Which Linux to put on Win7 laptop?

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Which Linux to put on Win7 laptop?

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Decided this Dell needs to get is Win7 erased 'cause heck, they're not even supporting Win10 anymore.

I've only ever used this thing for watching videos on the Internet, cruising the Web, etc. Which distro do I install?

Note I've never quite gotten the hang of Linux. Is there a distro out there that mimicks MacOS?

My dad is saying just do Mint Cinnamon. Is good?

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This looks nice:

https://elementary.io

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Specs of the laptop would be useful

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Yup. If it's a Core2 class machine (before the introduction of the i series), then I would suggest MX Linux. If it's at least a second-gen i series system, with a decent amount of RAM, Mint Linux is pretty solid.

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I once tried to make a bootable linux USB flash drive and failed (only tried once, never tried again)

Recently I made one with Chrome OS Flex, and I was able to use present day internet on old core2 duo Macs, where the internet would barely work (OS X 10.6.8 hadn't had any browser updates for years)

https://chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex/

The thing is your basically limited to Chrome (or CHromium, actually) and doing everything online.

I really wanted to have it just in case, but I really haven't used it because I haven't needed to.

Here's my thread about it

viewtopic.php?t=28970

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Laptop is a Dell E6420 with Core i5 (apparently 2.5 Ghz?) and 4GB of RAM.

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If you can, up the RAM. Even 8GB will give a significantly more satisfactory experience than 4GB. I have an ancient Dell Inspiron 1720 (T7700 CPU) that actually runs decently well with 6GB, while I have seen much newer machines suck wind with less.

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Yeah, max out the RAM and the E6420 should run Mint Cinnamon quite nicely. I ran it on a similarly-specced Thinkpad.

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Yori wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 5:53 am

Yeah, max out the RAM and the E6420 should run Mint Cinnamon quite nicely. I ran it on a similarly-specced Thinkpad.

Mint // Cinnamon was going to be my recommendation. Best bang for your buck on older hardware.

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