I have a legacy Lenovo R60 laptop running an Intel Core Solo T3100 (1.67MHz) processor currently running Windows XP (192mb RAM / 40GB HDD). My goal is to try and run Ubuntu on it using a pen-drive, so that machine response is faster and I can free up some space on it for other purposes. Would any particular version of Ubuntu only, work? I would love any tips that a Linux noob can use, and a link to the exact version of Ubuntu to be downloaded would be really appreciated!
I'd try using Lubuntu. It is a tad more streamlined for older, lesser-powered machines. 12.04 should work, if it doesnt, you can always try 11.10 (which is not End-Of-Life yet, at the time of this post.)
(From my experience, Lubuntu works a bit better on older or low-powered systems in comparison to Ubuntu)
Regardless of which version/derivative of Ubuntu you install, you should put a decent-sized swap partition in, i'd recommend > 2GB, so that the swap can kick in if RAM gets eaten up.
The latest version of Lubuntu (12.04)should work just fine. You can download it from here. (Choose the recommended 32 bit disk image unless your Laptop can run a 64 bit Operating system)
Also since you want to run it on a USB drive, you can easily create a live USB using lili USB disk creator on your windows set up.
You can also watch this video for a step by step guide in creating bootable USB pen drive.
Make sure you choose the '
Since you want to run the OS solely via the pen drive I'd recommend a >=4GB one.
Hope this helps.
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I have run Ubuntu 10.x on T40 series laptops. You can't get very good screen resolution with those older and they won't be able to run Unity. So 10.x is about the best you're going to do. It does run very fast for me on those machines.
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