Linux Mint 18.3 LTS

original article

2017-Nov-27

LTS = Long Term Support - until 2021

summary from: How to choose a Linux distro for your old PC

  1. Mint

    • Cinnamon - most users
    • Mate - more old-fashioned user interface
    • KDE - being eliminated
    • Xfce - older computers - lightweight version that runs smoothly on slower hardware

  2. Elementary OS

    • user-friendly choice
    • recommends at least Core i3
    • donationware

  3. Tails

    • privacy-obsessed - routes all traffic through Tor
    • anonymous and invisible

  4. KXStudio

    • audio-production
    • custom audio apps and utilities
    • access to both Debian and Ubuntu software repositories
    • can still do everything a traditional distrution can

  5. Zorin OS

    • a Windows and Mac lookalike
    • in Windows view - got Start button and Notification area in right lower corner
    • comes with Wine - for installing and running many Windows programs
    • Ubuntu is underneath


or 4 Best Linux Distros for Older Hardware

2017-Oct-6 article

original article

  1. Linux Lite

    • site
    • built on latest Ubuntu LTS release
    • LibreOffice
    • Xfce desktop environment
    • Firefox
    • GIMP
    • min system requirements:
      • 700mhz cpu
      • 512mb RAM
      • VGA screen 1024x768 resolution
      • DVD drive or USB port to install ISO image
      • at least 5gb free disk space

  2. Bodhi Linux

    • site
    • Moksha desktop environment
    • built on latest Ubuntu LTS release
    • limited number of apps included - Midori browser - more can be retreived from their Appcenter
    • min system requirements:
      • 500mhz cpu
      • 256mb RAM
      • 4gb free disk space
    • recommended system requirements:
      • 1.0ghz cpu
      • 512mb RAM
      • 10gb free disk space

  3. Puppy Linux

    • site
    • 3 categories of Puppy Linux
      • official - general purpose
      • for specific needs and appearances (also general purpose)
      • unofficial derivatives - target specific purposes
    • has releases based on Ubuntu and Slackware
    • ISO 224mb
    • has AbiWord, Gnumeric, mtPaint plus other apps
    • can run on:
      • 333mz cpu
      • 256mb RAM

  4. Lubuntu

    • site
    • part of Ubuntu family
    • LXDE desktop
    • has Firefox, AbiWord, Gnumeric, mtPaint plus other apps
    • can work on computers up about 10 years old
    • min system requirements:
      • Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 cpus
      • 512mb RAM for local apps
      • 1gb RAM for online usage: Youtube, Google+, Facebook
    • has Synaptic package manager for installing more apps


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