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I just got a Inspiron B120 with a Celeron 1.3Ghz and 512mb of ram (upgrading to 2gb) for free and I was wondering what lightweight linux OS can I run on it. I have XP on it and it runs fine but it is slow in some places. I'm hoping that linux will let me pull more performance out of this laptop.

Also do I need to find special drivers for things like the audio and video?
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Pretty much any Linux distro will give you better performance. If you have never used Linux before, I would recommend sticking to the "user friendly" versions like Ubuntu and Mint.

Ubuntu and Mint are both fairly straight forward to use, run light, and can do almost everything Windows can do.

You will need drivers, but most of the time Ubuntu and Mint will work "out of the box" and will update your drivers for you.
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I recommend Bodhi Linux..it runs fast on my crap netbook..and is pretty simple.
    
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I say give PCLinuxOS a shot. Several different DE's you can try and most all the drivers are pre-installed.
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I'll look into that thanks.

Any other suggestions?
I am really thinking about using Ubuntu because I am so used to it but i don't know how to install proper graphics and audio drivers
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I say give PCLinuxOS a shot. Several different DE's you can try and most all the drivers are pre-installed.

Far as I know, PCLinuxOS is for x86 only. I may be wrong, though. Just to lazy to look it up. lol
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I'll look into that thanks.
Any other suggestions?
I am really thinking about using Ubuntu because I am so used to it but i don't know how to install proper graphics and audio drivers

The new Ubuntu usually finds and installs anything it doesn't already offer in the updates.
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your laptop is plenty powerful for a basic linux distro

try lubuntu for a basic and easy to use distro

else

crunchbang is great for someone who's got some experience with linux
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he doesn't need 64 bit, he is only running 2 gigs ram.

I don't care either way I'm just pointing this out.
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your laptop is plenty powerful for a basic linux distro
try lubuntu for a basic and easy to use distro
else
crunchbang is great for someone who's got some experience with linux

This looks good biggrin.gif Downloading the ISO now. Thank you very much!

I'm going to dual boot this with XP
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