Solved Linux Mint 17 on a Legacy System

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October 1, 2014 at 19:17:45
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Hi all,

Just wondering, do you guys know if you can run a modern version of Linux on an older system?

Basically, my friend got a free computer from school. They'd preloaded it with Ubuntu 3.5 or something similar, but it was logged in as a standard user and he'd lost the paper that had the admin password on it - long story short you can't do much at that point (he tried contacting administration but they don't keep those records sadly).

So, I figured that I'd just install a fresh copy of Linux on the system. I showed him a few different UI's and he said he liked Mint better than Ubuntu, so I'm gonna try with that.

Will this even work? Will the BIOS even recognize the OS?

Not sure about the make/model, I know it's a Dell but I forgot to write down the system specs, other than two DIMMs and a Pentium 4 HT I have no clue. I'll post more info tomorrow.

I know that Windows has used a very similar boot thingy for a long time...MBR I think its called...tho newer versions do support GPT...

Is the same true for Linux? I know that the file systems have changed a bit over time (ext2, ext3, ext4) and that ext 2 is usually used for legacy systems, can you install Mint with the ext2 system...? (unless of course they are backwards compatible)

It only has 1 GB of RAM, so running Windows would be iffy...suppose we could go back to XP, but I figure Linux will be faster than that (and more secure too...not sure tho)


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October 2, 2014 at 06:49:09
Just install Mint 17 Xfce 32-bit & be done with it. Notice the system requirements:

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October 2, 2014 at 12:48:52

Why Xfce over Cinnamon or KDE? Just wondering, as I don't have really any experience with Mint.

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October 3, 2014 at 12:24:17
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October 22, 2014 at 07:17:08
"ext 2 is usually used for legacy systems, can you install Mint with the ext2 system...?"

Yes mint will install to ext2, however your system is more than capable of using ext4.

I would avoid ext2, since it does not support journalling which can help avoid file corruption during the event of a power-outage.

Journaling file system - wikipedia

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