I had an older Aopen mini PC laying around and decided to put it back into service at some level as a desktop. This thing only recognizes about 3.5 GB of the 4 GB of ram that is installed it isn’t what I call under powered but definitely is not overpowered either. This unit was what I used as my server for a very long time. Due to it’s small size it is put together with laptop components and when it quit being my server was because the hard drive was in a slow degradation. I did eventually replace the hard drive but had come up with another solution for my server.
I didn’t want Windows even though at one time it ran XP just fine. I wanted something lite but feature-full so I setlled for Lubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Beta 1. The install was from a minimal install disk with just the base being laid down (the minimal cd I used was for 13.10) and everything else coming from the internet as
which took a fairly long time. I did it this way because I had trouble with the standard install disk(s) thus I took the long way round I guess. The install disk problems probably were issues on my end. The system booted the first time and the only issue I had was Firefox kept crashing. I uninstalled it and went with Chromium Browser instead. After that it has been smooth sailing so far without any more hiccups. In fact the system feels very responsive perhaps even fast. I could possibly make this my regular desktop OS I think but that will be somewhere down the road if ever. I would however recommend this to someone with an older PC that they want to keep a little longer. There is a lot of usefulness built into this this distribution. I would have to say nice job Canonical.