Archive for April, 2017


If you have got a laptop which is gathering dust in the bottom of the wardrobe it is time to bring it out and install Linux on it.

The more memory your laptop has determines which version of Linux is suitable.

If your laptop has 1gig of RAM or less, you will have to install OS Elementary Luna or Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

If you have more than 1gig of RAM, you can install the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or OS Elementary Loki. This will allow you to install the latest version of the Chrome browser.

On an older machine with 1gig of RAM or less, OS Elementary Luna boots more quickly than Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

Lubuntu does not have desktop composition, which means windows can tear when you drag them.

Tip: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has the latest NVIDIA video drivers included, so it will work on most machines. OS Elementary, Lubuntu and Xubuntu only have the generic video driver, so you may get an error such as a blurred or flickering screen.

 

Increased performance with Ubuntu

OS Elementary downloads

Choose an older version (Freya) if you have a laptop with 1gig of RAM. If your laptop has 32 bit Windows, you can install OS Elementary 64 bit if your machine has a 64 bit processor. If your machine has a 32 bit processor, you can only use a download denoted ‘386’.

Windows Vista has had a bad press online. This was because it is not compatible with many programs written under Windows XP. However if you are using Vista on a machine will only has more modern software installed then it will be okay. Much software written for Windows 7,8,9,10 will install on Vista, so that’s a reason for keeping it.

If you have Vista should you upgrade to Wjndows 10? Probably not – your printer and scanner may no longer work. However your scanner will continue to work under Vista.

Check printer drivers,  camera software and so on for compatibility with Windows 10 before abandoning Vista.

Microsoft online support of Windows Vista was discontinued on 11th April 2017, This means no further updates and bug fixes will be downloaded automatically.  However this does not mean you cannot continue to use Vista. If you are dual booting with Linux you can use a more up to date browser than is available under Windows Vista.