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Old core 2 duo hp laptop with vista on it. Running super slow and grandparents tired of it. Thinking of mint 13 lts. Can't do if not reliable though as they travel in motorhome all the time and I can't just drive over to "support" it. Neither of them is computer oriented either so walking through a problem over phone is out as well. Is mint stable enough that I can install and send them on their way with it? They only do email, light internet browsing and they love spider solitaire. Read msoffice docs and such as well but libre can do that. Just worried about the stability as they only come near me twice a year for a month at a time.

Basically worried about one of the issues I saw on the forums. Power on and went to command line instead of going into the DE. They will flip if it goes directly to CLI

*EDIT* I did suggest a new laptop but they are of the mindset "It works so why replace it". They just tired of the software.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 9/17/13 at 6:01pm
 
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Old core 2 duo hp laptop with vista on it. Running super slow and grandparents tired of it. Thinking of mint 13 lts. Can't do if not reliable though as they travel in motorhome all the time and I can't just drive over to "support" it. Neither of them is computer oriented either so walking through a problem over phone is out as well. Is mint stable enough that I can install and send them on their way with it? They only do email, light internet browsing and they love spider solitaire. Read msoffice docs and such as well but libre can do that. Just worried about the stability as they only come near me twice a year for a month at a time.

Basically worried about one of the issues I saw on the forums. Power on and went to command line instead of going into the DE. They will flip if it goes directly to CLI

*EDIT* I did suggest a new laptop but they are of the mindset "It works so why replace it". They just tired of the software.

I'd suggest something like Ubuntu or put XP on it. What are the specs on it?
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core 2 duo 2.1ghz, 3gb ram, not sure of hdd, whatever intel graphics are on that chip i'm guessing. the label said something 4500 for the graphics i didnt get a good look at it. 6 years old a general idea on hardware. it was bought at walmart i believe so nothing top shelf.

i was leaning towards mint with mate to keep the "start button" that they are used to. not a fan of ubuntu and i don't think they will pick up on the dock to easily.
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I'd recommend Windows XP in this situation, because if anything goes wrong they'd be without their computer until you can fix it, which might be a month or two at least.

Windows XP doesn't need much to run and is fairly user friendly too for older folks I think.

Anything is an upgrade from Vista. Machines tend to run super slow with Vista, I'll bet even W7 will run better on that machine than Vista.
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can you even get xp anymore? got rid of my xp stuff years and years ago. that + eol, i don't want to stick something on there that won't be supported much longer.
 
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Every distro will have it's bugs, as every OS does. What I can tell you though is that while it COULD happen, it's no more likely to happen then Ubuntu or Windows, or whatever freaking out.

and Mint should work fine in those specs
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Mint Mate is really user friendly and stable so X2.

I'm running an older laptop then the one above with Opensuse 12.2 KDE so you should have no problems with Mint
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They will be flying to pennsylvania for 2 weeks thursday morning early am so I will get the computer tomorrow night and I will have 2 weeks to sort out any issues. Thanks for replies. Going with Mint LTS Maya.
 
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My father in law (63) has been running ubuntu since 2010 on a laptop of toughly the same spec. He's had one problem where he deleted his DE I don't know how he did it but hey. He sells my daughters stuff on ebay, put music on his phone, edits his pictures in essence everything that most folks do.

I'd be leary about running XP in 2013 especially on a computer made after XP was not being used by OEM's
 
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If you give them a version a linux make sure they know how to view available wifi networks and connect to a wifi network. That's still the biggest thing for me for linux desktops: getting wifi to work correctly/consistently with WPA2. (When I installed Mint/XFCE I used "other drivers" to download/install the broadcom drivers for wifi. If I hadn't known to look there I never would have guessed that in a million years.)

I also had to a add a GUI for creating a new user logon separately. Which seemed odd to me. Just my two cents rolleyes.gif
 
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