Bodhi on 10 year old HP dm1 Sept 14, 2020 15:24:58 GMT Hippytaff, ylee, and 1 more like this
Post by majpooper on Sept 14, 2020 15:24:58 GMT
I have installed linux for several family and friends - usually Mint - but a few times the systems have been old and resource challenged. I have never found a really good OS for those older systems until now that I have been using Bodhi Standard. This weekend I installed Bodhi on an old HP dm1 running a really under powered Pentium with 3Gib of RAM (that seemed like a strange amount so not sure if maybe some memory went bad ? ? ? ?) Anyway the install went well - very smooth - found the WiFi with no problem and no problems with the graphics card or Bios issues - the usual hardware problems that crop up from time to time which really have nothing to do with the OS and are linux kernel/driver issues typically.
The system runs rather well. The user in this case is strictly point and click on the Desktop. I downloaded Chrome (their preference - I wouldn't go near Google with a ten foot pole). I put soft links on the Desktop to their ''home" folder (renamed pfmanfm) Documents, Downloads and Pictures. Renamed Abiword and gnumeric to Word and Excel (note I reconfigured Abiword to default to .doc) and put them on the Desktop as well. After all that they really liked the right click function on the Desktop to get their favorite applications. They still wanted the start button and shutdown button on the shelf . . . . .whatever - I suppose it is what the are used to.
I did a few tweaks that others may find useful:
Performance - I reduced swappiness to 10 and installed zRAM -
Utility - I installed gdebi and xarchiver (this was more for my convenience as the user probably will never use these tools)
Cosmetics - looking in Synaptic I found two nice Moksha modules; a digital clock (with date) module that I put on the Desktop (sized nicely and easier for the user to see). I also found a trash module to put on the Desktop that the user was used to. Last I used Windows 10 icons to give everything a modern up to date look.
It looks something like this VM (the HP actually has terminology in the shelf and the wallpaper is a family pic)