Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2018 Archives by date, by thread · List index

On 02/23/2018 09:43 AM, 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 away.

    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 missing".

    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, it 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 any hardware for it.

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

​Tim, 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)....


Hey Henri. . . . .

First - I would have to buy more ram.  I may find some in a box somewhere.  I do not want to put money into this free giveaway desktop. Since HP no longer have spec info for this old XP desktop, I do not know if the two 256MB memory sticks is the largest or could it take two 512MB instead.

Second - Ubuntu MATE stated the x86 version would take the least amount of ram, but since it gave me fatal errors, I tried x64 version.  I run this on laptops, like the one I am typing from.

Tom Davis
thought this desktop could use Kubuntu.  I have not tried KDE for a long time.  I read a lot of articles that stated that MATE was the better option to take an old XP desktop and add Linux distro that would be the "easiest" to move to for those who used XP. I likes the "gnome" version used originally for Ubuntu version 9 thru 12. After that I changed to the MATE desktop environment. Since I use Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS, and will go to 18.04LTS this year, if the person who gets the old system needs help, I can help them.

zahra a
mentioned using XP on the system.  I do have XP and a Win7 upgrade DVDs.  For XP, I do not want to reinstall XP since there are no security updates anymore.  I really want the system not to have to use half the processor usage for security software.  As for Win7, well there are still some security updated for a newly installed Win7 systems.  Also, the processor issue is the same with Win7. This security issue is one of the biggest reasons for running Linux.  I knew that Ubuntu 12 could run well, but I was hoping to get 16.04LTS to install.

Third - The Ubuntu MATE install updated the 64-bit LO from the repository. I have one system running 5.4.4 and this one is running, but will go to 6.0.1.x soon.  I was thinking about running 5.4.5.x on the 512MB system.  I wanted the more "conservative user" version of LO over the "technology enthusiast, early adopter or power user" version for this system.

To be honest, this old system will be used for a few things - browser, email, document creation, music and media player. I may add a few "education" packages to that system, since it may go to a kid as well as an adult.  As I stated, it will be free.  If you need a new/newer system, you can get a Win10 laptop for under $250.

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.