How old is your computer - the sequel.

Andre Rodovalho andre.rodovalho at
Tue Dec 9 14:33:47 UTC 2014

Not recommended... I recomend you to use two different root partitions, one
to each installation. The full installation is garanteed, you don't want to
get unusual problems with those just introduced users...

You can separate about 12gb for each and create a dualboot. You can use the
very same /home partition, but remember to use different usernames for
those installs, like: unityStudent and cinnStudent... Or maybe student1,

By the way, I have been using Cinnamon Mint for a while. And I found it
better for newcomers than unity, specially for who is used with Windows OS.

2014-12-09 11:57 GMT-02:00 Barry Titterton <titterton.barry at>:

> Hi All,
> Thank you for all of your replies. I am very impressed by all of the
> wonderful veteran machines that are still being used, and I thought that
> I was doing well with a 9 year old machine!
> You may recall from my original post that the question was prompted by a
> conversation at a local (Windows only) computer training course. I, as
> you may expect, talked to the tutor and students about how Linux was
> good on older machines. The tutor then mentioned that they had three old
> laptops that they no longer used, and that I was welcome to try putting
> Linux on them. Two of the computers are old XP machines (Dell Latitude
> D505, Pentium M with 1 Gb RAM) that were donated by the local Teesdale
> council. The CPUs on these are non-pae so I am using Lubuntu with the
> 'forcepae' option on install. I have managed to get one working and am
> going back after New Year to do the second. The third machine is a much
> newer Win 7 Toshiba Satellite Pro (spec unknown), donated by BT, that
> never worked properly and was quickly retired to the store cupboard. I
> am unsure whether to use Mint 17 with cinnamon on this machine, or full
> Ubunutu as Unity may be too much these very inexperienced (and nervous)
> students. I don't want to confuse them by doing too much, too quickly.
> Does anyone know if these desktop environments will work together if
> installed on the same machine as alternatives? I have, in the past,
> tried XFCE and LXDE on the same machine and it did not work well.
> Regards,
> Barry T
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