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    I am very uneducated as to Linux.

    I have an older (2005) HP laptop that has maxed out at 2GB of RAM. It originally came with XP, and that won't do any more, of course. I would like to try out Linux on it for routine stuff, primarily web surfing.

    I am partial to the Chrome browser, for what it is worth.

    What flavor of Linux would you suggest?

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    Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically newcomers to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular desktop Linux operating system in the world.

    (I carry it on a little USB flash drive on my keychain).
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    I vote for Linux Mint. Very similar to XP (at least interface-wise).
    Last edited by Huge; April 20th, 2014 at 10:59 PM.
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    Yep, Linux Mint 13 xfce is excellent for low powered machines and Mint Mate is also nice. I also carry Slax and Kali (BackTrack). There are hundreds of distros available. And experimenting with all the different flavors is a kick.
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    My old laptop is certainly underpowered.

    Let me try them.

    Thanks.

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    Damn Small Linux will Run on a 486DX with 16MB of RAM, and run completely in 128MB of RAM.

    SliTaz, Loram flavor can boot with only 16 MB and a little swap memory.

    TinyCore is an example of what can be done with a 12MB FLTK/FLWM desktop.

    BasicLinux, DOS version 386 w/3MB RAM, Floppy version 386 w/12MB RAM.

    Wikipedia: Lightweight Linux distributions
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    The old machine runs an AMD Turion chip at 1.6 GHz, together with 2 Gb of DDR RAM. Not great, but not bad. The old HP business machines last a long time, at least in my experience. They become obsolete technologically long before they give out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpywareDr View Post
    Damn Small Linux will Run on a 486DX with 16MB of RAM, and run completely in 128MB of RAM.

    SliTaz, Loram flavor can boot with only 16 MB and a little swap memory.

    TinyCore is an example of what can be done with a 12MB FLTK/FLWM desktop.

    BasicLinux, DOS version 386 w/3MB RAM, Floppy version 386 w/12MB RAM.

    Wikipedia: Lightweight Linux distributions
    +1. One/All of these should work fine on your laptop.
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    http://distrowatch.com

    Your one stop shop for Linux distros!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huge View Post
    http://distrowatch.com

    Your one stop shop for Linux distros!
    +1
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    Currently testing out Linux Lite 32-bit for someone with an old XP system AMD Athlon II x4 640 w/ 3GB memory.
    Last edited by Shinma; April 22nd, 2014 at 05:31 PM. Reason: 32-bit
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Guess I had better get to trying them out...

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    The ever popular utilities for making bootable usb flash drives,

    or

    You can go all out and jam several distros into one flash drive using Easy2Boot
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Argh!! So many choices...

    So much to do, and so little time (kudos to Jack Nicholson).

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    Better get cracking!
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