What Linux distro will run well on my computer?

Hans Christian Helling June 16, 2013
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I need a Linux distro that works well on my PC. I’ve tried Ubuntu and Mint 15,  but even when just watching YouTube, the performance is bad. This was originally a Windows 8 computer, it has the following hardware.

1.4 GHz AMD Dual Core E1-1200 prosessor
AMD Radeon HD 7310 (integrert)
4 GB RAM500 GB hard drive

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  1. Declan L
    July 1, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Try Xubuntu, or if you have more experience you could even try CrunchBang.

  2. Hojo_Wisconsin
    June 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    A good OS that is is pretty lightweight is Peppermint OS (currently up to version 4). It is also comparable to Mint/Ubuntu. Peppermint it to Mint as Lubuntu is to Ubuntu.

    http://peppermintos.com/

  3. adrian mores
    June 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Manjaro Linux should be fine for you. It uses the lightweight Xfce DE. It will detect the video card you're using and install the necessary drivers automatically.

    http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=manjaro

    I warn you though, you won't see 'sudo apt-get install' or 'sudo apt-get update' there but you will instead type 'sudo pacman -S' or 'sudo pacman -Syu'

  4. Junil Maharjan
    June 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

    The hardware looks great for any linux distro. if you are having trouble with ubuntu and mint then check solutions for them and if you want to try other distros then i would suggest fedora and opensuse.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      To me the RAM is alright but the processor is slow at 1.4 GHz. Maybe 'big' distros are not for him. I'd suggest lighter distro with lighter desktop environments. Good enough if he doesn't care for eyecandy.

  5. Bruce Epper
    June 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Your problem is most likely not with the distro itself, but with the desktop environment you are using. Try switching to a lightweight desktop like LXDE instead ('sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop' at the command line on Debian-basd distros like Ubuntu and Mint). After installing the desktop, log out and log back in selecting the Lubuntu (Ubuntu customized LXDE) or (standard) LXDE environment. (How you select your desktop when logging in varies based on distro and version.)

  6. Matt Smith
    June 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The problem may not be with the operating system. The processor in your computer is notoriously slow, so it may have trouble playing YouTube videos smoothly, particularly at HD resolutions. In other words, I think you may be out of luck.

  7. dragonmouth
    June 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    What is the computer going to be mainly used for?
    What is the level of your Linux expertise?

    Distrowatch.com lists over 300 different distributions. About 50 of them are Ubuntu based which you may not be your cup of tea. (You already used two of them - Ubuntu and Mint)

    For a light distro I would recommend Damn Small Linux, Puppy, Kwort.
    If you are familiar with Linux, I would suggest antiX or siduction. They are highly configurable and can be made to run quite quickly.

  8. ha14
    June 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Installation/SystemRequirements
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements
    1.700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)

    The Best Linux Distros
    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-linux-distributions

    Slow internet in linux mint 15? Help please
    http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=135742

    Disable hardware acceleration for Flash player
    1.Right-click on the on the video you’re having issues with
    2.Click Settings
    3.Uncheck Enable hardware acceleration
    4) restart

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