[sf-lug] Linux install on Older Laptop (Ubuntu??)

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Thu Sep 27 14:04:10 PDT 2007

Thanks guys for the reply and suggestions. I think i will go with Xunbuntu. Should be a fun weekend project. 


Rick: you are right that us novice users love all the bells whistles and eye candy. I currently have 4GB of Ram in my machine and it still lags a little when I have Beryl running with all the effects.  




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-----Original Message-----
From:Kristian Erik Hermansen kristian.hermansen at gmail.com 
To: "Blake Haggerty" ;
Cc: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
Sent: Sep 27, 2007 01:34:12 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] Linux install on Older Laptop (Ubuntu??)

Hi Blake,

On 27 Sep 2007 16:19:09 -0400, Blake Haggerty <Blake.Haggerty at sapphire.com> wrote: 

This weekend I am going to be installing Linux on a Co-workers laptop. It took me awhile but eventually he is ready to switch and he's actually rather excited about it. His laptop is a Pentium 3 455Mhz and it has 340mb of RAM. I am curious as to suggestions on what distro to set him up with. I am leaning toward Ubuntu because of the ease of use and how it is very good with detecting new hardware and having it work easily. I dont feel like spending all weekend pulling my hair out trying to get it to recognize the wireless card. 

Wifi is well supported in most any new distro, including *ubuntu via NetworkManager and ndiswrapper is necessary...

Now I think that maybe his machine isn't fast enough for Ubuntu??  So I was considering XUbuntu, Has anyone had experience with this?? 

I used to run XFCE, and it was great.  I just happen to prefer Gnome now... 

His needs are rather simple: Surf the internet, Listen to MP3's/manage his IPOD, Download MP3s (Bittornado, Amule) and some word processing.  I'd like it to be rather fast for him too. 

Internet -> Firefox
MP3's -> Banshee (and tons of other tools)
iPod -> Gtkpod (audio/video) or Banshee (only audio)
download? -> Azureus
Word Processing -> OpenOffice Writer 

What are people experiences with XFCE as a desktop is it missing a ton of features?  Is it stable? Is it easy to use??

Any issues with IPOD management?? 

Love XFCE ... and highly recommend it.  Yes.  Yes.  No :-)
Kristian Erik Hermansen 
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