I know. I am a little lazy lately for writing. But I know that as soon as something happens that is worth writing about, I will put it in words inside my blog…
Just two days ago I decided to breath life into my old computer. It doesn’t have much RAM and the processor is relatively slow, only 950MHz. So I decided to look into a Linux Distro that would give me a good enough performance. I did a similar thing some years ago and I remember that it was a long, slow process. Sure enough, although slightly faster, it still took some time and effort to try several distros in order to choose the right one.
My first thought was – Google it up and see, maybe there was a new distro that I never came across yet. Maybe… Yes, there was one, new to me – antiX 11. Straight from the main antiX website:
“antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing and MEPIS for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the “Magic of Mepis” in an environment suitable for old computers. So don’t throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue CD.”
I liked it. It was exactly what it said it would be. I am sure that if I was to spend time with it I would learn and find out many different ways to customize the distribution but, for some reason, I thought I should try other distros that I found too.
I tried Joli Cloud some time ago and I remember that I liked it. It was new. It was different and it was smooth. I downloaded Joli OS 1.2.iso and burned a CD to give it a shot.
Well it happened again. Very smooth install and just as I thought – I liked it very much. The problem I had, although it’s a good thing, to use Joli you need to register with your user name and password. Then, if you wish so you can be on another computer and get to your Joli configuration just by login in with your credentials. As much as it was a great way to have a freedom of having your own OS anywhere there is an Internet connection, it was also, in a way, not your own, private box… Hard to explain. I guess I was more into a regular – “my computer, my operating system” kind of solution.
That brought me to open SUSE LXDE 11.3 Here is what opensuse.org says about it:
“LXDE stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. It is an extremely fast performing energy saving desktop environment. It is maintained by an international community of developers and comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing.”
I started the install after it booted as a live CD. I was warned that the installation might not work because there wasn’t enough RAM. It needed at least 1 Gig of RAM. Well, I continued with the installation and it took some time but it worked. It was a very clean, esthetically pleasing desktop with a stable and strong feeling of SUSE. I am sure that if I was to stick to it I would have probably loved it even more in time. But at this point I had to try the rest of the distros I learned during my search for the right distribution. I had to give them a chance. After all, people that were involved in making those distros, all deserve the respect and the least I can do is to try their products out.
That is how I came across a distro called Zevenos 3. I am not going to spend too much time on writing about Zevenos 3. If you are interested you can read about it here: http://www.zevenos.com/allgemein/zevenos-3-0-release-announcement.html My first impression was that I wasn’t overly exited when I looked at the desktop. Something about it was communicating: “cheesy” and “clumsy”, but that is just my opinion and without getting more and deeper into it.
As some of you know, I am using Linux Mint as my main OS and so far I love it. It does serve me very well and after I installed Bricscad I really have no use for that other OS that is not free and that one has to defend and restart more often then to use it. In any case, I thought I should see if there is a Linux Mint version that would be good for an old PC, just like the one I have and would like to revive.
That is how I came across Linux Mint 10 LXDE. So here, maybe better then me trying to tell you about it, watch this video and see for yourself.
Just one little thought… I am trying to be as objective as I can. I did try all these distros first and I still had to keep on looking and trying… until I tried Linux Mint 10 LXDE. It was a right choice on so many levels. If you give it a shot I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. If you need to make your old PC work like it just came out of the store, try it out. I am sure you will love it. Cheers!