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Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by wilson1973, Feb 16, 2012.

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  1. wilson1973

    wilson1973 Thread Starter

    Jun 5, 2009
    Hi guys I live in the Uk I have a fairly old pc which I run Xp on, I would like another operating system on my pc so I can dual boot,the reason being I want a Linux based OS as I hear they are fairly safe in terms of virus and this OS would be used by my young son for playing on line games and watching clips on Youtube,I like to feel confident that when he has his own OS to use he's not fowling up my side of the pc.
    We previously had Ubuntu 10.10 but it got wiped of ages ago when my pc went down,he seemed quite happy with it,I just thought I would ask is there anything else out there that would be quite good and be able to work on my pc which isn't that powerful or is Ubuntu still good for the simple things that he wants to do.My pc stats are below
    The OS needs to be a free of charge

    AMD Sempron 2600 +
    1.83 ghz
    512 Mb of ram
  2. arochester


    Jan 17, 2007
    1) I have a similar computer. I maxed out the RAM to (I think) 3 Gb. If you can economically do that it might help.

    2) I would stay away from Gnome and use Xfce instead. If you were happy with Ubuntu go for Xubuntu. Xfce distros are listed here: http://xfce.org/download/distros
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
    You could stick with Ubuntu 10.10 since that worked for you. You may like (or not) the latest 11.10; the new GUI doesn't play nice with my seven year old laptop, so I am still using 10.10 and thinking of trying Linux Mint.

    If you weren't satisfied with the performance of 10.10 then by all means try arochester's suggestions. Lubuntu is another lighter weight Ubuntu.
  4. InterKnight


    Oct 18, 2004
    Yet another lightweight distro based on Ubuntu is wattOS.

    I actually read about wattOS today in an artcile which was part of a Linux Journal e-mail newsletter which I receive on a weekly basis. I am actually downloading the ISO to test it out in a virtual machine right now.

    Since it is Ubuntu based, you should have access to all of the packages in the Ubuntu repositories.

    It seems like your system would be perfect for this operating system.

    Take care, and best wishes.
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