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Needs some (noob) help with choosing which Linux to use
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:20:20 pm »
Hi,

I hope someone can help me to start off in the right direction, choosing just one or a few Linux distributions that I will explore. I work with sound art, music, audio and I also live stream. Obviously I am shooting I bit in the dark so I am very grateful if someone at least can suggest where I should be asking.

I am setting up Linux on two old desktops and if I get it to work also on an even older laptop. Desktops has Intel core duo, 2gb ram and 150gb HD. Laptop is a pentium M, 2006.

I am choosing between Mint versions or Ubuntu, 32 bit or 64 bit. If it is a good idea I could have several OS on each computer.

Desktop one would be used mainly as an always on streaming  computer using OBS studio software. I may add some audio recording software too. And maybe simple video editing.

Desktop two would be a experimental audio machine. Main software would be PureData and some other sound synthesis software. I may put Windows xp on it too to be able to use some old software.

Laptop I can wait with for now, but it will have xp in it also.

I hope to choose a Linux version that will allow me to use as much recources I can from the old hardware without having to spend many hours on finding custom solutions just to make it work. Then I rather sacrifice a bit of power to be able to spend less time tweaking Linux. See what I mean?

Thanks!

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Re: Needs some (noob) help with choosing which Linux to use
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2019, 09:26:23 pm »
Peppermint 10 would be my suggestion.
https://peppermintos.com

Based on Ubuntu 18.04 (as is Mint) so supported until 2023, but lighter than both Ubuntu and Mint.

I should admit at this point that I'm the team lead at Peppermint, so make of that what you will ;)



After Peppermint I'd probably go for Xubuntu or Mint Xfce .. in other words the Xfce versions of Ubuntu and Mint.
(both of which will be lighter than the main versions with Gnome and Cinnamon)

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Re: Needs some (noob) help with choosing which Linux to use
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2019, 09:40:00 am »
Hi,

thanks a lot for the reply!

I will digest this and maybe return with some more questions.

Would you suggest a 32 bit or 64 bit system with the hardware I have?

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Re: Needs some (noob) help with choosing which Linux to use
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 11:21:56 am »
64bit

Both the Core2Duo and the Pentium M are 64bit processors, and 32bity is disappearing in the Linux world quickly .. there are a lot of apps that are now 64bit only, for example Chrome.....

If on the other hand that is a CoreDuo (not a Core2Duo) it might require 32bit.

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Basically try a 64bit ISO first .. if it'll boot, install it .. if it won't boot, try the 32bit ISO.
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