[SATLUG] Switching to Linux from Windows XP
mayfield_mark at gvtc.com
Sat Aug 1 13:22:47 CDT 2015
I have been using MATE pretty much exclusively and think its great. It
is fairly friendly to old hardware
On 07/31/2015 11:21 PM, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
> 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
>> 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,
>> 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
>> 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.
>>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Chris Montgomery
>>> <chrisncats at gmail.com>
>>>> I've been limping along on Windows XP on a 12-year old Dell
>>>> Dimenion XPS since December 2003. For the most part, I haven't had
>>>> any major issues. Now, after installing some MS updates about 10
>>>> days ago I am having crashes and have lost all data on my external
>>>> USB drive (mainly used for backups but there were some original
>>>> media files on the drive). I have been considering moving to Linux
>>>> on my desktop for a long time and it seems the time to make that
>>>> move is now. The last time I had anything to do with Linux was in
>>>> late 2000 to early 2001 when I ran Red Hat 7.1 on my previous
>>>> desktop for about four months. Had to move back to Windows,
>>>> however, since most of the software I needed to use didn't have
>>>> compatible Linux versions back then. I believe the Linux software
>>>> offerings have evolved quite a bit since then and I could do most
>>>> of what I need to do on the computer these days by running Linux as
>>>> my primary OS but also having the option to dual boot out to
>>>> Windows for those few softare needs that aren't supported under
>>>> Linux (mostly financial and tax packages).
>>>> So, to get to the point, I have a rather urgent need to get a Linux
>>>> install up and running on this machine (don't have the funds to buy
>>>> new right now) because I don't want to lose anymore data. I also
>>>> haven't been keeping up with what has been going on in the Linux
>>>> world for the past several years other than occasionally noticing
>>>> that there are lots of options for someone to choose from who wants
>>>> to make the Windows to Linux switch. Folks, if you have a good
>>>> recommendation or two that I can look at for making that switch in
>>>> fairly short order, I would greatly appreciate knowing what you
>>>> think. I have a brand new 500gb Seagate SATA drive that's been in a
>>>> shrinkwrapped box sitting on the shelf for a few years that I plan
>>>> to use when making the transition. I will temporarily pull the plug
>>>> on my existing 120gb drive where all of my Windows programs are
>>>> installed and which holds all of my data until I can get Linux
>>>> running on the new drive. After that, I'll hook the old drive back
>>>> up and migrate my data to the new drive and then either try to
>>>> repair the WinXP install or do a fresh reinstall of WinXP to use
>>>> for running the windows software that I will still need.
>>>> All thoughts greatly appreciated!
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Chris Montgomery
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