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    Linux or Windows 7?

    I've got an IBM X24 Laptop, which has a 1.13Ghz Pentium-M processor and 640MB Ram, just wondered whether anyone had experience of running Windows 7 on a similar spec and how well it worked?

    It's running XP at the moment which runs quite respectably.

    Any thoughts on Linux?

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    I have a similar IBM and was thinking of doing the same [Windows 7], so I'll wait to see what others tyhink first.

    I've run W7 on a system with ~900MB RAM, and it worked well, although the memory usage was up to around 80%. I can't imagine it being especially good on something with so little RAM. The OS is a bit laggy on my 2GHz Sempron system too, so a 1.3GHz Pentium M, it might be painfully slow.

    Still, this is what Norton Ghost and an external drive is for, isn't it? Take a backup of what you've got now, and try W7 out. It might work really nice. Linux though, that's going to be rubbish in any case, so don't bother with that. Not unless you don't like actually using your system to do things.

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    dxx;4546335

    I've run W7 on a system with ~900MB RAM, and it worked well, although the … I've run W7 on a system with ~900MB RAM, and it worked well, although the memory usage was up to around 80%. I can't imagine it being especially good on something with so little RAM. The OS is a bit laggy on my 2GHz Sempron system too, so a 1.3GHz Pentium M, it might be painfully slow.Still, this is what Norton Ghost and an external drive is for, isn't it? Take a backup of what you've got now, and try W7 out. It might work really nice. Linux though, that's going to be rubbish in any case, so don't bother with that. Not unless you don't like actually using your system to do things.



    Would prefer Windows TBH... Good suggestion about imaging and having a play just wanted to see if it was worthwhile before going to the effort. I might just install some of the extras to XP to get a bit of the look and feel of Vista but none of the bloat!

    I've got it installed on my Sammy NC10 , and it runs good imo. I think if you can run XP ok, then it should be fine. Try it

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    was expecting some support for Linux... :whistling:

    ditch Windows. Linux is the way forward. Windows may be more appealing due to it being....well...for the average user....but Linux is for everybody now.....I'd have to say tho, even if you were going to stick with windows, first rule regarding a new Windows operating system is....NEVER install the first release version as its full of bugs, security issues and every other reason not to install it as well.

    Always use the previous version of windows as it will have SP packs to fix the bugs and issues, whereas new versions wont have these straight away.....

    But, if its just a case of Windows or Linux.....then Linux gets my vote. And as Linux will work like lightening with much less RAM then its a win-win situation. :thumbsup:

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    Currently trying tinvista, runs pretty well if a little slow starting up...

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    StevenA2000_uk;4552861

    ditch Windows. Linux is the way forward. Windows may be more appealing … ditch Windows. Linux is the way forward. Windows may be more appealing due to it being....well...for the average user....but Linux is for everybody now.....I'd have to say tho, even if you were going to stick with windows, first rule regarding a new Windows operating system is....NEVER install the first release version as its full of bugs, security issues and every other reason not to install it as well.:



    Said with all the stupidity and lack of knowledge of a true Linux luddite

    Linux is still a very basic equation. Linux = windows - useability - compatibility. Not even sure why I'm arguing. Linux fanboys are unlike other groups on fanboys really - people hear their views, yet most of the time there are no real arguements - people just completely and utterly ignore their "advice".

    Anyway, as for the original question.... I'm running W7 on a Medion netbook. 1gb atom, 512 ram, integrated graphics.

    Works fine, works fast, and as for the first version of windows releases being buggy... well yeah vista was buggy! W7 beta is very stable, and I've found no bugs yet - but do make sure you get the mp3 fix.

    StevenA2000_uk;4552861

    Always use the previous version of windows as it will have SP packs to … Always use the previous version of windows as it will have SP packs to fix the bugs and issues, whereas new versions wont have these straight away.....



    Well thats just comical.

    StevenA2000_uk;4552861

    ditch Windows. Linux is the way forward. Windows may be more appealing … ditch Windows. Linux is the way forward. Windows may be more appealing due to it being....well...for the average user....but Linux is for everybody now.....



    Hasn't Linux been for "everybody" for several years now? Because I'm kinda curious as to when someone like me, who owns a Windows Mobile phone, syncs contacts with Outlook and uses MS Office for various tasks, uses MSN Messenger, plays the occasional game, writes software in VB, does the occasional photo edition work, produces and composes music with a myriad of VST plugins and virtual instruments, who watches a bit of iPlayer, and who usually likes to ignore all existance of the OS and just use the computer to do things, I wonder when Linux will in any shape or form be for me.

    As it is, it's still firmly for people who don't have jobs.

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    dxx;4609069

    Hasn't Linux been for "everybody" for several years now? Because I'm … Hasn't Linux been for "everybody" for several years now? Because I'm kinda curious as to when someone like me, who owns a Windows Mobile phone, syncs contacts with Outlook and uses MS Office for various tasks, uses MSN Messenger, plays the occasional game, writes software in VB, does the occasional photo edition work, produces and composes music with a myriad of VST plugins and virtual instruments, who watches a bit of iPlayer, and who usually likes to ignore all existance of the OS and just use the computer to do things, I wonder when Linux will in any shape or form be for me. As it is, it's still firmly for people who don't have jobs.


    Don't be silly dxx. You can do all of the above on Linux... just with less features and more hassle.

    Why on earth would you NOT want to use Linux? It's free remember. Did I mention WINE yet? its amazing! All your windows apps will work, just at half the speed, crashing every 20 seconds. Oh but that doesn't matter, as you can just open a terminal window and type in 40 lines of command line code until it installs itself again!!!!

    LINUX IS GREAT!1111!!1111ONEONE11

    vibeone;4609113

    Don't be silly dxx. You can do all of the above on Linux... just with … Don't be silly dxx. You can do all of the above on Linux... just with less features and more hassle.Why on earth would you NOT want to use Linux? It's free remember. Did I mention WINE yet? its amazing! All your windows apps will work, just at half the speed, crashing every 20 seconds. Oh but that doesn't matter, as you can just open a terminal window and type in 40 lines of command line code until it installs itself again!!!!LINUX IS GREAT!1111!!1111ONEONE11



    Really? Why didn't anyone ever tell me?! If it's as good as that and also free, I'm sold. I've been getting so tired of my computer just working properly lately and of being quite productive with it, this Linux thing sounds great.

    I don't normally enter into these childish OS wars, but seeing as vibeone and dxx have had their $0.02 i thought i might aswell add my opinion and hold up the FOSS side of things.

    Linux is free, and always will be free. In my experience, Linux is more secure, and hence doesn't require anti-spyware/virus programs that slow down your PC. It is also more stable. It can also run a lot of Windows apps through Wine, true, many of which will run at a reduced speed. Allot of apps actually run better than they do in Vista though.

    Theres also a wealth of free Linux software out there that replicates most of the Windows equivalents, and true although some of it is not upto scratch, some of it is a lot better. True, admin tasks can be easier in Windows, but theres also a whole lotta stuff thats easier in Linux (package managers anyone?) and you can usually solve any problem you like because its not locked down like Windows is.

    I've recently migrated my machine over from Windows and the only app i cant replicate in Linux is Windows Movie Maker, and i could probably find a decent alternative if i looked hard enough.

    Oh, and did i mention being able to run a lighter desktop environment to allow an up to date OS to be run on older hardware - shame you've gotta upgrade your PC every time a new Windows OS is released. Even MS admits to this - have a look at their crippled Netbook SKU for Win7 that lets you run 3 apps at a time:

    pcmag.com/art…asp

    Compare this with Open-Suse, an open source Linux distro that will soon allow you to build your own custom OS online by selecting all the free software and personalisation you want, right down to the desktop wallpaper, and then download it as an ISO:

    susestudio.com/

    Get real Microsoft, Linux is where the future is at.:thumbsup:

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