Some time ago, I was given some old Dell laptops. Out of three I managed to get one going and put Ubuntu Linux on it. It was in June and I grabbed it to go to the Apostolic Summit to give it a test run to see if it was any good as a portable device.
I discovered it was as slow as anything, and when we tried to connect it to the internet it just wouldn't connect. Under the pressure of being at a conference, it was too hard to think straight while I was away, and I'm not familiar enough with Ubuntu to have things click in my head. Yesterday I thought about the issue, and realised I needed to sort out the network connection and it took about a minute to find the internet and get going.
I spent a few hours yesterday tweaking the laptop and I managed to get a good system out of it.
One of the frustrations I found was using synaptic to update and/or install was slower than a wet week then I remembered the console and good old apt-get 🙂 "apt-get install" followed by package name just solved all the dependency issues straight off.
Firstly I installed the Xfce4 window system and got rid of gnome. I like gnome, but on this machine, it just uses far too much RAM.
I also installed Abiword to use in preference to Open Office.
I was going to use Epiphany, thinking it might be faster than Firefox- it took over a minute to start Epiphany, compared with 30 seconds for Firefox. i haven't tried Opera yet, but I might just give it a go- if it's no slower than FF it would definitely be my preferred browser.
Sylpheed was the clear preference for light-weight email client.
So now I'm ready for my trip to Myanmar and India in October. Just need to sort out the minor issues such as visas and vaccinations. :ko: