On Mon, 30 May 2016 05:06:39 PM Andrew Pam via luv-main wrote:
On 30/05/16 16:56, Michele Bert via luv-main wrote:
By the way do anyone have suggestion about a nice
could install on that laptop?
I believe Ubuntu has stopped supporting non-PAE processors, which is why
I switched to Debian on one of my older laptops. Debian supports LXDE
just fine - you can even get an LXDE Debian install image:
Ubuntu is based on Debian and uses the same package management system.
There's nothing stopping you from installing a Debian kernel on an Ubuntu
system. You can configure apt repositories to have different priorities and
have a Debian repository used for the kernel packages.
Note that non-PAE CPU support looks like being dropped
for Debian 9, so
you'll probably want to retire that machine once Debian 8 is no longer
supported in a few years time.
Debian user-space usually works with kernels from the previous and the next
release. For the things I work on I always try to make that work. There have
been some exceptions (like udev and systemd depending on new kernel features
in some versions and adding the "file:open" permission to SE Linux) but it's
most likely that Debian 9 will work with a Debian 8 kernel and it's possible
that Debian 10 will work with a Debian 8 kernel.
You can cross-upgrade from Ubuntu to Debian as many packages have similar
version numbers, but that might be too inconvenient for you. A reinstall to
Debian might be best.
Also Debian does work well with a Fedora or CentOS kernel. It is a little
more effort to set it up so you might not want to do it. But it's technically
possible if that gives you the best result. I've done it before.
Different distributions have different policies about backporting features and
supporting old versions. CentOS has a longer support cycle so it might be an
option to use a CentOS kernel with Debian.
As an aside I've talked to a client about retiring some non-PAE systems at
some future time because CentOS is unsuitable and we don't want to support
mixed OS systems. We are talking about a replacement cost of $50K for those
systems which will probably happen a couple of years after Debian 8 support is
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