Change is good but changing everything isn't always great. Same is true for aging computers and their operating systems. Support is sometimes lost too quickly with a 6 month core release cycle. Graphics & Audio cards and chipsets get dropped along with other miscellaneous functions with programs or drivers that just go missing. We all like having updated software we certainly don't like down time or loss of features and capabilities.
I believe most aging hardware just needs the right system on it, and lets face it, it helps keep a couple bucks in your pocket if you can squeeze a few more years out of your current system; without sacrificing, performance, capability, usability and of course aesthetics.
- Added Repositories
- Added and Updated Programs
- Modern Theme and Aesthetics
Best distro for very old hardware ;) Runing very smoothly on 256MB is a miracle :)
I have tried a suite of distros intended for lower power / older computers. I used to use lubuntu, where possible, due to the support and upkeep, but ive since decided that this is actually a bit better. This distro is very speedy, even on old hardware; even on old, already bad hardware like 2006 era celeron m laptops. It looks great though, they dont sacrifice usability for speed and to top it off it comes with a huge pile of useful programs preinstalled - I really think that if you're looking for a good distro for something old / weak this should be your first choice, though i daresay this would be good as a general purpose distro as well. If you cant get this to run on your old computer, then puppy linux is the next choice; its even more lightweight while retaining lots of useful stuff. But, if you can make this work id definitely recommend it first.
Runs great on a 2.8Gz P4 with 2GB ram. It has breathed new life into this 2006 build.
I tried on my eMachine 355-M571G251lkk (double core CPU) with 1 G RAM, compared with Mint15 it was slightly faster but as soon as I opened more than one program, it showed obvious memory leak - the mouse cursor frozen or the drop-down menu clicked refused to show menu items apart from a grey box. Basically it is unusable so to speak. During installation, when the installation almost finished, the application frozen at 'copying installation logs'. I forced it to switch off. Is this the reason? I previously used Lubuntu without this problem. Later on I changed to Mint due to though Lubuntu a bit faster, it is apt to annoying problem like missing menu bar while Mint is more reliable and also fast enough.
I am very impressed with the work and effort put into this distro. I wish there was a CD version alongside the DVD version because the laptops/PCs I want to use it on are quite old and lack DVD drives but are still good for browsing the web. (They will not boot on USB and even booting with a CD using PloP boot manager directing the remainder of the boot to a USB drive, has issues).