Ok, it's only got 512Mb of Ram so choosing the heaviest distro in the world (Ubuntu) is probably not the best
choice. Perhaps ask in DistroWatch crazy little weekly "Reader's Comments" thread
(err and then navigate to their weekly 'magazine type of thing and view all comments so you can add
you own at the bottom. They tend to get a bit crazy in there until they are given a problem of
finding the 'best' distro for a particular machine and for what you want. Alternatively, or at the
same time, ask somewhere in
People get quite excited about all this sort of thing so you have to be clear about what you want to use the machine for, eg gaming platform, server, web-browsing and officey stuff, multimedia centre, whatever and don't worry about people being rude as they just can't help it and it can be funny to watch the steam coming out of their ears.
I'm getting quite into the idea of trying Lubuntu which is very much lighter than Ubuntu (what isn't!?!) but
there are tons of choices. Mageia is nice and was based on Mandriva which was one of the prettiest distros.
I tend to download a few different distros and make a "Live Usb" (bootable usb-stick) or LiveCd/Dvd
and then just try them out to see what works best and which i like the look of on a particular machine. A
fun day playing around :)
Most distros now include LibreOffice by default but you can always download and install the official TDF version from the LibreOffice website.
Ubuntu is made to compete with the latest Windows on top-spec machines. It's not really made for
old or low-spec ones even with all the effects turned right down it can be a bit heavy.
--- On Wed, 11/4/12, Pertti Rönnberg<email@example.com> wrote:
From: Pertti Rönnberg<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Ubuntu 12.04 LTS [final beta] includes LO 188.8.131.52
Date: Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:22
May I ask for advice,
I have an old spare laptop (HP/Compaq NX9005) and thought of installing a Linux, e.g. Ubuntu on it.
are there other Linux-distributions than Ubuntu to be considered as best for private/home use?
if Ubuntu, what version do you recommend to start with?
can I install Ubuntu without a LibO -- and install LibO separately ? Or OpenO?
what LibO version is today best in the Linux/Ubuntu world?
Thanks in advance
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