Leosghost - 2:32 pm on May 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
I tried putting linux on an old Windoze box and it didn't run much faster than windows. My though was that a linux based laptop or desktop might run faster and be cheaper than a windows box.
Depends on the linux distro that you want to run..
Win7 will run like a dog on 2 gigs of ram ( unless you "lighten" it <= not for the faint hearted, but can be done with vlite, as win 7 is basically vista done right )..the major linux distros have all succumbed to the same bloat as windows, just not to the same degree..
To get something that will run fast..on not much RAM the best thing is to go for a distro that is a LTS ( long term support version), try mint maya ( looks and feels nearest to windows ( xp ) for those coming from windows ) or debian wheezy..
I'm posting this from maya 64 ( it exists in 86 and 64 )..and 4 gigs RAM..it is fast and I have well over over 100 tabs open in Opera ( which at that figure, eats most of my RAM ) ..the 86 version is if anything a little bit faster on the same machine..but I have some things that I run as 64, so installed the 64 bit version..
I haven't tried wheezy..I know some who have..I'm told it runs about the same speed as maya on the same box with the same config..
I don't like what happened to ubuntu ( and it was slower ) ..you could also look at BSD ..or CentOS..
This is the machine that I use to connect to my sites and make uploads , downloads etc..I have never experienced "cobwebs" using it ..:)
My winboxen ( win 7 64 ultis ) are air gapped from the net..and each has dedicated tasks ..dev or photo etc ..