Reply 12920 of 22090, by jaZz_KCS
Linux would work. Make sure you have enough RAM for the laptop as Linux is x86_64 these days.
Linux works, I had installed and used elementaryOS before I returned it to my dad. But needs Windows, his motorcycle apps are for Windows. So he ended installing Windows Vista *facepalm*, which was the OS shipped with the device, even though I warned him to try XP or 7, but he is stubborn like me (like father, like son). I even tried to convince him to remove the bloatware that comes with HP after he did a factory restore and to switch to classic theme (thus deactivating Aero theme) for a better performance, but he’s stubborn. Oh dear...
Disabling Aero on Vista & 7 actually degrades performance as it switches the GUI rendering from the graphics card and onto your CPU instead and you'd notice things like bad tearing on 3D gaming & video playback. The amount of RAM freed by disabling Aero is negligible too.
Very interesting. I would love to see some hard numbers of comparison.
Currently installing OSes to my recently acquired TYAN S2882-D dual Opteron 285 server system.