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Hi :)
Again, good points.  It is much easier to support people using a system
that you use yourself.  I gave up on using Kubuntu when i no longer had to
support anyone using it.  It is interesting and has tons of nice features
but i just prefer stock Ubuntu for my main use.  If i had to support low
spec machines again i would prolly give Kubuntu a go.
Regards from
a Tom :)

On 23 February 2018 at 17:26, Tim-L <> wrote:

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

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

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.

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