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I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 (32 bit, as that was recommended for 2gb or RAM or less) on a Acer Veriton N281G D425 Intel Atom 1.8GHz 2GB RAM and a 500GB HDD. This is a small box computer that I got surplus for a "song" and want to use it for my son (5 yrs old). I had played with Linux years and years ago (like 10 - 15 yrs - Mandrake, Lindows, and Suse ~ but I was just playing). Anyhow I first put on Qimo 2.0 and it ran like a high end machine but as you power users know Qimo is build on top of Ubuntu 10 or thereabouts and it's no longer supported. So I went to Ubuntu thinking I'd just download the kids progs that my son took a liking to. After all a lot more room for him to grow with the OS with a current version of Ubuntu. Well, it is running horrible. Especially video responsiveness. It's painful. Remember when Windows 95 first came out, MS claimed it would run on a 386 - this is like that, but worse. What did I do wrong or more importantly can I fix this issue? Thanks, Bill

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  • That laptop is not really up to running Ubuntu, the specs for the basic Ubuntu desktop (Unity) are about as high as they come, you should look at Xubuntu or Lubuntu, same OS different Desktop xubuntu.org or lubuntu.net
    – Mark Kirby
    Sep 14, 2015 at 5:14
  • Thank you very much for the feedback Mark! While I was waiting for answers I did some Googling and found that there was a vendor selling these units refurbished with something called "Linux Linpus" pre-loaded. Ever heard of that one? Is it worth looking at?
    – Bill
    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:35

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If ubuntu 10 ran top notch, take a look at Xubuntu, which is more like ubuntu 10, Ubuntustudio, which also uses the same desktop but includes a lowlatency kernel, or Lubuntu, which uses openbox.

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  • Thank you very much for the feedback "mchid"! While I was waiting for answers I did some Googling and found that there was a vendor selling these units refurbished with something called "Linux Linpus" pre-loaded. Ever heard of that one? Is it worth looking at?
    – Bill
    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:35
  • I don't know. maybe check unix.stackexchange.com
    – mchid
    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:36
  • You said ubuntu 10 ran great. Xubuntu, Ubuntustudio, or Lubuntu should run just as good if not better. Also, redhat (linpus is fedora based as far as I know) doesn't have the repo that debian has (not even sure if they have any kids applications).
    – mchid
    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:44
  • Thanks! Yes, Ubuntu 10 ran great. So forgive a noobie question but when you say "repo" do you mean that place where you can download gobs of software for Ubuntu? Does each Linux distro have its own "area" like that or are there certain core parts of a distro that allow clustering by the "root" (Debian, Fedora, ect al.....) Is there a place I can look at the distro area of these different flavors of Linux? I want to use the flavor that has the most choices for the little guy. :) Darn, wish someone was still updating Qimo.... but such is life. :)
    – Bill
    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:54
  • Yes, repo is the repository of software available from the distro. ubuntu is debian based and debian has the largest repo by far. Having ubuntu, you have access to all the debian stuff and more. This page shows that Debian/Ubuntu has twice as many available packages compared to Fedora. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – mchid
    Sep 14, 2015 at 7:17

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