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    I need some help and have a few questions. If you have experience with it, can you whisper back
    TravisW and Grim Ryan know some

    My school laptop is breaking so i'm going to replace it with my fancier, slightly newer, home laptop.

    I'm thinking of bringing the older one home and installing linux on it with hopes to make it faster.

    It's a core 2 duo macbook from 2006 that won't run OS X 10.8. How likely is it that my performance will improve with a linux variant?

    It will mostly be used for music/movies (if there's a good iTunes equivalent), watching Bootleg Sessions and keeping up to date with the fixfixfix.

    Opinions? Should Can I try a virtual Linux first? Is this a dumb idea?You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    I'm not so much nerdy in this sense but my guess is you'll see a vast performance improvement, depending on which linux variant you choose, particularly if you're just using it as a media server. Unbuntu plus XBMC seems like a popular combination.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    ^^should can you talk to dustin, he might know. he uses linux and has a crazycomputerMust be awful, being so fluffy.
    Oh Yeah!You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    You should be able to download and burn an Ubuntu LiveCD, and then boot the computer from the CD. It will run from the CD and you can test everything without actually installing to the hard drive. I don't know anything about Macs so not sure how to make it boot from CD..
    Dood. If you're hoping to squeeze better performance out of a shitty computer with Linux, USE CRUNCHBANG

    Also I bow down to you for searching for "linux" before posting a new threadi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    If you go with Ubuntu, be sure to check google for information that is specific to the Intel MacBooks, since they use EFI instead of a standard PC BIOS during bootup. Maybe they made it "plug-and-play" in newer Ubuntu versions, but in the past, you needed to take a few additional measures to make it work.

    If you can find a LiveCD that works with EFI, try that first to see if you like it. Honestly, though, it's not all that different than what you'd expect from any OS. You get a web browser, some productivity software, some multimedia software, and so on. Note that it's not going to be the same as what you are used to, so try to keep expectations low.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013 edited
    Ubuntu is a poor decision for old hardware. It comes with a lot of unnecessary crap loaded in, much eye candy turned on, and even if you have a nice computer, the default interface is garbage.
    I'm going to recommend Xubuntu - a stripped down version of Ubuntu that ships with Xfce instead of Gnome. It is a lighter gui, which is good for old computers. Plus, the fact that Xubuntu is stripped down means that you'll have less garbage running at all times that is useless. Of course, you can install all that useless garbage if you'd like. Since it is still based on Ubuntu, you'll have an easy way to search for solutions to your problems (which, fwiw, is the only reason I recommend ubuntu ever).

    If you want to be a little less mainstream and a little more fixie-kid, you might try Crunchbang. It's a fantastically lightweight and stable distribution. Its built off Debian, and has widespread support and works well with most hardware. I'm not crazy about Openbox (Crunchbang's gui/window manager) but it does its job. I promise it will even show you porn.

    I swore I wouldn't get involved in this discussion, because I dont want to feel liable in any way for choices you make. But, I've typed this up, and I think its good advice, so I'll post it. IANYTS, etc etc.

    (I made that acronym up)ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
    YOU HAD ME AT FIXIE-KID AND PORNYou said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2013
    I forgot to list the downside to crunchbang - the internets are not very helpful when it gets weird (but it works nicely out of the box), so keep that in mind.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2013
    Thanks for your input on this,Tristan. I have been a little frustrated at how slowly Ubuntu runs on my little pos-but-still-useful netbook. I'll try crunchbang.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks