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#1 paul88ks

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:54 PM

I just installed Linux Mint 18 Sarah on my Hp 17" Laptop and I am loving it! Anybody else using it yet? I did a clean install with no other OS on it. It's an older dual-core laptop Hp dv7 Athlon Turion 2 and runs very quietly. It had Windows 10 on it but was overheating with the fan running all the time- not anymore!



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#2 Al1000

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 04:25 PM

Hi Paul,

I have used it for a bit, and agree it's very nice. However I swapped hard drives in my computer a few days ago so no longer have it installed, but it's high on my list of nice distros.

No surprise your laptop likes it too. :)

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 04:58 PM

It runs very well on my elderly - 12 year old Toshiba PRO_L10 - laptop. It actually dual boots, 17.3 and 18, but that is because I had a problem with my first install disc and needed it before I had time to write another installer and I knew the 17.3 disc worked..

 

I particularly liked the update options - 'Completely safe'; 'Don't break my computer'; and 'Install the lot, I know enough to fix it when it goes pear-shaped !'. Since I don't know enough to fix it if an update breaks it I chose the middle option. Call me Captain Chicken 2 !

 

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:22 PM

I'm accustomed to using the "Mate" GUI but i am finding the "Cinnamon" interface is growing on me quickly! I did have to install Opera and Chrome separately as they were not in the software packages yet,but didn't have a problem doing so!



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:27 PM

Linux Mint 18 is amazing, works great :)

And the "Don't break my computer" option is great for beginners. 



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 06:10 AM

Hoping to pave over an old XP machine with Mint in just a few days, soon as the extra RAM I ordered gets here. Just can't yet decide between MATE or Cinnamon.


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 09:38 AM

Cinnamon is great, but if its an older machine you could go with Mate or Xfce.

Xfce edition is much more lightweight than both Mate and Cinnamon. Therefore it's very suitable for older computers.


Edited by Enzix, 10 September 2016 - 09:39 AM.


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:14 AM

Cinnamon is great, but if its an older machine you could go with Mate or Xfce.

Xfce edition is much more lightweight than both Mate and Cinnamon. Therefore it's very suitable for older computers.

I must have been tired when I looked at the Linux Mint website,because i didn't even see that it was available in Mate,or Xfce. I've always been a fan of Mate,I run 17.3 Rosa on two of my machines.But I may install Xfce just to check it out. Does Xfce use less resources?



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:16 AM

Also- what is the KDE version?



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:29 AM

Cinnamon is great, but if its an older machine you could go with Mate or Xfce.

Xfce edition is much more lightweight than both Mate and Cinnamon. Therefore it's very suitable for older computers.

 

Well, I've been after all morning and MATE is looking pretty good, not that Cinnamon is bad, but MATE just seems a touch more appealing.

 

As for the machine, I have a few - but the one I plan installing on first is has the specs posted here:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/625427/seeking-linux-home-network-advice/?p=4079509

 

I have another 4 GB of RAM on the way, which will total it out at the max supported for the installed board (8 GB).


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:55 AM

https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-good-comparison-between-Cinnamon-Xfce-KDE-and-MATE-Which-one-should-I-choose  - is this a decent synopsis of the different versions?



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 12:55 PM

@ Paul - Check this link :)

Xfce uses less resources so ts recommended for older machines

 

There are a lot of desktop environments out there, my suggestion is to install a few on a VM and try it for yourself.

It all comes down to personal preference - someone likes MATE, someone prefers Cinnamon over MATE and so on.

 

If I am not mistaken, KDE stands for Known Desktop Environment. 

 

You just have to find the one which suits you the most.

 

Maybe this will help you to decide. :) 

 

@Jerry I agree, go for MATE :)

 

WIth 8 GB it will run smoothly :)



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 12:59 PM

Does Xfce use less resources?

Yes, but won't matter much on your machines.  Mate is preferable to me as it comes with better software in general, but you can add what you want for the most part.  It is worth trying out though, and even installing if you like it.  Mate uses a little more resources but it's worth the small penalty IMO.  You could easily run Cinnamon also. 


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 01:30 PM

Also- what is the KDE version?

 

Well LOL, KDE is just awesome! more than you can imagine.  I have not used the 18 version yet though, just 17.1, and hopefully 17.3 soon.  While Mate is awesome, I find it a bit bland out of the box.  As with KDE, it comes with lots of bells and whistles, a little tough at first learning to personalize but is a lot of fun.

 

In fact, if it were me, would install 17.3 on your pc's, as they are a little older.  On your i7 machine, you might want to research if the Graphics will work properly in Mint 18, Buntu 16.04.  


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 01:41 PM

 

 

It's an older dual-core laptop Hp dv7 Athlon Turion 2 

Sorry Paul, I missed this!

 

Glad it is working good for you!

 

 

I think this is a decent comparison, but as you might know, they are all good, it's which one you like best that is important.  And it is based on "ArchLinux" which I am unfamiliar with.


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