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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Your computer probably has 512MB, and it's showing 448MB of RAM available.  According to the Linux Mint blog, 512MB is the minimum amount required, so it would probably work.  You would almost assuredly have to use the 32 bit version and not 64 bit, though.   

To be honest, though, I hope someone with more experience with Mint will chime in on this, as I don't want to steer you the wrong way, have you try it, and find out that it doesn't work.  Mine has 1GB of RAM, and although it says 512MB of RAM is enough, I would like others' opinions.  

The processor is definitely good enough, for sure. 


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dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

Would it help to uninstall some things to make room?
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Do you mean make room so Linux Mint can fit?  Though you can install Linux Mint on the same hard drive as Windows and use it in a double boot configuration, it wouldn't really be ideal in this situation as there would be no reason to keep the XP.  It's quite a process to do it that way, as well.  In this case, installing the Linux Mint would completely wipe out everything that's on the hard drive, including Windows XP, for its installation, so there would be no reason to make any room for it. 

Really, though, Linux Mint, or even Ubuntu (another Linux based OS), is your only option with your desktop.  It's too old to run any other Windows OS, even Windows 7, so your options are very limited, unfortunately.  The Linux Mint suggestion was really only so you could continue to use that computer if you wanted to, as continuing to use it with XP is not ideal.  Even if you don't do any sensitive things with it, if you used to, it will still have that information in it that can be hacked.  That's why it's not even really a good idea to use it for non sensitive things, at this point.   But, if you are looking to do something with today's Windows OS, being either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, it's down to saving for a new computer.  Or, depending on how old your laptop is, you may even be able to upgrade that to a new Windows OS at some point. 


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dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

One last question. To download linux os, does it have to be done from my desktop since that is what I want to change? Or can I burn the dvd from my laptop then install on my desktop. I apologize for all the qusetions.
BirdDog
Assistant Professor

Re: Data usage

It is an ISO you can burn to a DVD: https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Be aware it is something like 1.5 GB in size.
dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

Thanks
Amanda
Moderator

Re: Data usage

DVD is best if you have a blank one and ability to make it.. I didnt here so I made a "live usb" which worked the same. And you can make it from any computer to answer that question. As far as memory goes, 512 is really on the low side. Does your current Windows XP take time to "warm up" when you turn it on and when you use the computer do you end up having to wait for folders/pictures/videos to open or wait a long time between clicking stuff and it actually happening? I noticed this issue on the XP I moved to Mint but to be fair the XP was in really bad, beat up shape. Like it had been used to test everything under the sun for years haha

Let it be known though that our status meter doesn't work with Linux... like Gabe said we only recommend it because its more secure. Jezra, our residential linux guru, did develop a working and good lookin' status meter for linux though! 

My honest opinion is if you can avoid using the desktop and aren't 100% confident moving into a Linux OS yourself, just unplug it and use the laptop until Black Friday/Cyber Monday comes around. It will be cheaper and more beneficial to you if you purchase a "family-style" computer from Wal-Mart or Amazon than trying to upgrade hardware and software one by one.  
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

No need to apologize for asking a question.  That's how we learn. 

You can download it to your laptop and burn it to the DVD.  Make sure that when you right click on the ISO (the file you downloaded), choose "Burn disc image".  It's important that the ISO be burned to the disk and not just copied. 

For your computer, I would go with 17.1 in Xfce, and in 32bit.  This is the leanest of the four flavors and will probably be the one that runs the best on your computer.  Plus, 17.1 is best for older computers.  Remember, though, once you install it, your Windows XP will be gone forever, though it's not really doing you any good right now, anyway.  LOL.  


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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Jezra, our residential linux guru, did develop a working and good lookin' status meter for linux though! 
That's who it is...Jezra.  I was trying to remember who it was that was the Linux guru. 

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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Jezra, our residential linux guru, did develop a working and good lookin' status meter for linux though! 
That's who it is...Jezra.  I was trying to remember who it was that was the Linux guru. 

Ryzen 5 3400G | MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX | 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 | XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe | Windows 10 Pro