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Throw me Distro suggestions!

#1 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:36 pm

I have an X61s sitting on a shelf. I pulled it out today to take it for a spin. Don't really want W10 on it and W7 is just too ordinary.

Was going to install Ubuntu but thought it would be good to try something new.

Things I want to do:
Light browsing
Little document processing
And maybe some programming

Things I'd like:
Better battery life out of the computer.

Throw me anything you got. I was going to start with Mint and Lubuntu but anything is a possibility. It's a L7500 and maybe 2GB RAM.
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#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:20 pm

Ive tried those two plus Puppy Linux. Eh....not too happy about all 3.

Battery life out of a 4 cell slim is abysmal even with 70% org. capacity.

Lubuntu - Feels like I can't get to any program I need to. Like ChromeOS in a way.

Mint - Like it better...but still like I can't get places and it locks up randomly on old hardware without responsiveness for minutes on end.

Puppy - Very smooth on old hardware but feels like a Where's Waldo book. Also the wierd clunky feel of the "saving sessions" vs plain just loading and logging in. To me it feels like it belongs on a library computer or something.
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#3 Post by Cigarguy » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:01 pm

I wouldn't say Linux Mint "locks up randomly on old hardware". I have no doubt that it did do this on your 1 particular machine with your particular install. I've install mint on about 12 different older machines and have had no problem whatsoever.

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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#4 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:32 pm

Cigarguy wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:01 pm
I wouldn't say Linux Mint "locks up randomly on old hardware". I have no doubt that it did do this on your 1 particular machine with your particular install. I've install mint on about 12 different older machines and have had no problem whatsoever.
Yeah my X61s has always been a funny machine. It has a mind of its own and does as it pleases.

I need to upgrade the drive from a 60GB spin-n-crunch drive from a X60s though. Probably is part of the abysmal performance.
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The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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#5 Post by dr_st » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:24 am

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:36 pm
Things I'd like:
Better battery life out of the computer.
Get a different computer.
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#6 Post by Tasurinchi » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:53 am

I'm using LXDE in a X41 with an SSD and 2GB RAM, runs actually surprisingly snappy, but I don't know how it will look like with a conventional HDD

I'm also using Bunsen Labs in an an X30 and X24 with <1GB RAM...
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#7 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:57 am

dr_st wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:24 am
Get a different computer.
Your definitely right on that but a 4 cell slim gives a pathetic 45min - 1hr battery life. Atleast I have an 8 cell which gives a respectable 4 hrs though.

But this machine is no more than a bedside machine when my T450 and T520 are on the charger.

And this X61s is just so stupidly light.
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The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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#8 Post by skx » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:29 am

Debian... you can make it as light and minimal as you want. It's the mother of all distros which count :mrgreen:
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#9 Post by wwkeyboard » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:14 am

Is there a specific need that Ubuntu can't fulfill or are you looking for a different distro for the sake of being different? If you want something that looks and feels different I'd suggest playing around with window managers instead. https://www.reddit.com/r/unixporn has a wealth of information about making any distro look and feel different, even without having to suffer the pain of limited packages and a much smaller bug-fixing community.

If you goal is to learn about how a Linux system is constructed I'd recommend installing Arch or Gentoo. The process of getting them running and configured, then fixing all the little problems that pop up, will teach you a considerable amount about Linux.

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#10 Post by murak » Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:07 pm

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Throw me Distro suggestions!

#11 Post by Omineca » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:46 am

Debian with LXDE makes for a responsive experience on my R500 (with SSD). It's been my daily use laptop since about 2013.
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#12 Post by Hierax_ca » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:16 am

MX-18 Linux (Debian 9.6 with the XFCE DE and 4.19 LTS Kernel) is now final :
- https://sourceforge.net/projects/mx-lin ... nal/MX-18/ .

I've been running it on many Thinkpads since MX14.4 -- great distro!
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#13 Post by farmall » Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:25 pm

The problem is the ancient spinning rust HD. No distro will solve that problem, but small SSDs are plentiful around $20 or less new.
Longer battery life will be a bonus.

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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#14 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:03 pm

Yeah I know...I'm saving my cheap 20$ drives for more worthful machines.
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#15 Post by AndyMH » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:33 pm

Linux mint - been running it now for over two years. Recently upgraded to LM19. Tried the other major distros when I moved from the dark side. Mint was the one I liked the most.
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#16 Post by WarhawkCZ » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:25 pm

I run MX Linux on my x61 with a small SSD and 4GB or ram. It is very snappy and it is also the first distro which made me migrate from Windows.
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Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

#17 Post by retrofriends » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:09 pm

Pentium Ms and X61 (Core 2 Duo) are all very snappy -- as long as you aren't using a mechanical HDD

Xubuntu rocked my system, installing alongside my legacy OS without issue

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