[CS-FSLUG] OT: (Long) Help with Shepherd's Staff -- OnTopic: Moving to Open Source

Cia Watson ciamarie at my180.net
Sun Jan 17 17:39:01 CST 2010

For what it's worth, I have a laptop with only 256mb of ram and I've
got Fedora 11 and linux Mint (ubuntu based) running on it. Fedora's yum
is a bit slow and the gui yumex is painfully slow; and I wouldn't think
of using Open Office on it -- but otherwise it's running.

I installed both from LiveCD's. I tried booting some other distro's
livecd's (including Ubuntu 8.10, slackware, arch) and got kernel panics.
I hate it when a kernel panics. 

With 512mb Mint would probably be fine, with Abiword and gnumeric and
gnucash and I don't know what else it'd need. Xiphos or BibleTime, of
course :-) Upgrading ram to at least 1gb maybe 2 shouldn't cost very
much. Then you could run just about any distro. 

All the best in your attempts to move to FOSS! 


On Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:49:27 -0700
sjm <sjm.mlists at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Machines are P3, 2.8 GHz, with 500 MB RAM....slow with Anti-virus
> > and in my view perfect for a version of Ubuntu CE or other Open
> > Source OS.
> Be careful touting slowness with Windows.  Those machines (only 512MB
> RAM) might not do real well with the latest Ubuntu either.  There are
> lighter distros, but you need to test them first.
> sjm (who just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a 1.8GHz 512 MB machine)
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