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What distro for a 2 core intel P9300 laptop

Any takers on the best all round distro for an old Dell laptop with a duo core P9300 would really like this for a plex player not a server and only 1 stream but it looks like it might be just too old?

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Crunchbang+

 

8 minutes ago, jpenguin said:

Tell us your GPU & RAM.  All Linux distributions are better on old hardware than Windows, it's mainly the DE

 

 


No.  Stock Ubuntu runs like crap on old hardware.  Any distro using LXDE or something similar would be ideal. 

 

CB or Debian using the base install + LXDE use less than 200mb of RAM at the desktop.

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21 minutes ago, KarathKasun said:

Crunchbang+

 


No.  Stock Ubuntu runs like crap on old hardware.  Any distro using LXDE or something similar would be ideal. 

 

CB or Debian using the base install + LXDE use less than 200mb of RAM at the desktop.

You just made my point; it is the DE not the distro

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Just now, jpenguin said:

You just made my point; it is the DE not the distro

For many people, the distro = Linux + stock DE.

 

This is why Lubuntu and Kubuntu are a thing.

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2 minutes ago, jpenguin said:

Ya, that is how most peoople see it.  You can install KDE or LXDE on ubuntu though

In which case you save yourself hassle by just installing Lubuntu or Kubuntu instead.

 

If you are going to do manual package selection in a Debian derivative, you are better off just installing Debian IMHO.

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51 minutes ago, M.Yurizaki said:

Lubuntu would be my first go-to.

 

19 minutes ago, KarathKasun said:

For many people, the distro = Linux + stock DE.

 

This is why Lubuntu and Kubuntu are a thing.

 

10 minutes ago, KarathKasun said:

In which case you save yourself hassle by just installing Lubuntu or Kubuntu instead.

 

If you are going to do manual package selection in a Debian derivative, you are better off just installing Debian IMHO.

Thanks for the input guys the display adapter is a mobile intel 4 series express chipset and it has 2gigs of ram ands its a 32 bit os windows vista business I would put more ram if I new it would perform better for plex

My daily driver: The Wrath of Red: OS Windows 10 home edition / CPU Ryzen TR4 1950x 3.85GHz / Cooler Master MasterAir MA621P Twin-Tower RGB CPU Air Cooler / PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 750watt / ASRock x399 Taichi / Gskill Flare X 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz / HP 10GB Single Port Mellanox Connectx-2 PCI-E 10GBe NIC / Samsung 512GB 970 pro M.2 / ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB / Acer - H236HLbid 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor x3

 

My technology Rig: The wizard: OS Windows 10 home edition / CPU Ryzen R7 1800x 3.95MHz / Corsair H110i / PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 750watt / ASUS CH 6 / Gskill Flare X 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz / HP 10GB Single Port Mellanox Connectx-2 PCI-E 10GBe NIC / 512GB 960 pro M.2 / ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB / Acer - H236HLbid 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor HP Monitor

 

My I don't use RigOS Windows 10 home edition / CPU Ryzen 1600x 3.85GHz / Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P Twin-Tower RGB CPU Air Cooler / PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 750watt / MSI x370 Gaming Pro Carbon / Gskill Flare X 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz / Samsung PM961 256GB M.2 PCIe Internal SSDEVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SSC GAMING / Acer - H236HLbid 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor

 

My NAS: The storage miser: OS unRAID v. 6.9.0-beta25 / CPU Intel i7 6700 / Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 Watt 80 Plus / ASUS Maximus viii Hero / 32GB Gskill RipJaw DDR4 3200Mhz / HP Mellanox ConnectX-2 10 GbE PCI-e G2 Dual SFP+ Ported Ethernet HCA NIC / 9 Drives total 29TB - 1 4TB seagate parity - 7 4TB WD Red data - 1 1TB laptop drive data - and 2 240GB Sandisk SSD's cache / Headless

 

Why did I buy this server: OS unRAID v. 6.9.0-beta25 / Dell R710 enterprise server with dual xeon E5530 / 48GB ecc ddr3 / Dell H310 6Gbps SAS HBA w/ LSI 9211-8i P20 IT / 4 450GB sas drives / headless

 

Just another server: OS Proxmox VE / Dell poweredge R410

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If you don't care about having a GUI, you could install Ubuntu Server or something similar. If all it's doing is serving files, you likely don't need a fancy GUI to service the server, but it'll probably take more elbow grease to work with.

 

Then again you could just install any distro and have it not run the DE at all.

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On 10/28/2018 at 9:54 PM, mrbilky said:

Any takers on the best all round distro for an old Dell laptop with a duo core P9300 would really like this for a plex player not a server and only 1 stream but it looks like it might be just too old?

Core 2 Duos are pretty good even today, the first thing you must look for is the iGPU, it is a GM4500 HD? 

Wouldn't suggest ubuntu just because it will take 1 gig of ram, maybe Xubuntu or Kubuntu 18.10

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My backup computer has an E8400 Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, & a 659ti.  It's never stuttered on any Linux distribution.  The GPU matters a lot more that the CPU.  I suggest opensuse, mageio or fedora

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