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How well will Elementary OS run on a 5-yr old Acer Aspire one 523h-2527 netbook?

Windows 7 runs very sluggishly. Would Elementary run faster?

Shortly after I bought it, I was advised by a knowledgeable person not to install Windows XP because drivers would not be available? Would be any any driver issues with Elementary?

  • Without a specific model or specifications, any answer is primarily speculation. – Lewis Goddard Jan 12 '16 at 23:12
  • You'll most likely be fine. I'm running freya on an early 2008 MacBook (Intel Core2Duo 2,4 GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, Intel GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller), and it actually works very fluently, even better than the original Mac OS 10.6.8 on the same machine. I don't know about the drivers, but given that your netbook is rather old there shouldn't be many problems. Give it a shot, I'd say it's worth it :) – deesnook Jan 16 '16 at 14:56
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The System Recommendations are: Intel i3 or comparable dual-core 64-bit processor 1 GB of system memory (RAM) 15 GB of disk space Internet access

That being said: I run freya on a Dell Laptop from 2003. While it is slow, it's still faster than anything but LXDE.

There is also a way you can turn off animations in pantheon, which will speed up performance on older systems. That video is for Luna, but I am pretty sure it will work in Freya.

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