions of Mint. I've installed Xfce to a couple of very similar machines and it works well. Another (possibly better) choice for that system would be AntiX which I have installed as a dual boot with Mint Xfce on a Dell Latitude 2120, (similar to your Mini, but with 2GB RAM). I primarily use AntiX on that machine because it's less resource intensive, therefore runs quicker.
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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

Post by sarge816 »

Funny you posted this question, as I just spent the last week trying out both Mint 18.1 Xfce and Lubuntu 17 on a donated mini 10v. First thing I did was order a new battery, a 2GB memory upgrade and 16GB SSD.
2GB Memory: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026SD96G
SSD: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WQZCOBU

Upgrade tuturial that helped tons (you will HATE Dell after you have to crack this thing open):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tNtkGzqn3k

Also, this netbook uses the old Broadcom 4312, which is not installed "out of the box." I had to do some research to get it installed and I finally hooked it up to my router via ethernet and followed this tutorial, which works perfectly to get wifi going:
https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/796

I tried both the above listed distros on the standard machine (your specs, 1GB & 160GB HD) and they both were really, really slow. This was mainly due to the very slow 5400rpm SATA HD. I will say there was a very noticeable performance increase using Lubuntu vs Mint Xfce, even after I followed the resource freeing tips here:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... -mint-xfce

With the upgrades I made, the machine is usable. It boots much faster, opens the browser (Midori) quickly and surfs the internet in a satisfactory manner. That said, there is really nothing about this machine that could be considered "speedy." The old atom cpu in this thing is very weak and just doesn't do very well, even upgraded. The mini 10v with only 1GB RAM and the slow original HD is not a good solution for even basic tasks anymore, including web browsing on modern browsers. As mentioned above, I finally settled on Midori browser, which is faster and much lighter but not as full featured. I still use Firefox on occasion but even with the upgrades it is not an acceptable experience IMO. If you decide NOT to upgrade anything, I'd definitely go with Lubuntu or an even lighter distro, as even Xfce is a little heavy for these old netbooks, especially with only 1GB RAM.

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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

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+1 for Mate or XFCE
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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

Post by ckl036 »

I just got my Inspiron Mini 10 installed with Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon (dual boot on a ext4 partition), it was hanging during boot up some stage after "Reached target Sound Card", it may be the similar issue as reported here for another Linux distro. Anyway, I manage to boot it with the "upstart" option, it is working OK. Planning to upgrade to 18.2 later. Have not tried with other options yet.

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Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

Post by riquez »

Lubuntu runs well. Everything works. I think it's the best bet for a happy life with this machine.

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