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So I inherited an old hp prebuilt from my grandfather after he passed and it's just sitting around collecting dust because it's still running XP. I wanna put it to use as a garage pc that I can browse the web and maybe stream music while I work on my car. Problem is it's running what I'm assuming is an Allendale core 2 duo, because it's a dual core running at 2.4ghz and the time frame fits the bill, and I've only got 2gb of ram.

 

So what I'm looking for is something light weight that's gonna actually run slightly quicker than the speed of paint drying without sinking any money into what is essentially e waste.

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Any distribution should work fine, I haven't seen any that uses more than 500MB of RAM on idle out of the box - for particularly light distributions there are the ones @Slottr suggested and, more generally, anything using lxde/lxqt/xfce/mate/cinnamon as a desktop environment.

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Sauron'stm Product Scores:

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Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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On 9/4/2020 at 10:26 PM, Sauron said:

Any distribution should work fine, I haven't seen any that uses more than 500MB of RAM on idle out of the box - for particularly light distributions there are the ones @Slottr suggested and, more generally, anything using lxde/lxqt/xfce/mate/cinnamon as a desktop environment.

Not really. Any distro with GNOME (like stock Ubuntu) will happily consume 1.5 GB of RAM, and even a system with KDE consumes around 800 MB.

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11 hours ago, Alexeygridnev1993 said:

Not really. Any distro with GNOME (like stock Ubuntu) will happily consume 1.5 GB of RAM, and even a system with KDE consumes around 800 MB.

Be careful not to confuse caching with actual required memory use. You can tell the difference with tools like free.

Don't ask to ask, just ask... please 🤨

sudo chmod -R 000 /*

What is scaling and how does it work? Asus PB287Q unboxing! Console alternatives :D Watch Netflix with Kodi on Arch Linux Sharing folders over the internet using SSH Beginner's Guide To LTT (by iamdarkyoshi)

Sauron'stm Product Scores:

Spoiler

Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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Frankly if you just want to browse the web and stream music, I would recommend FreeBSD (or maybe GhostBSD which gives a nice OOTB desktop installation) rather than Linux because I have found that it gives better performance than Linux on low-end hardware. But whether you go with Linux or BSD, the desktop environment makes a bigger difference than distro when it comes to resource usage. I'm a big fan of KDE Plasma 5 which is resource-efficient, but LXQt or Enlightenment are lighter-resource desktop environments if you need something even lighter.

 

Oh, and if you do go with FreeBSD, you'll probably want to use UFS instead of ZFS for the filesystem due to the low amount of RAM. ZFS will work, but some features like caching will be disabled.

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