[ubuntu-za] Old(ish) Laptop

Wayne Abroue plettpc at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 19:24:22 UTC 2016


If you really need your old laptop to rock and roll,,,one word,,"gentoo"

On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 9:00 PM, Jan Greeff <jan at verslank.net> wrote:

> Sounds sensible Bill, keep us posted on the outcome.
>
> On 17/04/2016 20:49, Bill Cairns wrote:
>
> Thanks all. My idea is to use the old computer as a travelling companion -
> that means mostly for email, occasional browsing, storing pictures and a
> bit of word processing. I have used it occasionally in the past to do just
> that using XP. And yes, Firefox can be frustrating with Chrome little
> better. (I have found that running multiple tabs is not a good idea).
> Irfanview and Open Office (I am running an old version) run fine once they
> get started so I don't foresee problems with gThumb or Libre Office. I
> expect Linux to run better (not very much better, but better) than XP. Of
> course there will be fewer frustrations and less bad language without
> Windows.
>
> My present plan is to install a full Unity system and see how it goes. I
> will cut out all the fudge (I have already done that on my main system
> because I really don't need fancy). If the clunker still struggles, I will
> try using Xfce rather than Unity. (This is how I ran for some time before
> Unity the Windows menu in the Window title bar - Gimp just won't work
> without it).  If that is still unsatisfactory I will go to plan C. I am not
> sure what plan C is yet but I will certainly look at Mate and Cinnamon and
> even Lubuntu.
>
> Bill
>
> On 17 April 2016 at 16:55, Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal-pc.org> wrote:
>
>> On 04/17/2016 03:25 AM, Jaco Stroebel wrote:
>>
>>> Good morning Bill, Everyone,
>>>
>>> Something worth keeping in mind with such an old laptop (and certainly
>>> the 2009 HP Compaq that I have) is that the OS might be lightweight, but
>>> the software is not necessarily. I've had trouble with browsers
>>> especially, that just tear through the RAM. So depending on the usecase,
>>> it might turn out somewhat frustrating to use.
>>>
>>
>> This is so true!  I have started looking for a clean browser again
>> because the big ones have gotten so fat that they can bring a new computer
>> to it's knees!  Especially if you leave them running a few days...
>>
>>                         Lee
>>
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