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What OS do I want on my laptop?

#1NyctalopiacPosted 8/30/2013 8:14:17 AM
Howdy. So here's the situation, I have this old as balls dell laptop. Right now it has XP on it and using it is a ****show of freezing, locking up, slowing down and dragging. I want to reformat it with as lightweight an operating system as I can get away with while still being able to do the crap I do on it. All I use this laptop for, and all I need, is an internet browser that at least allows multiple tabs and flash/shockwave/whatever, itunes, a torrent program and the ability to play video files.

Recommendation?
Thanks in advance.
#2phy2jshPosted 8/30/2013 8:17:09 AM
xp
#3ShubPosted 8/30/2013 8:17:37 AM
If you need iTunes because you have some Apple device that requires it, you're pretty much stuck with Windows or Mac OS, and since it's a Dell, well, you're stuck with Windows. What are the hardware specs on the laptop?
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#4Nyctalopiac(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 8:27:32 AM
Shub posted...
If you need iTunes because you have some Apple device that requires it, you're pretty much stuck with Windows or Mac OS, and since it's a Dell, well, you're stuck with Windows. What are the hardware specs on the laptop?


:/

Yeah, I need itunes for iphoning. Linux really doesn't do itunes?

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#5gastamanPosted 8/30/2013 8:30:18 AM(edited)
Nyctalopiac posted...
Linux really doesn't do itunes?


Apple doesn't do Linux.

Edit: I'd probably do Windows 7/8 32 Bit.
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#6Nyctalopiac(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 8:38:52 AM
god damn it. well, thanks
#7New LinkPosted 8/30/2013 8:43:39 AM(edited)
Nyctalopiac posted...
god damn it. well, thanks


Don't fret. Just because they don't have itunes doesn't mean you can't manager your iDevices. There are tons of applications built specifically for that. When I had an iPhone I used Rhythmbox to manage it, and it worked like a charm. My friend has an iPod touch, and she decided to use Armarok to manage it.

(edit: in case it's not obvious, those are linux music applications.)
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#8MasterDonGeroPosted 8/30/2013 10:12:54 AM
gastaman posted...
Nyctalopiac posted...
Linux really doesn't do itunes?


Apple doesn't do Linux.

Edit: I'd probably do Windows 7/8 32 Bit.


With 896 MB of RAM?
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#9gastamanPosted 8/30/2013 10:18:23 AM
MasterDonGero posted...
gastaman posted...
Nyctalopiac posted...
Linux really doesn't do itunes?


Apple doesn't do Linux.

Edit: I'd probably do Windows 7/8 32 Bit.


With 896 MB of RAM?


Yes.
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#10SinisterSlayPosted 8/30/2013 10:20:52 AM
Whoa, no way.
Best you could do is Windows XP.
Even Linux will struggle with that small amount of RAM. Except for a few distros designed to have a small foot print.
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