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Old 21st February 2016, 03:29
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Hey folks...I have an 8 year old HP laptop that currently is running Windows 7. It is OK for web surfing but pretty damn slow for anything else. I haven't used Linux in years and there are a lot of different distros available now. Just curious what you would suggest for the best performance on an aging laptop?

I was considering Ubuntu or Elemantary OS, but I'm open to suggestions!
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Well, I somewhat answered my own question. I made bootable USB drives of both Ubuntu Desktop 15 and Elementary OS. Ubuntu works but Elementary OS doesn't recognize my video driver. There probably are ways around this outside of using the graphical install GUI, but I'm going to just go with Ubuntu for now.

But I'm definitely open to other options if any of you have an opinion on this!
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Try Ubuntu is a good choice, another light distro is puppylinux, but maybe a little basic.
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I recommend Lubuntu or Xubuntu.
They based on Ubuntu and therefore have the same matureness and you can rely on the large Ubuntu community for help with problems.

The difference is that they us LXDE respectively Xfce as desktop environments, which both are especially ressource-saving. Which of them to prefer is a question of taste, though personally I prefer LXDE (Lubuntu).
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Hey folks...I have an 8 year old HP laptop that currently is running Windows 7. It is OK for web surfing but pretty damn slow for anything else. I haven't used Linux in years and there are a lot of different distros available now. Just curious what you would suggest for the best performance on an aging laptop?

I was considering Ubuntu or Elemantary OS, but I'm open to suggestions!
I've been futzing around with different Linux distro's for several months now (so I'm no expert, barely above a newb). Have played with Ubuntu and Lubuntu. Liked both but they bothered me because the Close, Minimize and Maximize are in the wrong place. Could get used to it but its just annoying.

Also tried LXDE and pretty much liked it. Pretty fast and not terribly hard to adjust.

Tried several others but, after all that playing around, I've found I like Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 about the best. At least for now. The close, min and max buttons are where they're supposed to be and it seems to be designed fairly closely to Win 7 so there isn't as much getting used to. If your new to Linux it seems to be a good place to start. You can download it here:

http://linuxmint.com/

But thats just my experience with Mint. You may not like it as much. So, at least to get started, try a bunch of different distros.

I will say that Linux has really improved over the last few years. They're not quite there yet but it won't be too long before they're just as easy for a Windows user to use as Windows itself. Should work just fine on an older machine.

Good luck!
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At least with Mint you can get different environments, like KDE and cinnamon
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Thanks for all of the suggestions, guys. I've been playing around with different linux flavors today and I think I've settled on Mint. I haven't noticed a big difference performance-wise between the different distros. They all run better than Windows 7 on this old laptop.
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LXLE, antiX and Lite are three OS's that might suit you.

Plenty more to choose from here: -http://distrowatch.com/
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I use Linux Mageia, I like that it have a Control Center, like Control Panel from Windows, so it is easy to master...
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If you don't have experience in Linux systems and want a light OS, I suggest Xubuntu (XFCE based) or Lubuntu (LXDE based). They are both very lightweight than parent OS Ubuntu (Unity based).

I won't consider Linux Mint safe to use for a while as it was hacked 2 months ago.
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2994
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