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If your mother needs just these two applications and you know how to to go about installing a bare-bones linux distribution, to achieve maximum speed do the following: Install Gentoo GNU/Linux. Your laptop is supported. Then you can install Fluxbox, the window manager. It's extremely lightweight. Along with fluxbox, install FbDesk to make click-able icons. ...


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When I encountered for the same requirement times ago I went for a distribution relying on XFCE as desktop manager. At that time (a dozen of years ago) I chose Xubuntu (it is Ubuntu with Gnome replaced by XFCE), but it is possible that it grew fat since then I don't know. You may give it a try, or opt to Mint which is also an Ubuntu derivative proposing ...


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Almost any distribution will do the trick for both Chrome and Skype. That said, I do know that lubuntu and xubuntu, based on LXDE and xfce4 respectively, are very good choices and installing those apps is a very simple task. I run xubuntu on my desktop machines, however lubuntu has been useful for a few high-end ARM devices I own and while it isn't the ...



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