Beginner friendly distro for 2GB RAM 32GB EMCC storage Dell notebook.

balloonshark

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I have an old Dell Inspiron i3162-0000BLU 11.6″ Laptop with a Intel Celeron N3050, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. Can you recommend a light and easy to use distro that would allow web browsing and perhaps other light tasks?
 

lxskllr

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BunsenLabs is fairly light and fairly easy. It's basically debian stable with a customized openbox desktop. For all intents and purposes, you'd be running debian. You could go lighter with something like PuppyLinux, but at that point, things are getting a little more non standard. "Lightness" has a cost. Ease of use is sometimes one of the casualties, as well as visual appeal. It's certainly worth a try to see what you think.
 
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Shmee

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PuppyLinux I know is good, also could go with Lubuntu.
 
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lxskllr

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I wasn't real impressed with lubuntu when I tried it last year. Switching to qt made it feel heavier. It felt like plasma without the features. I didn't measure or test anything, so it could very well be me, but I didn't care for it.
 

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Memory is cheap. Upgrade machine's RAM first. Then you can have more options.

Linux Mint is many people's choice. Looks pretty, performs well.
 

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Memory is cheap. Upgrade machine's RAM first. Then you can have more options.

Linux Mint is many people's choice. Looks pretty, performs well.
That's the problem on those low-end Atom-based netbook / "cloudbook" laptops, the RAM and storage (usually eMMC) is usually soldered directly to the board and non-replaceable.
 

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mxnerd

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Try Raspberry Pi for Desktop. require 8GB disk only. Does not say how much memory required though. Guess it's low.


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2nd video uses 2GB RAM VM



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Tested myself in a 2GB memory VM

With 2 Chromium instances, one CNN and one Foxnews, Libreoffice Calc open.
 

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