Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

Here you can post a testimonial about why you like or love MEPIS. Include as much detail and info as you wish.
Message
Author
User avatar
uncle mark
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 5354
Age: 2015
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:42 pm

Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#1 Postby uncle mark » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:49 pm

A few weeks ago a discussion here prompted me to pull this old Dell 700MHz/512MB laptop out of the closet where it had been for at least a couple years and load it up with Kubuntu 11.10. Initially I was quite impressed, but over time found that Firefox was just too darn slow and there were random freezes and a few other niggles that took the luster off it.

Yesterday evening I loaded it up with M8. I'd forgotten just how nice and well polished M8 was. It also reminded me why I was as reluctant as I was to move to M11 as my workaday desktop install.

Of course, I'm not advocating that anyone use M8 as their default install, but for this situation, with decade old hardware, it's hard not to sing its praises. The install went flawlessly, wireless was detected and enabled out of the box, and setting up network printing was a piece of cake.

I've got a newer (but still pretty dated) P4-2.8GHz/1024MB laptop that runs M11 well, but I must say that strictly from a general gut feeling standpoint, this dinosaur is its equal, performancewise.

Pretty amazing, actually, to have something this old be made perfectly usable.
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MX-15 KDE, MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15

User avatar
lucky9
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 12233
Age: 70
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:54 am

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#2 Postby lucky9 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:44 pm

You're talking about the computer. Aren't you?
Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I think it is.
--Mark Twain

User avatar
uncle mark
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 5354
Age: 2015
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:42 pm

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#3 Postby uncle mark » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:49 pm

lucky9 wrote:You're talking about the computer. Aren't you?


Of course. The user is freaking useless.
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MX-15 KDE, MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15

User avatar
Leo
Forum Regular
Forum Regular
Posts: 209
Age: 59
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:25 am

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#4 Postby Leo » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:32 am

Heck, I still use M8, and hadn't installed either 8.5 or 11. It's kind of a combination of M8 working just fine and me being lazy. I keep telling myself I ought to put M11 on another hard drive and play with it, but I never do. Maybe I'll get around to it when 11.5 is released...

:needcoffee:

:lion:

Talk about useless...
There are exceptions to every rule...
and I know I'm exceptional... :lion2:
:linuxlove:
Linux user #415188
Linux machine #446574
Athlon 64 3400+, nVidia FX 5500, 2GB, MX-15

User avatar
joany
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 6107
Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:45 pm

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#5 Postby joany » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:16 pm

Leo wrote:Heck, I still use M8, and hadn't installed either 8.5 or 11. It's kind of a combination of M8 working just fine and me being lazy. I keep telling myself I ought to put M11 on another hard drive and play with it, but I never do. Maybe I'll get around to it when 11.5 is released...

:needcoffee:

:lion:

Talk about useless...

I share your sentiments. SM 8.0 and 8.5 have been as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar for me and everything runs just flawlessly on these platforms. SM 11 is also very good, but it's just not as stable as 8.x IMO (desktop settings tend not to stick, some peculiar video artifacts randomly make appearances on the desktop, Wine doesn't work well for some applications, and I was bitten by the fstab bug). Although these issues could probably be resolved with enough time and effort, I just don't see the point in struggling with them when I already have a system that works so well. Like you, I intend to install 11.5 when it's released and hope to see improvements.
MX-14; 3.12-0.bpo.1-686-pae kernel using 4GB RAM
2.4GHz AMD Athlon 4600+
NVidia GeForce 6150 LE; 304.121 Display Driver
You didn't slow down because you're old; you're old because you slowed down.

User avatar
uncle mark
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 5354
Age: 2015
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:42 pm

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#6 Postby uncle mark » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:23 pm

joany wrote:
Leo wrote:Heck, I still use M8, and hadn't installed either 8.5 or 11. It's kind of a combination of M8 working just fine and me being lazy...

I share your sentiments. SM 8.0 and 8.5 have been as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar for me and everything runs just flawlessly on these platforms [...] I already have a system that works so well. Like you, I intend to install 11.5 when it's released and hope to see improvements.


I tend to adopt every other release as my main platform: 6.5 --> 8.0 --> 11.0. I'll load up new releases on spare partitions and on my laptop to see what's new and shiny, but don't usually make a full transition without being pushed. My move from 6.5 to 8.0 came after a catastrophic hardware failure required me to start from scratch; I moved to M11 when I finally bit the bullet and did a long-overdue hardware upgrade across the board. I suspect I'll skip M11.5, and make a full transition to the next release afterwards, which will presumably come late this year or early next and be based on Wheezy.
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MX-15 KDE, MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15

User avatar
lucky9
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 12233
Age: 70
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:54 am

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#7 Postby lucky9 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:53 pm

I adopted an "If it works, use it." approach. Last version I didn't use was 6.0. It just didn't like my then brand new Intel 965-based motherboard. Before that I go back to the 2003.10 version.
Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I think it is.
--Mark Twain

User avatar
richb
Administrator
Posts: 12929
Age: 71
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:17 pm

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#8 Postby richb » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:09 pm

Warren releases it, I install and use it, every release since 2003.10.
Forum Rules
Guide - How to Ask for Help

Rich

Laptop: Acer V5-572G: Intel i5, 12 GIG mem, Intel graphics, SanDisk SSD, 256GB
Virtualbox: Win 7
Desktop: MX-15- 64, AMD A8 7600 FM2+ CPU R7 Graphics, fglrx driver, 16 GIG Mem. Samsung EVO SSD 250 GB

User avatar
uncle mark
Forum Veteran
Forum Veteran
Posts: 5354
Age: 2015
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:42 pm

Re: Hard to beat -- circa 2001 laptop runs like a new one

#9 Postby uncle mark » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:30 pm

Yeah, but we all know how you guys like livin' on the edge.
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MX-15 KDE, MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15


Return to “Testimonials”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest