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Your favorite free O/S

#1 Post by Whitieiii » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:39 pm

what is your favorite free operating system? I'm looking for something for one of my free machines... I don't expect much from it and already invested $8 in it for a power supply.... I was thinking of going with Linux Mint or Debian to be different then just installing Ubuntu but what do you like?
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 60GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 320 GB HDD 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 500 GB HDD Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
T430 3rd Gen i5 8GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro
T440P 4th gen i5 8GB ram

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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#2 Post by MisterB » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:57 pm

Mint is easier than Debian and has much better plug and play hardware recognition. I have a portable installation on an express card drive and I have yet to boot it onto a Thinkpad and not have it work with all the different hardware being recognized. W500, W520, X220 Tablet, X201 Tablet, W700 and W701 all work with it with no missing drivers and it doesn't take long to boot either which surprises me because it has to reconfigure the hardware at boot.

I use Debian as my system of choice for Linux servers but Mint and Ubuntu are my favorites as client OSes.
Currently using: A W500, a W520, an X201T, an X220T, an X61T, a 14" T60P, a 15" UXGA T60P, a W700 and a W701.
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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#3 Post by Whitieiii » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:07 am

MisterB wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:57 pm
Mint is easier than Debian and has much better plug and play hardware recognition. I have a portable installation on an express card drive and I have yet to boot it onto a Thinkpad and not have it work with all the different hardware being recognized. W500, W520, X220 Tablet, X201 Tablet, W700 and W701 all work with it with no missing drivers and it doesn't take long to boot either which surprises me because it has to reconfigure the hardware at boot.

I use Debian as my system of choice for Linux servers but Mint and Ubuntu are my favorites as client OSes.
I'm going to be using it on a crappy core 2 duo 64 bit windows visa era Dell inspiron 1525 but I gotta find out why it's running the fan at 100% it may need new thermal paste (like most of my machines)
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 60GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 320 GB HDD 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 500 GB HDD Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
T430 3rd Gen i5 8GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro
T440P 4th gen i5 8GB ram

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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:36 am

Years ago a friend of mine bought a Dell 1525 (against my advice), and it ran hot from day one.
Decent thermal paste (like Thermal Grizzly) might improve it.
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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#5 Post by Omineca » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:32 am

I like Debian. If you look around for the 'nonfree -including firmware' version, it has a lot of extra drivers in the .iso.

My R500 (also Core2Duo) runs very nicely with Debian and LXDE on the Desktop. It's my everyday machine, and has been for a few years. XFCE might be a better choice if you want a little more automated integration.

My only complaint with Debian at this point involves peripherals. I have a tough time getting full speed out of USB drives, etc. I'm not sure why, because Android Device Bridge works at full speed through the same ports. Sometimes unmounting and remounting a USB drive helps, but sometimes it doesn't. Other than that, I'm completely happy with it.
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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#6 Post by MisterB » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:31 pm

Whitieiii wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:07 am


I'm going to be using it on a crappy core 2 duo 64 bit windows visa era Dell inspiron 1525 but I gotta find out why it's running the fan at 100% it may need new thermal paste (like most of my machines)
I tried it on my T60P which has been upgraded with a T7200 processor. It worked just as easily as on newer Thinkpads. Mint is just about the best when it comes to working on different hardware. I've also booted the same image in Virtualbox VMs and the Virtualbox additions are built in so it is compatible with just about any 64 bit hardware or virtual hardware.


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Currently idle: A spare W500, a spare X61T, a 14" T61, a 15" SXGA+ T60, a 14" T60, and my first Thinkpad, a 770X.

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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#7 Post by Whitieiii » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:11 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:36 am
Years ago a friend of mine bought a Dell 1525 (against my advice), and it ran hot from day one.
Decent thermal paste (like Thermal Grizzly) might improve it.
ya thank god I only got the Dell for free... I would never pay money for it.... I'm only Thinkpads and Apple computers
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 60GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 320 GB HDD 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 500 GB HDD Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
T430 3rd Gen i5 8GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro
T440P 4th gen i5 8GB ram

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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#8 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:49 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:36 am
Years ago a friend of mine bought a Dell 1525 (against my advice), and it ran hot from day one.
Decent thermal paste (like Thermal Grizzly) might improve it.
It's ridiculously easy to remove the CPU heatsink (underside access panel), but the fan is a separate unit for some reason.

Undervolting works too, since it has a Core 2 Duo CPU. :D
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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#9 Post by Whitieiii » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:27 am

oddly enough I think my 2015 Macbook pro, Dell and Thinkpad T440p are the hottest running machines I own... I'm going to fully dissemble the T440p soon to clean it out and hopefully get it to a point where I can sell it for a T440p with nvidia graphics or upgrade it with a board that has nvidia graphics... at this point i'm set on getting an nvidia T440p
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 60GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 320 GB HDD 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 500 GB HDD Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
T430 3rd Gen i5 8GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro
T440P 4th gen i5 8GB ram

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Re: Your favorite free O/S

#10 Post by jdk » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:33 am

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