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which Linux to put on XP laptop

I don't know much about Linux. I'm wondering what would be the ideal option for an an old XP laptop?

Re: which Linux to put on XP laptop

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Depending on the hard drive, I'd either go with Bodhi, Linux mate or puppy.
If the hard drive is trashed, aka not working, puppy is great on older machines.
If the drive is a sata drive, and can be replaced, then you'd want to lean more towards linux mate, if your hardware can handle it's heavier weight requirements. IDE drives are hard to find, especially new and honestly, buying a IDE to sata converter for a laptop is not a great option, because of the limited space. I have used an IDE to Compact Flash adapter in the past, with decent results.

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Re: which Linux to put on XP laptop

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Best distro for all around general computing for beginners I think is Ubuntu Mate. Its fairly light weight too. I suggest using XanMod kernel to squeeze out extra performance and optimization You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

MATE is essentially heavily improved and optimized Gnome2.

If Mate DE is still too heavy....We can go even lighter...

Next on the lighter side I would try You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login which is using LXDE - Also install XanMod on this

LXDE (abbreviation for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is a free desktop environment with comparatively low resource requirements. This makes it especially suitable for use on older or resource-constrained personal computers such as netbooks or system on a chip computers.

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if you still aren't happy with their performance we'll go even lighter for DE = Desktop Environment
And we'll base it on a much lighter Linux code base, Arch...Peppermint and Ubuntu Mate were based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian.

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