Sunday, March 02, 2014

StartUbuntu - HOWTO Choose a system based on your hardware?


Well, Hello March :)
We're 36 days away ... tick-tack ... tick-tack ... Microsoft Windows XP will be dead!

To put that correctly in a more technical sentence, Microsoft Windows XP will very soon (after 36 days) reaches its End Of Life (EOL) and will no longer be supported.

What does this mean?
The answer is right here from Microsoft.

StartUbuntu  would like to make your life easier. So, here is a very quick and easy guide that should help you to choose the right system for your machine 'according to your hardware'.

As everyone may know, StartUbuntu as for now, promotes only for Ubuntu and its official variants.

"Oh really? so when StartUbuntu will possibly promote for other systems? I'm not a fan of Ubuntu?"

Basically, StartUbuntu did not yet reached to this phase. That is why, it is too early and above all, giving a newcomer to Linux so many options is the worst advice in Computers History.

So where is that guide?
It is right here ;)

Technical Note:
Unlike Microsoft Windows, Linux is very well-known of its capability to run on old machines with very limited resources (CPU, RAM and HDD). That said, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME can indeed be installed and work on a machine with only 1GB RAM. However, 'the performance' of your system will definitely not be as same as running Xubuntu and/or Lubuntu :) so, to play it safe, I have decided to put Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME under '2GB RAM and more' for the 'best performance' ;)

Links please?

Where are the other options?
If you're Chinese then: Ubuntu Kylin

If you're a student, then: Edubuntu

If you're interested about Multimedia, then: Ubuntu Studio

And, finally: Mythbuntu

Full List is here.

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  1. I am exactly in the 'XP is dead - what now' position. I have always fought shy of Linux because of all the geek speak and learning curve. I tried downloading a boot CD of UBUNTU 12.04.04 (32 bit) and the first thing I encountered was a failure to do anything because of missing 'pae' (yest, I have a Pentium M circa 2004). I read the forums and it said I should have no problem with 12.04 so where to go from here? What image should I download? (I only want a browser, email and word processor).

    If this is going to be a replacement for Win XP then the Pentium M processors are going to be a prime target area - it should be easier than this.

    1. Maybe you should give a LXLE a go. It is based on Ubuntu /Lubuntu and will work with non-pae processors. It uses the the super fast LXDE desktop interface. I would point you towards Peppermint OS because that is what I use. Peppermint OS Three was the last non-pae version and it is at the end of Peppermint OS Four. LXLE is similar. Good luck.

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