How old is your computer - the sequel.

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Tue Dec 9 16:27:25 UTC 2014

Den 2014-12-09 14:57, Barry Titterton skrev:
> 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

I'm glad to read that you succeeded with the first Dell Latitude :-)

I have good experience with Toshiba laptops and linux. If the hard disk
drive is big enough (and I think it is), you can easily make a
multi-boot system with standard Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, maybe even
Kubuntu side by side with Linux Mint. For testing purposes you can
allocate a common swap partition of 2 GB, and divide the rest of the
drive into similar sized partitions, where you install the Ubuntu
flavour systems.

First play around with it yourself to check that it is good enough for
you to show, then let the other guys try and find what they like.


If there is not space enough for several systems, it is possible to
install the various desktop environments (only) or the whole flavours on
top of each other.

sudo apt-get install lxde  # installs (adds) only the desktop environment

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop  # installs (adds) all of Lubuntu

sudo apt-get install xfce4  #installs (adds) only the desktop environment

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop  # installs (adds) all of Xubuntu

This will make a bloated system, but it works. I have done it and it
works for me, and can be recommended [at least] for testing. You select
the desktop environment at the login screen.

Good luck :-)

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