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Best linux distribution Open University compatibility needed. Laptop useless at mo
Hi, I know how annoying it can be for people to ask questions without reading posts but my course has already started and I need to be sure that any installations I make are compatible. I have an Samsung n150 plus. It runs so slow that it's really frustrating to work with but I can't afford a new laptop. Specs are below. Is there a linux distribution that will enable my aging laptop to run at a decent speed? Fastest possible please. The catch is I need a distribution that is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate Launcher, only lists options for MAC and Windows is there a way for me to use while running linux?
I can find my way around a computer. I have clean installed windows so many times to eek out tiny performance improvements but it's got to the point where this no longer makes a difference. I would like a distribution as close to windows as possible though to make the transition smooth. I brought an acer aspire one before this but for all my determination to teach myself, me and the command shell did not get on and I could never find my downloads! So can I have my cake and eat it too?
I use firefox, openoffice, and calibre already so no issues there.
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz 1.67GHZ
RAM: 1.00 GB
System type: 32-bit operating system
Hard drive: 148GB
Thanks in advance for anyone who can stand to answer newbie questions.