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The pc my daughter uses is over 10 years old.

On that pc is installed W.10 Home 21H1 which is starting to get overly heavy.
I've done some heavy optimization work that probably improved the use of the pc but didn't solve the problem.

I did some tests with Xubuntu, Lubuntu, LinuxLite.
In my opinion LinuxLite has surpassed the other distros for lightness.

In the next days I will install this distro in her pc.
Without dual-boot of course.

I hope the pc will be reborn to new life.

My daughter has already used a Linux distro when she was still a student.
But many years have passed since then.

 

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Ubuntu is rather bloated and got useless background junk (for me) like software updates that slows stuff down. Desktop does not matter it still feels like crawling

 

Devuan Linux with XCFE or Mate is my way to go. XCFE can run fast enough even on Pentium 3. Second good is Salix OS which is slackware without need to pull hairs when installing software.

 

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I had to change distro because my daughter's printer was not being recognized.
Probably because her HP printer is too new.

I have now installed Xubuntu 21.10.
The printer is recognized.:thumbup
 

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Xubuntu 21.10 (PC my daughter)
Strong password enabled
Quad9 DNS
UFW Firewall - enabled

Mozilla Firefox (latest version)

  • Changed the settings in about:config for best privacy and security.
  • HTTPS-only-mode enabled
  • DNS over HTTPS - Next DNS
  • DuckDuckGo set as search engine and homepage.

Extensions:

  • UBO - Hard Mode - with TLD by Kees1958
  • LocalCDN
  • Speed Dial [FVD]
  • VideoDownloadHelper

This is the security/privacy configuration I have set up.
I also did a basic hardening of Thunderbird.
For my daughter's needs it is more than sufficient.

Xubuntu 21.10 is much lighter and more responsive than W.10 21H1.:thumbup:yes::hello:

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  • 2 weeks later...

So, I've actually had the same issue with LinuxLite, I'm unable to get my HP printer to work - It will work with (both) ubuntu 16.04.6 (32bit) and lubuntu 18.04.5 (32bit), but they're getting long in the tooth and very vulnerable so I hardly ever use them.

Do you @Sampei.Nihira by chance know if Xubuntu comes in 32 bit and live DVD.

I've had some linux nightmares and now have 4 partitions that I'm stuck with from a bad linux installation, but oh well, I use em occasionally and they are small and I'm not upset. Part of the problem is my boot sector is already dual-boot for linux acronis recovery (when press f11 before windows) so it doesn't play nicely with others unless I disable that first.

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Yeah, so looks like 18 is the last live DVD for me :(

I'm going to be trying out some more linux builds this week in search of something that I can use on this old junker here as I'm looking to dual-boot or perhaps even keep acronis ... we'll see as I don't really need that partition - my version IS a live DVD. 

Searching for 32bit live DVD's try before I make my choice. 

Any ideas are appreicated. I have lots of "Bright Ideads" but I don't know that is such a good thing. Ha!

LinuxLite does work very well but I don't know how to write my own drivers for the HP Printer. 

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So, I've had my eyes on:

DistroWatch.com: Emmabuntüs
https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=emmabuntus

For quite some time now and I think it has everything I would enjoy ... such as recording software and music programs and I like the look overall. 

It shows as 2021-10-22 last updated and its for Beginners, as I would need to put on my thinking cap (which I purchased at the dollar store last year - red with 2 antennas on top ) and learn something new ... things get strange when I try to think. Haha! I've still not mastered the Rubik's Cube; but that's a different story ... =P

I've got a iso and will burn it tonight and give it a whirl tomorrw and will report back if it picks up the printer. 

Best wishes to all :)

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15 hours ago, XPerceniol said:

...I've got a iso and will burn it tonight and give it a whirl tomorrow and will report back if it picks up the printer.

Emmabuntüs was so slow on this computer. Bare in mind I"m also having hardware issues so that could be contributing to it. It didn't work well at all on this. I didn't take any screenshots but memory issues, warnings and errors. Of course, It doesn't help that I'm clueless ... ha-ha ...;)

Will keep searching I guess, but some distros are plain ugly to me, but that is just me and what do I know?! I mean well :angel

I feel as if I'm intruding upon this good mans thread so I'll likely make this may last posting in this one; but do want to wish @Sampei.Nihira well during this holidays season.

Well wishes to you and yours :)

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I had to replace Firefox with Chrome because my daughter complained about its slowness.

Test Spedometer 2.0 (Firefox) = 34.4

(Chrome) = 53.7

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New  security/privacy configuration:

Xubuntu 21.10 (PC my daughter)
Strong password enabled
Quad9 DNS
UFW Firewall - enabled

Google Chrome --disable-webgl

  • Javascript blocked for HTTP://*
  • Privacy Sandbox + FLoc disabled
  • Clears cookies and data from sites when you close
  • Search Engine and Home web-page DuckDuckGo
  • Always HTTPS
  • DNT enabled

Chrome://flags - Enabled:

  1. Anonymize local IPs exposed by WebRTC
  2. Block scripts loaded via document.write
  3. Strict Extension Isolation
  4. Strict-Origin-Isolation
  5. HTTPS-First Mode Setting
  6. Privacy Review


Extensions:

  • UBO - Hard Mode - with TLD by Kees1958
  • Decentraleyes
  • Trace - (Only enabled) - Google Header Removal + Alternate Error Page + Webform Autofill + SafeBrowsing Extended Reporting
  • Stream Recorder
  • VideoDownloadHelper
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