The best distro for Acer Aspire 4736Z

June 11, 2016 at 21:59:09
Specs: None (yet), 2ghz cpu, 2gb ram
Its not my PC, its a friend's PC.
I found this -
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/hos...
and then decided to download this -
http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/rele...
Excluding the security and OS updates, can everything created for kubuntu (ubuntu in general) in this time (2016) can run on Kubuntu 10.04?
Or else, should we try Windows?
Windows 7 lags in it. If Windows XP is installed, what are the chances of non supported hardware?Plus, its expired, right?
Wbt windows Vista??
Drop in with anything that pops on your mind, geeks :)

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#1
June 12, 2016 at 01:41:05
Stick with Windows 7 and upgrade the RAM. Fresh install.

If it's a weak laptop look at something like puppy Linux.

But really at the end of the day it depends on what your friend wants to do with the laptop. If it's just browsing and emails and stuff, Keep it simple

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#2
June 12, 2016 at 07:13:07
"If Windows XP is installed, what are the chances of non supported hardware? Plus, its expired, right?"

XP & Kubuntu 10.04 LTS are both "expired", which means they have reached "end of life" & will no longer receive security updates or hot fixes beyond what was available on their expiration dates. XP expired in April 2014; Kubuntu 10.04 LTS expired in May 2013. You should be able to find drivers for XP but you'll have to hunt for them. Also, make sure to use a modern browser (Firefox or Chrome) in XP, not IE8.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS

When choosing an Ubuntu derivative, pay attention to the 1st letter. The "K" means KDE desktop environment (GUI). KDE is older & very resource heavy. Not a good choice for a system that's light on RAM. I suggest you go with the latest LTS version of either Lubuntu (LXDE) or Xubuntu (Xfce). LXDE = Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. Xfce isn't really an acronym but some sites say it stands for "X Freakin' Cool Environment". LXDE is the more lightweight of the two. See the following for an explanation:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-l...

http://lubuntu.net/

http://xubuntu.org/

And here's some info on the Acer: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Acer-A...

"Wbt windows Vista??"

Vista is Win7's older, fatter, dumber cousin. Stay away.

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#3
June 12, 2016 at 10:40:08
Re #1
Upgrading the RAM doesn't sound promising. It was like been there for long without use. Yes the PC is only aimed at working for basic stuff. Web browsing, multimedia playback, this app called "Patience" (card games) and preety huuge downloads. Its already got 2GB RAM.
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Re #2
riider, your comment and the links have been very helpful.
The reason why I preffered Kubuntu over anything else is that, the first link I posted says it integrates with the drivers and would work straight out of the box. Would XP do the same?!
Plus, I already omitted Security updates. Other updates (browser, audio/video codecs etc.) if avaliable, is only that's needed and will be appreciated a lot. My friend's got 1GB limit and has to hit to some linux only once.
Lubuntu, is a risk. According to me, at least. My Lenovo G410 doesn't produce any sound when running on Lubuntu, I had to remove it. Even the 64bit 14.04 doesn't detect my graphics driver and plays messy sounds on my HP 1000.
On the Acer, plans are to put any playback app and Firefox that keeps updating, also with emails, office suite (else the abiword/gnumeric combo) and then these small card games and online flash supported games, aimed mainly on Facebook games.
Get back to this, will be thankful :)

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#4
June 12, 2016 at 10:45:26
This friend of mine is happy enough to learn how to send an e-mail. Explaining her about 'drivers' would take around two days, literally.
She is sadly, not a tecchie.
My plan is to use suggest something that works the instant it's installed. I can then tell her later to use a package manager and download any updates avaliable (not drivers), which implies again, working internet immediately.

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#5
June 12, 2016 at 13:08:28
Whether it's Windows or Linux, drivers are not always loaded or updated automatically, which is why I stated that you may have to hunt for them. As long as you know the make/model of the motherboard chipset, graphics, audio, network, wireless, etc, you should be able to find the drivers for them. Linux is very particular when it comes to graphics & some network chips so you might have to do some googling to find instructions on how to download & install the right ones. In many cases you will have to use the command line.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/7215...

Adobe has abandoned Linux when it comes to flash. The last officially supported flash version is 11.2 (Windows is up to 21) so it's possible that some flash based apps or sites may not work. Although I haven't tried it myself, I've read that the pepper flash browser plugin will get the latest flash versions to work.

https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/tut...

Do you know how to take remote control of another person's PC over the internet? Have a look at TeamViewer, it's free for personal use. I haven't used it much lately but I used to use it all the time to fix friend's computers without having to travel to them.

https://www.teamviewer.com/en/


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#6
June 12, 2016 at 19:28:35
"Adobe has abandoned Linux when it comes to flash. The last officially supported flash version is 11.2"
My Peppermint 5 has Google Chrome (not Chromium, the default open-source browser) and is uptodate with Flash 21. Do you use any linux btw? Information around the internet (especially forums and some non-experienced techie bloggers) might be wrong. You need to be sure before saying that. Yes, if you use linux, I wanna know what you use, that has abandoned flash updates.

"Do you know how to take remote control of another person's PC overthe internet? Have a look at TeamViewer, it's free for personal use. I haven't used it much lately but I used to use it all the time to fixfriend's computers without having to travel to them."
Some info was for you, this was for me. Learning :)
Seriously, I didn't even know its possible!! Thanks, thanks a lot!
Again, one problem. The max internet speed I have is 32kbps, I am not sure if Teamviewer works in it. Any lightweight alternatives?


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#7
June 13, 2016 at 06:55:11
I've began experimenting with Linux after M$ released the Windows Vista beta. I hated Vista & wanted an alternative. I've been using Linux on & off for over 10 years now. I tried dozens of different distros but my 2 current favorites are Mint & Zorin. I'm a fan of the Xfce desktop environment; currently running Zorin Lite on my laptop.

About flash - Adobe abandoned Linux several years ago. Notice that if you go to their site, the last version offered for Linux is 11.2.

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/o...

The workaround is pepper flash which was developed by & for Chrome. I don't use Chrome because of its spying/privacy issues. I prefer Firefox but Mozilla doesn't want to support pepper for Firefox. Some members of the Linux community developed the fresh player plug-in which allows pepper to work with Firefox but I haven't tried it. If I encounter a problem where flash is needed, I just switch over to one of my Windows based computers.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2993...


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#8
June 13, 2016 at 10:46:46
http://distrowatch.com/ for all Linux distros

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#9
June 13, 2016 at 11:08:59
"I don't use Chrome because of its spying/privacy issues"
What the.... I've been using Chrome my entire life!!
Okay so we're getting off topic. Her PC is running well with Kubuntu, and graphics card and HD sounds are supporting from the start.
riider, if you like, you can tell about the Chrome's privacy issues (or maybe post a link), I'm curious. If its damn great I'll switch to Midori (Linux). I seldom use internet from Windows (security issues I hate it when all my data is used up in the background)

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#10
June 13, 2016 at 12:27:26
Here's a couple links to wet your appetite. There's plenty more out there if you care to search further.

https://theamericangenius.com/tech-...

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/6...

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#11
June 13, 2016 at 19:09:03
Thanks! okay, thread is closed.

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