My wife has an archaic Dell Inspiron 1720 which she rarely uses as it’s just way too slow on win10. In a last gasp attempt to resurrect it before it ends up being (cough) recycled I decided to give EnOS a try.
The online install went fine and I installed Plasma as the DE. Everything works fine (and is much more responsive than win10) until I try and access “System Settings” at which point the laptop will freeze. Occasionally I can get in to make changes but invariably if I try and make a change it will also result in a freeze and the only solution is to long press the power button.
I wonder if there may be a package I’m missing, but I have no idea what, or where to look to try and troubleshoot. Any help or advice is appreciated.
On one of my laptops System Settings would cause the system to freeze up on KDE Wayland but everything is fine with KDE on X11. Don’t know if that has anything to do with your situation; just something I’ve experienced.
My opinion regarding Plasma is that, though it’s more efficient than past releases, it’s still a full function desktop environment. With nothing except the desktop running it’s likely to consume 400-500 MB of RAM. IF you start a Web browser you will probably exceed 1 GB of RAM, if not more.
On a system over ten years old I recommend Xfce. If even that proves to be too much on resources use only a window manager such as IceWM, Openbox, etc.
I think if you have a powerful enough system i.e. processor, and current hardware specs then ram is not that significant a factor. I have 32 GB memory and my system rarely uses up to 1.5 GB under normal usage.
Well after several days investigating various DEs, NVIDIA issues etc. I believe the problem was more fundamental, in that the distros I was trying lacked proper support for the 32bit processor. I’ve opted for Debian i386 and all is functioning well. She hasn’t tried in yet but I think Debian/Plasma won’t be too big a stretch.
Kinda sad I couldn’t get an Arch based distro working but at least she’s now on GNU/Linux.
Not 100% sure how to interpret this. IIRC it came with a 32bit Windows Vista OS. When it was upgraded to win8.1 then win10 it remained 32bit. I’m beyond caring, she has a usable laptop now which was the objective. I have other projects to be getting on with.