I have a semi old laptop. It has a AMD Sempron 2800+ processor that runs at 1600 megahertz, or 1.6 gigahertz and it has 512 MB of ram. For VGA it has a ATI Radeon Xpress 200M. I want to make it a linux laptop. How would it handle the latest release of GNOME and Compiz-Fusion with all the cool plug in effects?
I don't have personal experience, but my suspicion is it should be okay. But whatever you install, I think you'd benefit from more ram. There are deals to be had now, new and used, even for the older DDR. And I think all of the distros will let you turn off the Compiz-Fusion. Since you're likely sharing ram for video, you could try it and re-enable after increasing ram.
Man, I don't know what to do....It would cost $200.00 to upgrade my laptop with a new battery, ram, wifi card, and ac cord. Or nice gateway that i want goes for $800.00. Do you think I should buy a new laptop or fix up my old one? So far, I will be using my laptop for mainly fancy cool Linux apps and web surfing.