Wunderbar98 Posted November 13, 2021 Author Share Posted November 13, 2021 Hi @Gansangriff. Just trying to clarify misconceptions and help out. Every user runs what they want but when i see hundreds of forum members attempting to keep expired >10 year old (operating) systems alive, seems prudent to find alternatives. If my effort keeps a few systems out of landfill that's good and recycling doesn't do a full and proper job either. GNU/Linux uses less energy, again it would depend how it's configured. My basic window manager (not Desktop Environment) systems are calm, Windows XP tends to thrash more even after leaning out services. With Windows installs, most energy is spent trying to minimize services and bloat. In GNU/Linux i do a netinstall, bare bones minimum to get a text boot, then hand pick packages, very lean. There are users here complaining about poor GNU/Linux performance, then it's discovered they run fully loaded Ubuntu or Mint or use heavy Desktop Environments like Gnome or KDE. If you consider yourself intermediate or expert, do yourself a favour and trial a minimal, lean GNU/Linux install with only a Window Manager, the performance rewards are worth the effort. The system is modular, you can still pull in your favourite applications. There is no 'luck' with hardware, computers are concrete and follow instructions. A Debian-based distribution is recommended for the vast number of pre-compiled packages. There are differences in package 'packaging' but anyway based on Wiki link below, Slackware or Slitaz has 2000 - 3000 packages compared to almost 90,000 in Debian. Unless you're an expert, getting hardware running in Slackware will be more difficult. If you're a new GNU/Linux user, don't set yourself up for failure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions#Package_management_and_installation In Debian-based, 'Synaptic' is a good GUI for querying repositories for packages or adding repositories, such as non-free, in case non-free drivers are required for your particular hardware. Old or new hardware doesn't matter, most anything more than one year old should work quite well. For the record, Debian-based installs here on any system have never failed in over 15 years. At present this house has 6 Debian-based systems running modern GNU/Linux (Fluxbox, Openbox, LXDE, MATE), 5 of them multi-boot old Windows, ranging from 2000 - 2010 era. The hardware (drivers) work fine on all 6 installs, including ethernet, wifi, touchpad, sound, graphics. Setting up two new systems in the last three years, it was necessary to swap out one graphic card (GNU/Linux issue) and two network cards (Windows 98 and 2000 issues). The double-standard with drivers is perplexing. Windows users complain when a network or graphic card needs to get swapped. Yet it's business as usual when their entire hardware setup needs upgrading (replacing) every 3-5 years to run updated Windows. For example, i have a 2009 era netbook that runs modern GNU/Linux fine. There are only official drivers for Windows XP. If i were a Windows-only user i couldn't run Windows 9x on the hardware and may have 'upgraded' (replaced) the hardware up to 4 times to keep running latest Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10). So when Windows XP expired did i have a 'driver problem'? Of course yes, every component on the system is now considerd by Windows to be obsolete (motherboard, graphics, sound, wifi, ethernet, etc). Do users complain, maybe but most just go shopping. Having to swap out a single component, like a network or graphic card is trivial in comparison. It's like getting a free car as a gift then complaining that a punctured tire needed to be replaced - no gratitude. Here LibreOffice v6 (2018) runs fine in modern GNU/Linux on the same old hardware (800 MHz) that runs Windows 98. There is no delay in keystrokes and tasks like cut/paste work fine. Of course it runs heavier than Word 97, it's more than 20 years newer, more added features (and bloat) and is an entire office suite. Personally i usually open *.doc files in Pluma but sometimes a full featured editor or spreadsheet application is needed. Using the same 20 year spread, i could state 'DOS uses less memory than Windows 10', but hey. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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