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
Mint, LXLE and others does not work on old Thinkpads. Mine is a Thinkpad R50. Tried them "all". "Xubuntu 12.04 is the last of the family shipping with a non-PAE kernel. True, you can hack your way around, but from the official stand point, the vendor does not intend to support ancient processors beyond 2017." (ww.dedoimedo.com/computers/reviving-ten-year-old-laptop-linux.html) Most older distros are removed from downloads, no Xubuntu 12.04 anymore, also no torrent. Anyhow I succeded finding an Ubuntu 8.10 and it WORKS! Took hours to get there, upgrades are now pending.
I used to use Lubuntu on older hardware, then I discovered LXLE! Wow what a nice, complete and well integrated distro. I love it! I added a few tweaks and now my old (circa 2006) laptop runs as new. Thanks LXLE.
I love this distro. LXLE has been one of the classiest distros around for some time. Easy to use, light on resources, and beautiful. I have a monster of a self-built custom computer, and don't need a "lightweight" program of any kind, but I keep coming back to LXLE for my Linux based systems, because it's done right.
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.