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RE: Looks like i am joining the Linux Gang...

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Ubuntu is a very good all-round distro, a bit heavy on the UI side, but that may not be an issue if your "old" laptop is modern enough. Excellent for software development.

If you want to try a blazing fast distro that actually works on Very Old Hardware, have a look at Q4OS (https://q4os.org/): it's based on Debian and, besides mainstream desktop environments, it runs TDE - a fork of KDE3 that is actively maintained and is extremely light on resources. I use in on a 2003 Compaq Presario powered by by an Athlon XP-M with 1.5GB RAM, and yet it is perfectly usable.

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There are loads of offerings Dam Small Linux DSL for example. The problem with some of these lighter distro's is "What you gain on the swings you lose on the roundabouts" so for example, I agree with you on Ubuntu, it's fairly easy and straight forward to use however some of the lower footprint offerings require a bit more knowledge to modify and maintain. XFCE for example is very light but is not a Wizard centric as Ubuntu.


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I think this computer is around 5-6 years old, and it is a mini laptop with an Intel Atom processor and 4gb of memory.

So far so good. There is a few hiccups when some programs are processing, but overall it is working fine.

I think I will eventually try this Q4OS, mostly because the main reason is to run some trading bots (hummingbot to be more specific), but it ends up being an opportunity to jumpstart my old desire to start learning python.