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thetechfreak

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I think Debian is what you want. They still give i386 images: Downloading Debian CD/DVD images via HTTP/FTP
Remember though nowadays all packages are not available under 32 bits. Although the most popular day to day ones are probably going to be available.


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Remember though nowadays all packages are not available under 32 bits. Although the most popular day to day ones are probably going to be available.


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I am sure if Debian provides a 32 bit distro, they will have 32 bit packages as well. But yeah, I don't know how old they will be. Only way to check is to try.
 

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Remember though nowadays all packages are not available under 32 bits. Although the most popular day to day ones are probably going to be available.


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The entire OS setup is supposed to be standalone, without needing any large size updates. They don't have a broadband connection. Maybe i'll try Lubuntu, Zorin Lite and MX Linux to see which one runs better on a similar VM.

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Lubuntu only 18.04 is available for 32 bit, 20.04 is only 64 bit. Perhaps your best bet is using MX since it's based on Debian and also has 32 bit ISOs. Don't know about Zorin lite, but isn't Zorin a paid distro?
 

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Lubuntu only 18.04 is available for 32 bit, 20.04 is only 64 bit. Perhaps your best bet is using MX since it's based on Debian and also has 32 bit ISOs. Don't know about Zorin lite, but isn't Zorin a paid distro?
No, they have free options as well. Added themes and other customization options are available in paid version.

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Which 32 bit distro should I choose as a replacement for windows 7 for a Lenovo R61 with 1GB ram and Core 2 Duo T7100 processor?

Primary requirements are for learning use by kids (my cousins) and offline movies/anime (storage is not an issue). Ram upgrade is out of question as I can't find DDR2 modules to test locally but might do it if I find them.
The T7100 processor is an x86_64 processor. Just install a 64-bit distribution that you like and you will be fine.
 

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I would've but ram is 1 GB DDR2

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That does not matter at all. Simply having more theoretical addressable space does not mean that the system will allocate resources more inefficiently. The formal logic of the code does not change.

To put it in very oversimplified terms, a 64-bit OS simply uses 64-bit numbers to assign addresses to each memory unit (virtual address in OS, register in hardware). Meanwhile a 32-bit OS will have registers assigned 32 bit addresses. All this does is increase or decrease the total addressable space. Again, this explanation is very oversimplified and there are more nuances in real hardware (i.e. x86_64), but none that matter to you as a user.
 

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I need a touch friendly distro, which can either run apk or run some decent browser. I have a windows tab with celeron N400, 4GB ram, Touch screen too. I tried Phoenix and remix OS, but they seemed to halt during boot and only that hiphen or dash appeared while booting. Any suggestions which is light is welcome.
 

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Enlightenment desktop is probably the most touch friendly. So Bodhi Linux may be the one for you.

Or you could try the KDE Plasma Mobile (no personal experience)
 

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Enlightenment desktop is probably the most touch friendly. So Bodhi Linux may be the one for you.

Or you could try the KDE Plasma Mobile (no personal experience)
Ok, I will give it a shot

D330 you mean? This guy managed to install Ubuntu on it apparently: Ubuntu on the Lenovo D330 – rojtberg.net

Something like android or chromeos, Only required for Google meet, and should be user friendly as it has to be used by a kid...8yr old
 

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Sufficient to run simple desktop environments like XFCE or LXDE. You can go even lighter with Openbox or i3 but then it would not be very user friendly.
Update for distro search: The school requires windows machine (like every other institute :banghead: ). On the up side, found 2 * 2GB DDR2 modules and would try to create an extremely light windows 10 ltsc image for that laptop over this weekend.
 

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Update for distro search: The school requires windows machine (like every other institute :banghead: ). On the up side, found 2 * 2GB DDR2 modules and would try to create an extremely light windows 10 ltsc image for that laptop over this weekend.
Why does the school _require_ windows machine?
 
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