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Is it worth trying Linux on low end laptop?

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Old Jun 7th 2017, 2:40 pm
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There is no place in this world for a 5400rpm drive.

Well, there is, but its in a dumpster out back of a closed down Radio Shack.
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Old Jul 15th 2017, 2:51 am
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You've made me look forward to the Linux experiment on her current laptop so much, I'm tempted to bring forward her birthday.
I did exactly that. But it didn't go all that well

I tried Linux Lite on my laptop - just booting from the thumbdrive, just so I knew what it looked like.

I put it on an old netbook but the 10" screen is just too small at the best of times, let alone for something so different.

My mother in law's old HP? The other two were easy but this one, I just couldn't do anything to get it booted. I changed the order and saved it but it didn't save it and I couldn't select it to boot either.

I ended up swapping that one with my stepson - so he gained from a better laptop than his.

I added Linux Lite to the one he'd been using and it all worked well enough dual booted but then the W7 had no internet access. No connection listed at all despite connecting through Linux

Some research showed this to be a fairly common problem.

Then W7 actually refused to work. We ended up deleting Linux and re-installing W7.
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Old Jan 16th 2018, 2:48 pm
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Linux rules, Windows drools.
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Old Jan 18th 2018, 4:13 pm
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Very interesting link. Thanks!
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Old Jan 25th 2018, 5:31 pm
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My little Lenovo x200 tablet has a dicky wifi switch, and occasionally cuts out so I'm going to have my friend hard-wire that for me. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get an x201 in a lot of government salvage and spent some time this morning getting it going. Last month I bought 2 used Kingston 120gb ssd's for $90 off kijiji so I installed one of them, and the tablet had 1 stick of 2gb RAM in it, so I added another. The RAM was salvaged parts from the computer store @$12.50/stick so I have less than $60 into it, which is just fine as far as I'm concerned. I downloaded 64 bit Ubuntu, Skype, Adblock+, Synaptic Package Manager and a Youtube Video Download Helper and it works like a damn. Improvements over the x200 are a little touch pad and this one is the deluxe model with a touch screen as well.
A friend is having problems with his laptop, said he needs an OS so I think I might just call him and have him bring it to the club and I can take the disc down there and try to help him, if the system requirements are there. Because I'm new to this it's still fun.

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Old Jan 26th 2018, 9:48 am
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Yes is the answer.
Also consider Xubuntu.
Less resource heavy than full Ubuntu.
Its just Ubuntu with a different desktop environment (user interface)
Then there is Lubuntu which is even lighter
These days its so easy to install the things on dual boot
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Old Jan 28th 2018, 1:37 pm
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These days its so easy to install the things on dual boot
It was quite easy, yes. I have successfully dual booted W7 and W10.

Problems arose when I tried dual booting Windows with Linux.
On a W10 laptop Linux wouldn't boot no matter how the boot settings were set and on a W7 laptop it did boot and worked well aside from having internet connection on Linux but refusing to recognise it on the W7 side. Everything was as it should be once Linux was uninstalled.

This was apparently a common problem when I searched for solutions so not just me finding it not so easy.

Doesn't matter now though, we're all happy with our latest W10 machines.
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