What Ubuntu is best for Lenovo Laptop?

Colin Law clanlaw at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 20:58:36 UTC 2014

On 24 April 2014 18:42, GaryTaig <taig at melbpc.org.au> wrote:
> We have a Lenovo Thinkpad that runs WinXP and I want to load the most
> suitable version of Ubuntu.  Not necessarily the latest.
> ThinkPad R500
> Core 2 Duo P8400
> 2.26 GHz
> 2048MB RAM
> BIOS V207 (Feb 2009)
> Is there a Ubuntu that's likely to load and run without mishap?
> I'm not keen on the latest; 14.04 sounds nice but there is no time for
> experimenting, or trying to discover why a broken installation isn't
> working.

You might find there are graphics problems with old hardware using
Unity.  In your situation I would try running 14.04 off the live image
and see if it works ok (it will be slow of course running off the
image so you must allow for that).  If the graphics does not work then
using 12.04 is an option, but that will have a limited life, so I
would suggest Lubuntu 14.04, or Xubuntu 14.04.  You can try them from
the live images but it is not difficult to install a basic system so
in any case you can install one and try it, then try another and see
which you like best before committing yourself to a full setup.


> It will be used on the Internet, has WiFi and Bluetooth etc. and can boot
> from a CD.  Has plenty of USB slots but appears NOT to be able to boot
> directly from USB... only from a USB diskette.
> Is Ubuntu the most suitable?  I've been running it on a desktop machine for
> several years, I think the first version was about 7 or 8, currently 10.04
> LTS.
> What is Kubuntu?  Have seen it mentioned but never gave it more than a
> passing glance; always snowed under.
> Is there a Ubuntu specifically for Laptops?  Perhaps one needs to cast the
> mind in a wider arc?
> Any help, leads, pointers greatly appreciated.
> GaryT
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