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Operating system for old laptop

Discussion in 'General Computer Discussions' started by pubrunner, 7 Sep 2015.

  1. pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Geek

    Hi All,

    I've an old laptop - an IBM Thinkpad R50e.

    I can't bring myself to throw it out, 'cos it still works . . . even the battery seems good. I can't remember how much ram it has - only 0.5 gb I think.

    So what should I do with it ? Install Linux or some other operating system ? . . . Or Ubuntu ?
    Last edited: 7 Sep 2015
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Puppy seems quite popular on older machines with low memory.


    But if you upgrade your ram to 1GB you will find it will run much better and could install things like Mint, Suse or Debian
  3. pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Geek

    Many thanks for the reply; I'll certainly upgrade the laptop - probably up to 2GB ram which is the max it can take. I'd like to try something other than Windows; preferable, something with user-friendly interface.
  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    With a gig or two of memory you should be able to run most versions of Linux, I'd recommend Ubuntu as it's the most popular and has the most software support. Though that depends on what you want to do on the computer.
  5. andyfraser

    andyfraser Active Geek

    Swindon, Wilts
    An older machine may struggle with Ubuntu, even with plenty of RAM. I'd look at Xubuntu for a lighter weight desktop or the Cinnamon or MATE versions of Mint which are equally light weight. Mint is basically Ubuntu 14.04 with Mint branding and Cinnamon/MATE instead of Unity.