[SATLUG] Switching to Linux from Windows XP

Chris Hudson chrishudson at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 12:06:41 CDT 2015

Defrag your hard drive before installing Linux.


On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Chris Montgomery <chrisncats at gmail.com>

> Peter, Travis, and Al,
> Thanks for your replies and for a couple of recommendations for
> distros/desktop environments to check out. I've actually started checking
> out some articles online that review linux distros and associated desktop
> environments (didn't know there was a distinct difference between them
> before, but now I do).
> Here is some hardware information about my Dell computer. Let me know if
> you were looking for something else.
> Specifications
> Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model: Dimension XPS Gen 2
> BIOS Version: Dell Computer Corporation A02
> Operating System
> Microsoft Windows XP Professional
> Version: 5.1.2600
> Service Pack: 3.0
> Location: C:\WINDOWS
> Memory (RAM)
> Capacity: 2 GB
> Processor
> Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
> Version: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
> Speed: 3192 MHz
> Local Disk
> Total Capacity: 111.70 GB
> Sum of Hard Disks: (C: D: E: )
>  Used: 82.99 GB
>  Free: 28.70 GB
> Video Card
> Model: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
> Regarding software that I will still need to run under Windows, this would
> include financial programs (MS Money, Quickbooks), tax software (H&R
> Block), and a few other windows based software programs. I wouldn't need to
> run these often but would need the ability to boot to Windows and run them
> as necessary.
> Thanks.
> Alan Lesmerises said the following on 7/31/2015 11:21 PM:
> I know the rest of the list can (and probably will) confirm or refute
>> this, but
>> my experience has been that when it comes to older hardware (slower CPUs,
>> less
>> RAM, less capable graphics cards, etc.), the main driver behind whether
>> you will
>> have a positive experience with any flavor of Linux will be the choice of
>> desktop environment you use. Unity was mentioned before, but Gnome & KDE
>> can
>> also place a load on older hardware (again, that's been _my_ experience).
>> I've
>> had good luck running LXDE or XFCE in those cases, and they are
>> definitely quite
>> usable and don't feel like you're giving up anything.
>> However, I would say that in the long-term, having hardware that can
>> support a
>> 64-bit operating system will become a more significant concern. It seems
>> that
>> several of the more major, mainstream distros have already dropped
>> support for
>> 32-bit versions, or will soon do so. To me, that has implications as far
>> as
>> long-term support (patches & updates) for whatever distro you go with.
>> However, I would bet that the various versions or derivatives of Ubuntu
>> will
>> probably continue to package 32-bit versions for quite some time to come.
>> For
>> nothing else, I think that doing so is entirely consistent with their main
>> philosophy of trying to bring affordable computing to the masses
>> (including the
>> 3rd world), and older platforms like yours are the kind of tech they
>> would want
>> to be compatible with.
>> As far as one that has a generally similar look and feel as XP, I really
>> like
>> Mint, especially since it looks like they put a lot of emphasis on desktop
>> usability for people who are switching from Windows.
>> As always, YMMV.
>> Al Lesmerises
>> On 7/31/2015 6:12 PM, Travis England wrote:
>>> I'm curious, what type of software running on Windows XP have you not
>>> been
>>> able to find a decent replacement for?
>>> I agree with Peter, in that we'd need to have a better idea of your
>>> hardware before making any solid recommendations. I will, however, throw
>>> out some love for elementaryOS. I've always had good luck getting it to
>>> work well, even on old hardware (my old gaming desktop I built around the
>>> same time as your Dell XPS was released).
>>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM, Peter Cross <pjcrux at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> What are the HW specs on the XPS? You may not enjoy Unity or other new
>>>> GUI's due to hw limitations. YMMV.
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> Chris Montgomery
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