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Hi all,
I have an old Gateway MX6424. It has ATI Radeon 200M gfx, turion x64 1.6GHz cpu, and 1gb ram. I use my sig rig for everything, but every now and then i need to go somewhere witha computer to use word processers and web browsers (eg. camps, or confrences). I want to pu linux on, but i dont know which one will be a) light enough, and b) have a gfx drivers.

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If you're great at following instrucions and filling out the holes via googling, Arch (most of the other distributions as well) can be extremely light if you use a lightweight window manager and not a desktop environment. Otherwise Lubuntu (does that still exist?) and Mint pops to my mind.
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post #3 of 7
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Thanks, I use arch on my desktop, but the old radeon drivers on issue (based on forums and wiki) which is why i was wondering about other distros. The use wont be heavy, but it has no other gfx option, so i need the drivers
     
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post #4 of 7
Was it the proprietary or the open source one?
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ATI
It says that
Quote:
Radeons up to the X1xxx series are fully supported, stable, and full 2D and 3D acceleration are provided.
so I assume it should work fine.
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post #5 of 7
Xubuntu is fairly light. I run it on an older netbook without issue.

-RYknow
post #6 of 7
Mint is my distro of choice, particularly if you're new to Linux.

http://www.linuxmint.com/
post #7 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vigil View Post

Mint is my distro of choice, particularly if you're new to Linux.

http://www.linuxmint.com/
I like mint mate edition becuase it doent need gfx axcel. will it work with a 1.8ghz processor (1 core) and 1gb of ram?
     
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