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winni

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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2019, 01:56:42 am »
Yes, but MISVs question was : Will it work with Pentium 4 hyperhtreading with 4GB memory and gfx card?

You have not answered to that question.

And definitly all this is subjective. So is mankind.

I worked with Slackware, Suse, Red Hat, Ubuntu, XUbuntu, Knoppix, Debian and a lot of Unixes - so I can't share your experience. So it is subjective!

But what about your prefered distros and old hardware? That was the question.

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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2019, 02:22:23 am »
LUbuntu makes sense, you might get away with Ubuntu Mate but probably not.  Lubuntu is not very pretty but works fine and probably is an easy learning curve if coming from an older windows.  I suggest you steer clear of RedHat based distros, their strict adherence to Gnome 3 and its rules is not helpful and G3 is way beyond your P4

Partition your disk with a separate /home directory, that makes it easy to to do a fresh install, use the long term releases (18.04 right now) unless you enjoy upgrading/reinstalling. Ubuntu Mate and LUbuntu are good for 3 years from memory.  Ubuntu has now dropped support for 32bit so if yours is a 32bit processor you will have issues beyond the life of 18.04.

Assuming you will be connected to the internet, be aware that an old, unsupported version of linux is not without risks.

At present, you can use the repository supplied FPC but you must install Lazarus from source, its easy and all documented on the wiki.

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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2019, 02:08:34 pm »
Hmm seems both ubuntu/manjaro ditching 32bit albeit I found https://manjaro32.org/

Anyhow - it seems like a dead bird to start try run 32bit OS now... I may ditch the idea of using my old P4 as a linux test machines for Lazarus Linux compilations.

I was leaning strongly towards xfce for speed / decent and simple ui

I guess I could still use xbunto latest 32bit and just get those 32bit packages available (can see steam hjelped made sure there was an extension of some 32bit beyond 19.10)

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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2019, 01:41:17 am »
If you still want to use an old 32bit computer, I suggest Debian. I have two 32bit HP/Compaq systems from around 2003 and Debian 10 installs just fine, preferably with XFCE or LXDE desktop. Some Debian based distros may also work, but more sophisticated stuff like multimedia may give problems (I'm not sure about that).

One Debian based distro that may be a bit easier to start with is MX Linux (current version 18). It has a i386 PAE flavor. I have experience with MX Linux 16 and 17. They have tons of tools that will make life easier. It also allows you to make a new live distro from your tuned system, either for back-up or to share with others.

If you really want a 386 OS, these are probably your best (stable) options.
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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2019, 08:22:02 am »
The Ubuntu 'friends', Mate, Lubuntu and Xubuntu version 18.04 will be supported until April 2021. And all include a 32bit system.

Thats a pretty life span IMHO.

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Re: Best/easiest distro for Lazarus coming from Windows (and Mac)
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2019, 11:58:33 am »
One thing I noticed on my Compaq Evo (2001-2003) is that Application.ProcessMessages hangs up the program. My workaround is to repaint controls where needed.
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