Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, OS Elementary – which is best?

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.

 

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