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Single-core Intel Atom CPU: best adapted lightweight distros for this?

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m654321

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My Samsung netbook (single-core dual-threaded CPU N455@1.66GHz) listed in my signature below, runs too slowly with 64-bit LL 3 & 4 series to make this worthwhile. However, it's the same story with other 64-bit OSes, like Manjaro-xfce which is currently installed on it. Does anyone have any ideas on what distros would run smoothly with a single core Intel Atom CPU, like the one I have? Combing the internet, I  have seen Puppy Linux suggested, while others recommend a 32-bit xfce desktop system, even though it has a 64-bit architecture.

I was wondering what your thoughts were on this, here at the LL forum ...
Last Edit: August 06, 2019, 10:38:39 AM by m654321
64bit OS (32-bit on Samsung netbook) installed in Legacy mode on MBR-formatted SSDs (except pi which uses a micro SDHC card):
2017 - Raspberry pi 3B (4cores) ~ Arm710@1.2GHz - LibreElec, used for upgrading our Samsung TV (excellent for the task)  
2012 - Lenovo G580 2689 (2cores; 4threads] ~ i3-3110M@2.4GHz - LL3.8/Win8.1 dual-boot (LL working smoothly)
2011 - Samsung NP-N145 Plus (1core; 2threads) ~ Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz - LL 3.8 32-bit (64-bit too 'laggy')
2008 - Asus X71Q (2cores) ~ Intel T3200@2.0GHz - LL4.6/Win8.1 dual-boot, LL works fine with kernel 4.15
2007 - Dell Latitude D630 (2cores) ~ Intel T7100@1.8GHz - LL4.6, works well with kernel 4.4; 4.15 doesn't work
 


 

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I don't think this question belongs on this site. It is better placed on a generic site like Linux Questions. Discussing other distros here is somewhat disrespectful. I know this is not your intention, simply a minor slip.

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@m654321 ,

Perhaps this isn't an OS or processor problem.  I don't know how fast you expect things to be.  But perhaps you have a slow drive.  I wouldn't be surprised if your netbook has a 5400 RPM hard drive.  If so, consider upgrading it to 7200 RPM, or better yet consider upgrading it to a solid state drive (SSD).  See how fast Linux Lite runs on your single core, dual threaded PC then.
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