I recall in 2009, I had only a desktop for all my computing needs – a desktop bought in 2003 and post SP3 replace, struggled to run Windows XP, plagued with virus problems, slowness, and infrequently crashing. Every 2 months, I needed to re-set up Windows XP! I still persisted with XP, considering Linux was for the geeks and never my cup of tea.
Finally, in 2010 I gathered courage to check out Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and I used to be amazed by the pace and stability it rendered to my old pc. After that there was no trying back! I put in Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty” thereafter which carried out amazingly nicely on it. Now all of the 4 methods that I have, run on Linux solely!
Essentially what attracted me to Linux is its capability to run on low specs. Linux desktop was engaging in 2009 and 2010 (specially Ubuntu) but by no means near a Windows 7 or a Mac OS X. However, 2011-12 are, I feel, landmark years for Linux. The very best trying Linux desktops got here out of Ubuntu and Fedora/OpenSUSE stable during this part and virtually all Linux distros now look pretty much as good as any Windows or a Mac!
This week I experimented to seek out if these acclaimed Linux distros still retain their potential to perform on reasonable to low hardware. The concept got here up to look for a distro to change my Ubuntu 11.04 (whose help finish in Oct’12) in my desktop and netbook. I assumed, why not document my experiments and results. I covered 14 of the top 20 distros (from Distrowatch ranking) in this check.
Distros like Puppy is minimalistic and hence, not coated. CentOS I’ll cover it some day but overlooked for now. All Linux distros boot up and carry out flawlessly on the other two systems I have with Ivy bridge processors. They don’t seem to be particularly resource crunched and so, I’m not utilizing them for this experiment. The techniques used are undoubtedly not very low specs but might be termed as “restricted” resources.
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Both have dual boot with Windows XP and Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit. My idea is to seek out the most effective performing distro primarily based on reside boot after which to select one to put in. Needs to be a complete distro (and not a minimalistic one) with all essential applications to run and installable.
Ought to be very smooth to use, identical to Ubuntu 10.04 & 11.04 carried out, permitting me to multi-activity without creating undue stress on sources. I did these experiments over a week, making an attempt out 14 totally different newest distros. Except for OpenSUSE, I created stay USB utilizing UNetbootin after which dwell-boot it. OpenSUSE stay USB’s have been created utilizing SUSE Image author. Definitely, the best choice would have been to put in each of them on onerous disk after which try the efficiency. Many-a-instances Linux distros do not perform that effectively on live boot however are significantly better when installed.
But, given the constraints of time and resources, I took stay boot as an indication of the particular feel and performance and then select the very best choices. So, disclaimer of observations based mostly on dwell boot hooked up! Disclaimer: All the outcomes are primarily based on experiments I did with out making an attempt any extra fix to resolve the issues I confronted.