2009/9/22 Samuel Douglas <sam.douglas32(a)gmail.com>om>:
That was kind of my point. My Mum's laptop is an
old Celeron 733
laptop with 320MB of RAM. It has been running Ubuntu since 5.10 and
used to be quite usable. Now it is a slug. Websites -- even common
ones that everyday people go to -- are getting more and more bloated
more bloated. Things that people wanted to do 3 years ago worked fine
on that hardware, nowadays not so much. Even webmail services like
Gmail are noticeably taxing on old systems like that.
OK. I would guess Ubuntu would be struggling with 320MB RAM now.
With that configuration, you are now in "restricted" territory.
You'll have to do some experimentation to get something that's a good
fit - and compromise on what can and can't be done. There's many
possibilities ... Xubuntu, Crunchbang, Mepis Lite, Linpus Lite, Antix,
Puppy, to name a few.
I've just been asked to set up an older laptop, running Windows XP,
for a novice user "for email". Problem is, only 192MB of system
memory. My guess is that once it has been updated, XP will run very
slowly. One solution may be to use Puppy.
In the past I have set up older systems with 384MB+ RAM and running
Ubuntu for novice and technophobic users who couldn't afford to buy a
new(er) computer. I regard the outcome as successful because this is
the sort of user who can very easily "get into trouble" when using an
MS system - seen too much of that!
With regard to Gmail, I'd agree it does appear to generate a lot of
traffic. The "basic html" version is one way around that problem, but
you do lose some functionality.