Tip for mini and old PC users – Avoid Confusion

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      There seems to be a lot of confusion here about which Distro – OS to use on mini or old PCs and how to set it up?
      Surely a quick search of the web will provide a shedload of information? I first visit the well known trusted sources before the rest.

      My great niece – or my sister’s grandchild – who has recently started in cybersecurity work for a global player after graduating in computing and Physics, sponsored throughout by same. I discovered that while she was still at school that she thought maths – mathematics – was fun…!!! 🙂 and was interested in programming.
      I bought her a Raspberry Pi as a Xmas present – not even knowing what it was, other than an educational toy mini-pc. At uni they use CentOS in the computer labs so it is of no surprise to me that she is running, for some years now, CentOS on her latest Raspberry Pi.

      IMHO: As with me – for her there is no confusion – for those here who are still a little confused or unsure could I suggest you take a look here…



      Again IMHO – and that of – Quote: Today Raspberry Pi OS comes with the PIXEL desktop (based on LXDE), which makes the Raspberry Pi usable as a daily desktop computer.


      As if..? 🙂 Many Pi users were quite upset when this downturn in performance was introduced and reverted to use original LXDE for superior performance born of efficiency.

      Like 79MiB being displayed on AntiX LXDE desktop by HTop 🙂 on a 1G laptop 🙂

      Almost tempted to buy a Pi myself – that one built into the keyboard should save some clutter and suit me just fine 🙂

      However for those still struggling with their mini or old pc – IMHO it would be much better to give that Heavy Xfce a miss and go for much lighter LXDE desktop. Such a pity that Xfce has become more bloated year on year to become little different from MATE, KDE or even Gnome.


      Quote: LXDE vs. XFCE System Resource Efficiency – This is where I really begin to see the differences between these two systems. In a fresh boot, CPU usage is the same at around 1 percent, but LXDE uses a paltry 219 MB RAM, whereas XFCE uses 465 MB RAM. This is a huge deal for those users with very limited RAM. Older laptops with 2 or 4 GB RAM need to make every MB of RAM count, even on the order of a few hundred MB. If you have a particularly limited system, you may want to choose LXDE.
      He continues – Quote: If you have a system that can’t seem to run smoothly no matter what you do, or if you feel like you’re leaving performance on the table when you load up a heavier Desktop Environment, LXDE is for you. There’s a reason that Raspberry Pi OS uses LXDE for its desktop, and why it runs so well.

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      I take things a stage further, and then some 🙂 Some get very upset when I use AutoSport or in particular Team Lotus as an analogy so I will desist here; Sob Sob. How about considering your struggling pc or laptop as a ship that is sinking – OMG. 🙂 I take the obvious solution – rapidly throwing unnecessary stuff overboard whilst others panic jumping overboard grasping at planks of status quo and join many, many others in the abyss at Davy Jones’s locker 🙂

      Hope for some the fog of confusion has been lifted?


        I suppose that those seasoned members of this forum, mods and admin know where this AntiX LXDE video still comes from..?

        It inspires me to carry on further – trust that they are genuine – I have no reason to doubt as the video was being recorded he fired up HTop live. I simply paused the video and took a screenshot….

        Take away 3.1 for HTop and we get 76.5MiB RAM used…

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          Others now regard the screenshot showing HTop is genuine…

          You can watch the YT video here made by Locos Por Linux or Linux Nuts or Nutters 🙂
          What a guy – whole series of vids with 20,000 subscribers


          Enjoy 🙂

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