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    What os should i choose

    i have a old netbook only has 1 gig of ram and a 1.2 ghz atom cpu 250 gb hardrive i need a os that will run decently on

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    windows XP home
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    Win XP will no longer be supported by MS after 4/18/2014. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ucts/lifecycle

    I'd check into Linux distros that feature LXDE (Lightweight Desktop Environment) like Lubuntu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Win XP will no longer be supported by MS after 4/18/2014. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ucts/lifecycle

    I'd check into Linux distros that feature LXDE (Lightweight Desktop Environment) like Lubuntu.
    thought about that or puppy but i worry puppy aint secure

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    windows XP home
    Win 7 is arguably as good as XP, or near enough.

    But to the OP, the question seems to maybe be Chrome OS, Windows of some flavor or Mac OS. I added Chrome as you have a netbook so maybe want the same sized unit with a more modern OS ?, thus a ChromeBook may be an option - IF you have full time and reliable internet.

    I'm shy of totally cloud based solutions and went with a Win 7 Lenovo 15.4" screen laptop for about $400 for 6 gig, 350 gig HD. I will skip Win 8, even the 8.1 version. Win 7 machines though, are getting harder and harder to find and had I won the lotto I would have gone MacBook Pro for about $1200.

    Even though I've used various flavors of Windows back to '95 as well as DOS, I think the Mac OS and product in general is superior.

    So the real question is how deep is your pocket ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    Win 7 is arguably as good as XP, or near enough.

    But to the OP, the question seems to maybe be Chrome OS, Windows of some flavor or Mac OS. I added Chrome as you have a netbook so maybe want the same sized unit with a more modern OS ?, thus a ChromeBook may be an option - IF you have full time and reliable internet.

    I'm shy of totally cloud based solutions and went with a Win 7 Lenovo 15.4" screen laptop for about $400 for 6 gig, 350 gig HD. I will skip Win 8, even the 8.1 version. Win 7 machines though, are getting harder and harder to find and had I won the lotto I would have gone MacBook Pro for about $1200.

    Even though I've used various flavors of Windows back to '95 as well as DOS, I think the Mac OS and product in general is superior.

    So the real question is how deep is your pocket ?.
    shalow since i already bought the netbook and payed 135(way to much) it has win 7 starter but i assume it will be slow i did a factory refresh from the hardrive and installing updates now man there are so many updates

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    On the 2 Win 7 laptops I purchased in June and Sept., I probably spend 3 full days initially, dealing with the 100 + updates MS pushed to the 2 machines.

    I quickly discovered not to attempt more then about 8 at a time, else the update would fail. It was a royal PITA and so totally not necessary but oh so very Microsoft.

    Versus my wife's iPhone 4S, which went from v5 to v7.01 in one 20 minute step, backing itself up in the process, no issues, no bullsh__t.

    Now I know that a smartphone is not a "real" computer, but obviously Apple has this figured out where Microsoft never has.

    Rant over.

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    I'd say go shop Goodwill for a netbook with more bottom to it.

    I'm slowly getting over my hate 4 '8' but yer netbook wouldn't come close to supporting it.

    Why do you think the Linux isn't secure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I'd say go shop Goodwill for a netbook with more bottom to it.

    I'm slowly getting over my hate 4 '8' but yer netbook wouldn't come close to supporting it.

    Why do you think the Linux isn't secure?
    i feel that puppy linux isnt safe since its uses alot of older apps

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Win XP will no longer be supported by MS after 4/18/2014. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ucts/lifecycle
    What significant difference will that make to a casual user satisfied with the software programs supported by XP, who is not a click happy fool on the Internet, and who uses a free anti virus software like AVG, Avast or some other virus software? http://freebies.about.com/od/compute...-antivirus.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i feel that puppy linux isnt safe since its uses alot of older apps
    I don't know much about Windows, but Linux is at least open source and you have greater control over the operating system as well as most of the apps that run on it.

    I use Kubuntu (KDE version of Ubuntu) both at home and at work. I've never had any of my Linux computers infected by viruses of any sort since I started using Linux 11 years ago. Linux is very stable, too. I have no need to reboot except when I update the kernel.
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    the reason i suggested XP Home was because of the specs of the computer. It could probably run Windows 7, but, XP would run better.

    XP being unsupported by MS next year really isn't going to be a huge problem. As long as he's got all the updates to when they stop putting out patches and updates, he shouldn't have a problem. Keep adware and anti-virus software up to date, there won't be a problem. Since it's an older computer I'm guessing its not going to be used for a main, do-everything powerhouse computer. It's going to be a decent clunker that he'll use on the road, or on the couch, or maybe even has a simple media server for the house. None of this matters with MS cutting of support.

    And remember cutting off support just means no more patches and updates, and you can't call them for questions. the OS doesn't just shut off or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    the reason i suggested XP Home was because of the specs of the computer. It could probably run Windows 7, but, XP would run better.
    With 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz CPU, I'd venture to guess Linux would run better on it than Windows XP.
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    i tried to add more memory but it didnt see my 4 gig ddr 3 strip im going to try to trade the strip for a 2 gig strip

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    Windows 7, people were able to run it on ancient hardware and said it actually ran better than Xp. Often you just need more RAM to get things smoothly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    Windows 7, people were able to run it on ancient hardware and said it actually ran better than Xp. Often you just need more RAM to get things smoothly
    You can most probably run Linux smoothly on the OP's machine without extra RAM...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    XP being unsupported by MS next year really isn't going to be a huge problem. As long as he's got all the updates to when they stop putting out patches and updates, he shouldn't have a problem. Keep adware and anti-virus software up to date, there won't be a problem. Since it's an older computer I'm guessing its not going to be used for a main, do-everything powerhouse computer. It's going to be a decent clunker that he'll use on the road, or on the couch, or maybe even has a simple media server for the house. None of this matters with MS cutting of support.

    And remember cutting off support just means no more patches and updates, and you can't call them for questions. the OS doesn't just shut off or anything.
    Thanks for the info. That is what I thought about the relative insignificance of loss of support for the home or individual user. Seems to be more of a marketing ploy.

    I have 3 computers that have XP, and have no problems with them. I also use Office 2000 on all three. It is long since "not supported" and works fine too, still has menus, and my Word macros written way back in Word 2 and Word 97 still work as intended. No dang ribbon either. The heck with being "supported"; haven't found a need to ever call Microsoft for support even when I was graced with their "support."

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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    You can most probably run Linux smoothly on the OP's machine without extra RAM...
    and you think someone who has to ask which OS would be best is going to be comfortable using linux?

    definitely put some more ram in there though.

    OP you can go to http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx to figure out what kind of ram you need and how much you can put in there.
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    Our machines get security scanned here, regardless of OS, and the Linux and Mac OS machines have less vulnerabilities.

    I would put in a vote for Lubuntu. Should be pretty familiar for an XP user and easy on the hardware.
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    I hear windows 95 was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    I hear windows 95 was awesome.
    the best. my favorite part was switching to DOS to run some games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robble View Post
    and you think someone who has to ask which OS would be best is going to be comfortable using linux?
    You may have an outdated view of the ease of use with Linux. Or do you have any specific area where Linux is still hard to use compared to Windows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    You may have an outdated view of the ease of use with Linux. Or do you have any specific area where Linux is still hard to use compared to Windows?
    Perhaps I do. Has it really gotten that much easier? Plug and play drivers for almost anything you'd connect? Adding a new hard drive simple? It has been several years since I messed with it.
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    using lubuntu now its ok. i do wish i got a beter laptop but i didnt want to spend to much and i wanted it real portable

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    i do like how it only uses around 8 watts so at least it aint a old pentium 4 cpu lol them things loved watts

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