[SATLUG] Switching to Linux from Windows XP

hc at lookcee.com hc at lookcee.com
Sat Aug 1 12:33:49 CDT 2015


Yes defrag the old HD but he says he is going to install fresh to a new 500gb HD 
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On Saturday, August 1, 2015 12:06, "Chris Hudson" <chrishudson at gmail.com> said:



> Defrag your hard drive before installing Linux.
> 
> --Chris
> 
> 
> On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Chris Montgomery <chrisncats at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > 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.
> >>>>
> >>>
> >
> >
> > --
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Chris Montgomery
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