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I am planning to install Ubuntu on my old laptop - IBM ThinkPad T41. The laptop has 1 GB RAM, 50 GB hard disk, 1.6-GHz Pentium M processor and 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics card. I would prefer to install and run Ubuntu with Unity 2D on this system, but would also want my system to be fast and responsive.

My question is this: will the Unity 2D interface run fast on this system, or should I install Xubuntu or Lubuntu instead?


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You can use unity 2D in the given configuration.But for faster experience lxde is the better choice


      sudo apt-get install lxde

Alternatively you can chose Lubuntu (ubuntu derivative with lxde de)

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I had this same Thinkpad model before switching to W510. I ran Unity 2D from 11.10 and didn't experience dramatic lags and graphical performance issues. Metacity is very efficient and doesn't consume much resources.
Because it's very easy to switch to Unity at login time I recall that Unity was a bit slow and Compiz consumed a lot of memory compared to total amount I had.

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Ubuntu Unity 2D should work fine on that system. Nothing fancy is needed to run 2D and yours is just fine.

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Don't you forget of the little sister of ubuntu: Lubuntu!

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Lubuntu 11.10 requires a minimum of 128 MB of RAM to run and 256 MB of RAM to install with the graphic installer. The recommended minimum RAM to run a live CD session is 384 MB.

Lubuntu 15.04 requires for advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook at least 1 GB RAM

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