OS recommendation

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  1. friedchicken
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    friedchicken GBAtemp Regular

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    I got an old laptop running P4 and 384rams.
    I use it for school so all i need is web browser, pdf reader/editor, firewall & antivirus, and ms word.
    Im currently no xp sp2 but am willing to try whatever that can speed up boot time with minimal background program running.

    I havnt tried Ubantu, Gentoo or other linux based OSes. I wonder if install those, would they still work with ms office and would it decrease my overall lag.

    I would no go back to win95/98(the horror) and even win2000. I also hate mac os (used them at school, not very fond of it)

    I guess what im saying is, is it worthwhile to migrate to linux based os.
     
  2. Hitto

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    Ubuntu is fine for old laptops. You'll have to use OpenOffice, but it opens and saves MS office files without a problem. You won't need an antivirus, firewall probably not but linux has tons of security apps (firestarter comes to mind), there are a bunch of free PDF readers, and web browser : firefox, the best imho.
     
  3. Fatal

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    Try Ubuntu. The install cd is also a live cd, so you can try it out before you actually format.
     
  4. Sinkhead

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    Fedora is good too, but I would say Ubuntu for beginners.

    - Sam
     
  5. xalphax

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    ubuntu for beginners

    (slackware for advanced users, LFS for pros ;-) )
     
  6. Azimuth

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    xubuntu for ur system(low ram usage)

    arch for the more seasoned
     
  7. Hitto

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    Guys, don't take this the wrong way, and I don't know how old most of you are, but please stop it with the "for beginners" crap. It's not a competition about "who is the best at using a computer", it's about achieving worthwhile shit while using a fucking TOOL.

    There's a reason Ubuntu is popular right now, it's because there is not ONE TIME when you need to fiddle with goddamn CLI crap. I know exceptions exist for some hardware, but it's not like you're compiling it from scratch. If I wanted to fuck around with an obscure user interface and call myself elite, I could always dig my old Oric.

    PS : If you were born after the aforementioned machine... Don't even bother replying. You have this chance to use an OS and software that "just work", don't snob it. I am totally sympathetic to LFS users, though, as it's a great learning tool!
     
  8. fischju_original

    fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    keep windows if thats what you're used to. linux can get very confusing, the time you spend figuring out how to work it will be longer than the time it saves booting apps. Turn all of the good looking stuff in XP off, you'll get a huge performance boost
     
  9. Azimuth

    Azimuth Chicken Teriyaki Boy!

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    for beginners simply means everything comes prepackaged and easy to use, has nothing to do with being "elite"

    LFS does rule though
     
  10. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

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    PREACH IT!!!!!!!


    MAC SUX!!!!!!!! weener
     
  11. mikeosoft

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    i love OSX but i dont have an apple right now.....
     
  12. juggernaut911

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    I dont think I like you very much... Mikesoft/MICROSOFT!!!!!!
     
  13. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

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    Hey juggy, old buddy, don't be a hater!

    Mac OS is teh roolzors baby!!!

    Now, back on topic...
    .. o wait, I have nothing to add..

    ..nevermind.
     
  14. Qpido

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    Oh noez, it's old people who are trying to be cool like these here hip youngsters!
    Stawp it!

    Q~
     
  15. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

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    I'm not old, I'm temporally challenged...
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  16. juggernaut911

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    mthr... its nothing personal but... its what me and my brother/sister fight about!!!!!
     
  17. bobrules

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    I assume your memory is in MB. Get Windows 2000 perfect for your situation.
     
  18. friedchicken
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    ran live ubantu
    there's no video driver for the laptop meaning that it is stuck at 800x640 and the shitty dell laptop wont upconvert the pixels to fit the screen.
    i guess no ubantu for that laptop.

    Im going to have to look for black vipers xp guide =/
     
  19. fischju_original

    fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    no way, 2000 is slower than XP