I have an old Dell Inspiron Mini 1210 in a cupboard. The performances of the Atom based laptop or netbook have always been really dispointing even with Windows XP. To be precise the performances were OK but when I added an antivirus on top it was too much for this poor fellow.
So I started a quest to find a replacement OS. I’ve tried for a few months Ubuntu but performances were again too poor. Ubuntu is in a race with the latest OS like Windows and MacOS and its unity UI was too heavy.
It has been a little tricky to install as when you install Lubuntu from a USB key you get a dark screen because of the GMA500 video card which came along many netbooks.
I had to plug a VGA cable to an external display to get something on half the screen of my Inspiron.
Then the WiFi didn’t work as I needed to download the right proprietary driver from the Internet. So I plugged an Ethernet cable to the netbook. Once the additional pilot and all the updates have been downloaded I had to fix the resolution.
Here it becomes tricky as I needed to enter commands in a terminal window to be able to edit the GRUB file.(I hate this!)
Then I needed to come back again to the console and update the configuration with
At the end, I got the following message :
After a reboot, I got a nearly brand new laptop :
The performances are acceptable and it’s a nice desktop environment if not the classiest.