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Ok so I took apart a old laptop I had with a dead lcd, im hooking it up with a monitor and usb keyboard/mouse, the specs are 1.5ghz celeron cpu 768mb ram and a 80 gb hard drive. What distro of linux would run smooth on this machine and is user friendly for someone new into linux
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Ok so I took apart a old laptop I had with a dead lcd, im hooking it up with a monitor and usb keyboard/mouse, the specs are 1.5ghz celeron cpu 768mb ram and a 80 gb hard drive. What distro of linux would run smooth on this machine and is user friendly for someone new into linux

I have heard Ubuntu is very user friendly, but i have never tried it my self.

http://www.ubuntu.com/
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With that little cpu/ram I would say steer clear of Gnome 3 / KDE desktops. If you choose Ubuntu, go with Xubuntu as it will install the XFCE desktop.
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Most any flavor of linux will run on that, Ubuntu and Mint are the most user friendly, so try one of those.
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I have heard Ubuntu is very user friendly, but i have never tried it my self.
http://www.ubuntu.com/
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Most any flavor of linux will run on that, Ubuntu and Mint are the most user friendly, so try one of those.

**DON'T** install Ubuntu. It's just bloated and would run like rubbish on older hardware. There's plenty of better options available.
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With that little cpu/ram I would say steer clear of Gnome 3 / KDE desktops. If you choose Ubuntu, go with Xubuntu as it will install the XFCE desktop.
Sadly Xubuntu is pretty bloated these days too. However I've heard Lubuntu is a lot better
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**DON'T** install Ubuntu. It's just bloated and would run like rubbish on older hardware. There's plenty of better options available.
Sadly Xubuntu is pretty bloated these days too. However I've heard Lubuntu is a lot better

Lubuntu if you want a fully featured OS or Bodhi Linux if you don't mind a blank slate. Bodhi is designed to run on Pentium IIIs but comes with practically nothing already installed.

Blothi Linux is Bodhisattva with lots of default apps already included, so it might be a nice compromise?

I'm on my phone at the moment so don't have links available, but a quick Google should turn them up.
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I 2nd the vote for linux mint.
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I agree and try Mint first and maybe something like arch if you want to jump in deep.
 
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I love how few people bothered to read the thread (or even the opening post) before commenting rolleyes.gif
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ubuntu is definitely user friendly, but has become really bloated. It runs extremely sluggish on a 2.4 p4 box I installed it on about a month ago, but I didn't have any problem leaving it with the computer illiterate people who own it.

Sub'ing this thread. Hopefully something good comes up. I'm about to bite the bullet and upgrade my server system and botch together something for them (girl's parents) out of the leftovers to avoid spending most of my time at her place fixing their pc. biggrin.gif
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