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My parents have just given my their old laptop; it has a jawdropping 500MB of RAM and a 1.4 ghz processor. Is there a version of ubuntu that would function well on it?


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marked as duplicate by Aditya, Warren Hill, don.joey, BuZZ-dEE, bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '13 at 20:48

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if you want to browse the internet you will need more ram, 1gb more at least. – user091230912 Dec 10 '13 at 14:50
Nothing. It will be terribly slow. Even Xubuntu is slow on that. Use XP (with nLite) or even some older Windows would work. Yeah I know, we are on AU, but really, that's a viable option for you. – Shiki Dec 10 '13 at 15:27

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It meets the minimal requirements for both Xubuntu and Lubuntu. Xubuntu has slightly more eye candy, Lubuntu is slightly lighter. Still, they're pretty close, so unless you have a particular preference for lxde over xfce, I would try Xubuntu and go straight for a super-lightweight distro like Puppy Linux if Xubuntu turns out to be too heavy.

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I Strongly Recommend Xubuntu! – samgabbay Dec 10 '13 at 15:35

I'd go with Lubuntu, but keep in mind that you'd need to increase your RAM as much as possible (at least to 1GB).

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As long as he can find a suitable memory card on the market) – Pavel Dec 10 '13 at 16:46
@Pavel, of course. – user123492 Dec 10 '13 at 16:52

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