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Hi :)
Would Gnome Office (ie Abiword and Gnumeric) be better?

Also last time i tried distro-hopping on 'old' machines i found that
Kubuntu was much faster and lighter-weight than even Lubuntu and Xubuntu.
There was a ton of stuff to figure out and apps etc to add o really get the
most out of it but the default set-up looks really swish and is very
usable.  Perhaps best to let the new owner enjoy their own voyage of
discovery.  Kubuntu uses a different office suite and i found that so light
and fast that i didn't bother to try out LibreOffice on it.
KOffice/Calligra uses the same file-formats as LibreOffice.

Regards from
a Tom :)

On 23 February 2018 at 14:43, M Henri Day <> wrote:

2018-02-23 3:02 GMT+01:00 Tim-L <>:

I am getting an old HP desktop, that originally WinXP, ready to give

It has 64-bit AMD 3300+ CPU, 512MB ram, and only 160GB drive.  It was an
original Windows XP 32-bit OS system on a 64-bit hardware. Since it needs
ALL of the old user's info removed, and XP OS "damaged", It was better to
just make it a Linux system - for security reasons.

I just installed Ubuntu MATE 16.04 64-bit on it.  Their specs stated
32-bit would be best but the system keeps failing due a SIS630 "module

So with these specs, what is the newest version of LO you would install?
With this low RAM, it may not be able to handle the newest versions. As I
type this, the old system is now in the "software updating" cycle.  So,
is installing the newest LO that is in Ubuntu 16.04's repository.

To be honest, this system is a little old for my needs, but for a free
giveaway system [HP desktop, keyboard, mouse, and a HP "square" 15 inch
monitor], I do not have any parts to upgrade it and do not want to buy
hardware for it.

So, what is the newest version I can install without and problems?.

‚ÄčTim, if you've managed to successfully install 64-bit Ubuntu MATE 16.04 on
this system, you should be able to install and run any version of LO - why
not take the latest, 6.0.1 (or 6.0.2 to which LO just updated itself via
the PPA om my Linux box) ? The only thing I'd recommend beyond this would
be installing a bit more RAM. Even if you've made clear that you don't wish
to buy any hardware for it, you should be able to obtain some used DDR-2
sticks, which the motherboard is almost certain to support, for next to
nothing, which would make a great deal of difference in how you experience
the computer (the system requirements for 64-bit LO 6.0.1 are listed as 256
MB RAM, with 512 MB recommended)....


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