Hey guys, I've got an IBM Thinkpad G40 (Pentium 4, 256 mb RAM, 40 gb HDD, no DVD capabilities) and I want to install an OS that is able to run smoothly. Also, the person who will be using it is a noob (will only use Internet and Office).
What do you recommend?
I rule out Windows cause it's not free.
Currently it has Xubuntu 9.10 but you can't install any apps on it.
For some reason I can't install Ubuntu 10.04, it's something about the graphics card, I think.
I've recently read about Zorin, which is Ubuntu based and presumably very similar to Windows. Is this a good OS? It has the following requirements:
For the LXDE based versions (Lite):
266 MHz x86 processor
2GB of Hard Drive space
128 MB of system memory (RAM)
Graphics card capable of 640x480 resolution
Thanks a million
Last edited by smalltalk; 07-08-2012 at 20:37.
It says that the laptop's specs aren't good enough.
(Original post by Repressor)
Why can't you install any programs on the Xubuntu installation?
For me, it's the fact that the repositories aren't updated (when I try to do a system update, an error comes up: "i couldn't find the repositories"). But I don't know how to update the sources list without updating the distribution, which I don't want to do because newer versions of ubuntu (9.10+) don't work on this PC.
EDIT: for those suggesting WinXP... SP1? SP2? SP3?
Last edited by smalltalk; 07-08-2012 at 22:49.
I have an IBM thinkpad (X22), it came with a formatted hard drive and I found the best OS to be Puppy Linux, I haven't sorted out the a bootloader yet, but if you have a memory stick just always have it in the USB slot and you can boot into it. I tried various distributions (lubuntu, Slitaz, but all would fail during installation, due to some problem with the Graphics card).
If you need instructions, they are below:
Steps to install on formatted HDD (this is for a Thinkpad without a HDD): (if you need them)
1. Download your chosen Linux distribution (it's free), in .iso file format.
2. Within a working computer use a piece of software to create a bootable USB (I recommend Unetbootin)
3. In the IBM BIOS (The thing that you get when you start it up), press F2 or F12 and change the bootable device to the USB stick.
4. If the USB stick is inserted you should be away with an OS.
5. You can find instructions online in how to make Puppy Linux a permanent OS on the hard-drive so you don't need the USB stick, but I haven't done this yet.
Puppy Linux includes an internet browser, E-Mail client, Free equivalent of MS-word/office and even a few games. It's also very small and easy for anyone to use (It looks like Windows 98)
I hope that was useful. Sorry for posting instructions if you didn't need them, just realized you have XUbuntu, so I probably wasted your time telling you how to make a bootable USB.
Last edited by retrogamer104; 09-08-2012 at 14:25.
I recommend you look into the following distros:
Linux Mint XFCE version: http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=113
Puppy Linux: http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview ...ng Started.htm
These two distributions are very popular (if you are not aware of them) since Linux Mint XFCE is analogous to Xubuntu (since they run in the same desktop environment) while Puppy Linux is renowned for its simplicity and lightweight aspect, so it is not resource hungry. Lubuntu is also considered to be one of the most lightweight linux distributions so it should be able to run on your computer. All these operating systems contain a web browser and an office suite I think (perhaps someone could verify) so choose whichever you find to be the most suitable (remember to check whether all your hardware works on a Live CD)
EDIT: I have just found out that Linux Mint XFCE has a slightly higher system requirement for RAM (384 Mb) than what you already have but it may still work efficiently.
Last edited by BP_Tranquility; 10-08-2012 at 15:08.
Crunchbang is a nice stable linux OS based on debian. It runs on openbox so it should be pretty snappy even on a P4. (I use around 80MB of RAM on boot.)
I'd either use that, or download an Ubuntu minimal CD and only install the packages you need to give you a leaner OS.
XP is an option too but that's a decade old now.
Last edited by Jadrian; 11-08-2012 at 17:41.