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Looking for some help on deciding which distro will be best to stick on an old Dell Latitude C640. The laptop will be used by my parents for simply browsing and checking emails. What I'm looking for is a simple interface and one that uses very little resources so that battery life can be extended as much as possible. One proviso of the distro is it has to have support for an old cable&wireless wireless network card that is used on this laptop to connect to the internet. Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 18
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Looking for some help on deciding which distro will be best to stick on an old Dell Latitude C640. The laptop will be used by my parents for simply browsing and checking emails. What I'm looking for is a simple interface and one that uses very little resources so that battery life can be extended as much as possible. One proviso of the distro is it has to have support for an old cable&wireless wireless network card that is used on this laptop to connect to the internet. Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated.
Arch Linux. Install Openbox + PCManFM + Tint2 + Cairo Dock. Should take around 60-70mb RAM idle.
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post #3 of 18
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Thanks I'll give that a go in a virtual machine.
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by __Pat__ View Post
Arch Linux. Install Openbox + PCManFM + Tint2 + Cairo Dock. Should take around 60-70mb RAM idle.
As much as that sounds great for an enthusiast, I don't think his parents would be able to handle Arch Linux.

I recommend a different, easier distro. Xubuntu is one of the easiest distributions to get the hang of, and it's footprint is pretty low. It is really easy to set up, and only requires a little bit of congfiguration before it's ready for use (installing flash, gstreamer + plugins, wireless drivers). And, it is all done with prebuilt utilities in the system.

Arch linux would require hours of configuration to get working acceptably. I don't think that would work for you.
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post #5 of 18
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I must admit after looking a bit deeper at what Pat suggested it does seem an awful lot of hardwork and research to just set up a simple laptop for browisng and email. I will instead give Xubuntu a try first as that sounds alot less work for me and alot easier for them, thankyou.
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by fashric View Post
I must admit after looking a bit deeper at what Pat suggested it does seem an awful lot of hardwork and research to just set up a simple laptop for browisng and email. I will instead give Xubuntu a try first as that sounds alot less work for me and alot easier for them, thankyou.
Once it's set up it's quite easy to use; as long as it's for browsing and checking emails.

But if you've never used Arch before it might be a bit too much trouble setting it up and just use it for browsing.

I'm going to suggest Midori as a feather weight browser. It's almost a Firefox clone, but uber fast.
Edited by __Pat__ - 7/23/11 at 12:36pm
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post #7 of 18
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Ye I'm a bit clueless when it comes to using Linux, Ive played around with Ubuntu before but thats about it, I really should have made that clear. Thanks for the suggestions Pat, its very much appreciated.
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post #8 of 18
OP: If you have problems with Xubuntu in anyway (such as it not recognizing the networking cards) you should give Fedora LXDE a try. But I'm surprised that they recommended Xubuntu instead of Lubuntu. LXDE is lighter on resources than XFCE.
     
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post #9 of 18
Jolicloud.

Ubuntu backend, and touted as giving new life to 10 year old computers. Should be perfect.
    
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Go with Puppy.
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