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Offline angeloo

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old machines
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:22:38 am »
Hello everyone, I would like to know how much to install on old machines, because I intend to do the installation on an old PC, runs well on old machines ???

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Re: old machines
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 02:35:07 pm »
Hi angeloo,

To answer that we need to know more about your computer: e.g. how much RAM is installed? Which CPU do you have? The more information, the better.  ;)

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Re: old machines
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 03:11:36 pm »
Hello everyone, I would like to know how much to install on old machines, because I intend to do the installation on an old PC, runs well on old machines ???

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Re: old machines
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2020, 12:41:34 am »
Hi angeloo,

To answer that we need to know more about your computer: e.g. how much RAM is installed? Which CPU do you have? The more information, the better.  ;)

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Re: old machines
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 03:33:47 am »
Hi angeloo,

Looking at your hardware info it looks like you have sufficient RAM to do a normal installation. However, only you can decide on how much additional software you need/desire to install after that. Also, only you can make the determination about system performance (too slow, acceptable, etc.). You did not tell us what sort of mass storage you have (HDD or SSD), but avoiding HDDs and installing PeppermintOS (or any OS for that matter) on an SSD is usually accompanied by a really significant performance boost.  8)   

So why not just install and see if you like it? If you don't, then try another linux distro that is rated as good for old machines.  ;)   

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Re: old machines
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 09:08:00 am »
Hi angeloo

My hardware is almost as basic as yours
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System:    Host: Stewart-Advent Kernel: 5.3.0-45-generic i686 bits: 32 gcc: 7.5.0
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: DIXONSXP product: DIXONSXP serial: N/A
           Mobo: DIXONSXP model: DIXONSXP serial: N/A
           BIOS: DIXONSXP v: 1.00.DIX date: 04/12/2007
Battery    BAT0: charge: 4.4 Wh 100.0% condition: 4.4/4.4 Wh (100%)
           model: DIXONSXP DIXONSXP status: Full
CPU:       Dual core Intel T2080 (-MCP-) arch: Yonah rev.12 cache: 1024 KB
           flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 6933
           clock speeds: max: 1733 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1371 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.5 )
           drivers: intel (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1440x900@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2
           version: 1.4 Mesa 19.2.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.3.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
           driver: 8139too v: 0.9.28 port: 2000 bus-ID: 06:05.0
           IF: enp6s5 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Ralink RT2501/RT2573 Wireless Adapter
           driver: rt73usb v: 2.3.0 usb-ID: 001-003
           IF: wlx001060a1352c state: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 240.1GB (4.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WDS240G2G0A size: 240.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 77G used: 9.1G (13%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic main restricted
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates main restricted
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic universe
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates universe
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic multiverse
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates multiverse
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security main restricted
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security universe
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security multiverse
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peppermint.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p10-release/ubuntu bionic main
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p10-respin/ubuntu bionic main
Info:      Processes: 180 Uptime: 4:30 Memory: 509.3/1932.7MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.5.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56

What the above doesn't show is that I'm running it from an SSD which made a huge difference. Booting from an old 2.5" 5400rpm disc I had lying around took 2 minutes but everything ran OK after that. The SSD has dropped boot time dramatically and apart from slow websites (802.11g networking doesn't help) it's a perfectly usable machine for web browsing, document creation and the like. I've not tried GIMP on this incarnation but it was usable from the rotating disc.
As this s very much a spare computer I'm not too worried about it being out of service so I built it to dual-boot with Win10 and even that runs tolerably. The SSD makes even very basic hardware worth digging out and using.