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Matteo Di Furia
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Hi all, I'm thinking to install Linux on my laptop, and I'm looking for a distribution with a desktop/window manager fast and light enough, since my laptop is not so recent (I'm tired of Windows XP getting slower and slower after many updates and monthly use).
A friend suggested me Xubuntu, I'm downloading it right now to test it. Any other suggestion ?
Thank you in advance.
Maneesh Godbole
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Hi Matteo,

On this forum, I doubt you will get any meaningful answers
I will move this over to a more appropriate forum for you.


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Maneesh Godbole
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Can you tell us your laptop configuration?
Matteo Di Furia
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It's a Toshiba Satellite, Centrino with 512 MB RAM and 60 GB hard disk drive.
Hussein Baghdadi
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I recommend Arch Linux, it is a light, fast and versatile distro but it takes some effort to configure at the beginning but it is so smooth then.
It is the current distro I'm using now, really charming.
(These days, I'm staying away of Ubuntu AFAP)
Matteo Di Furia
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John Todd wrote:I recommend Arch Linux, it is a light, fast and versatile distro but it takes some effort to configure at the beginning but it is so smooth then.


Hi John, thank you for your suggestion, I'll try Arch Linux.
Considering the low amount of RAM and the need to run programs like Eclipse, I need a distro as light as possible.
By the way, why don't you like Ubuntu ?
Zandis Murāns
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You should try debian based Damn Small Linux.
Hussein Baghdadi
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Hey Matteo,
My Arch is loaded with Gnome and many startup applets, it takes just about 250 MB of RAM.
But really your RAM is a killer
I don't think 512 MB will help you to live peacfully considering you are doing to use Eclipse (and maybe Tomcat or JBoss AS) not to mention other applications.
Why I don't like Ubuntu?
I don't like Canonical policy any more.
For example, Jauny has has a severe performance problem with my Intel graphic card, the solution is easy, just upgrade the kernel.
In order to use the new kernel, I have to wait for Ubuntu Karmic (sorry but I don't want some one to control my laptop).
Also, they are so lazy ragarding updating their repos.
And not to mention, their forum is loaded with fanatics and zealots.
Arch community is awsome and real hard worker.
With a couple of hours, you can get the new release of any new released package.
Now, I'm going to get a Mac but Arch is still my favorite distro.
 
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