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JodyT

Linux Mint Cinnamon

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So I have a small Dell notebook PC from 2005. It's running Windows XP Professional SP3 in 1 gb of RAM on a 40 gb drive. I'm looking for a no nonsense OS to run in its place come April. So after a ton of recommendations, I tried the Linux Mint Live CD which was the extended service Maya release version 13. It includes the Cinnamon desktop.

I tell ya - hmmmmmmmm, it really doesn't do it for me. Mint users recommend it due to an XP like interface, but I find Vista is even better in that respect. I just like a simpler desktop enviroment or even a window manager. I'm going to try PC Linux which is KDE based and see what I think.

I have tried Puppy Linux 4x and 5x and I like the Wary Puppy distros for older hardware. But I wish I could do a regular full installation rather than a frugal install.

What Linux distros do you find are more like say a Win9x interface (very simple)?

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have you tried ZorinOS?

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You can try Crunchbang http://crunchbang.org/ Its a super small but functional distro based of of Debian. It is very customizable

Open box: http://openbox.org/ (Open box is very customizable)

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Thanks for those suggestion. I shall take a serious look.

:)

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Another one you might try, if you haven't already, is Lubuntu. It's a nice looking one, and it requires less resources than Ubuntu.

I have tried Puppy a few times on live CD, and I have a machine with Ubuntu installed. If I had to pick I'd take Ubuntu over Puppy, just because I think configuring the options is more user friendly in Ubuntu. I had problems detecting my Lucent Cheetah modem under Puppy.

Good luck.

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You can try Crunchbang http://crunchbang.org/ Its a super small but functional distro based of of Debian. It is very customizable

Open box: http://openbox.org/ (Open box is very customizable)

If you find that this Linux distro is too large (very hard to imagine) you can also try this one. http://tinycorelinux.net/ . This amazing little distro is an amazing 12 mega bytes in size, and also customizable to your needs.

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Glass with Blur. :w00t:

by default? Or what do you have to do to enable it?

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Glass with Blur. :w00t:

by default? Or what do you have to do to enable it?

YOU enable with:

Blur:

Desktop Effects / All Effects

Glass:

Workspace Appearance / Windows Decorations and Download Diamond theme BY staffck1.

Workspace Appearance / Desktop Theme and Download Diamond theme BY staffck1.

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On Athlon X2 4200+, 2GB RAM,video onboard and 80GB ide HDD I use Arch Linux with XFCE4.

I have triple boot, but I show only my Arch :)

That is awesome. Is that with Compiz-Fusion installed/enabled? I currently have Fedora Linux on my laptop with Gnome 3 and well, very ordinary to use. I considered MATE on last install but the vital super key + type in what to run seemed missing so I went Gnome 3 again. I was a big fan of Gnome since using it since 1995. Before that well, too tricky for me to install and use so I went with what I knew well, Windows.

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I use Arch Linux with XFCE4.

That information panel/clock you have on the right of your desktop is very handy. Does it show/hide on mouseover? I also have XFCE4 (two weeks and counting) running on Ubuntu 12.04 and love it to bits, but haven't seen that panel anywhere previously.

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I have tried Zorin OS (not really impressed). So far I really like Precise Puppy. Apparently I can install this to a hard disk partition too, though I may just perform a frugal installation. It runs quickly and for browsing and email, Seamonkey works just fine on it.

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MY Slax 7.0.8 Setup Booting from HDD:

Start Menu:

http://s16.postimg.org/xibbndeph/Home_Folder.png

Firefox 28.0

http://s1.postimg.org/4bvjxkj8f/Firefox_28_0.png

System updated with:

abiword 2.8.6

Firefox 28.0

Flash Player 11.2.202.346

Java Plug-in 11.02 11.02 (JRE 8)

Themes used:

Window Decorations = Diamond BY staffck1

Desktop Theme = Diamond BY staffck1

NOTES:

Slax 7.0.8 ISO is just 226 MB and it works well with the right settings.

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Also, I think I might attempt (now I know this might be a dirty work in a Microsoft-based froum but here goes)

eComstation ... lol

Seriously though, it apparently supports a Dell D610 (even the wifi - at least that's what I gather) and there's an updated Firefox for it (I wish Seamonkey were a possibility). Nonetheless, I loved OS/2 so I'm hopeful it it will work in my tests.

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Also, I think I might attempt (now I know this might be a dirty work in a Microsoft-based froum but here goes)

eComstation ... lol

Seriously though, it apparently supports a Dell D610 (even the wifi - at least that's what I gather) and there's an updated Firefox for it (I wish Seamonkey were a possibility). Nonetheless, I loved OS/2 so I'm hopeful it it will work in my tests.

You can always download the .taz file from SeaMonkey's download site for Linux. You don't have to use the distro's downloader.

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You can always download the .taz file from SeaMonkey's download site for Linux. You don't have to use the distro's downloader.

Yeah but eComstation isn't an xNix based OS. Its roots bear a closer relationship with Windows NT. So there would either need to be a native OS/2 build of Seamonkey, or else Odin (think of Odin as Wine for OS/2) needs to work well enough to allow running the Win32 version.

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I think so - thank you Ace2 - and that's even a relatively recent build.

:w00t:

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That is awesome. Is that with Compiz-Fusion installed/enabled?

No, just Faenza theme

That information panel/clock you have on the right of your desktop is very handy. Does it show/hide on mouseover?

No, he stay there permanently. You can see if you mimize ale opened window.

That panel is a conky

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You can always download the .taz file from SeaMonkey's download site for Linux. You don't have to use the distro's downloader.

Yeah but eComstation isn't an xNix based OS. Its roots bear a closer relationship with Windows NT. So there would either need to be a native OS/2 build of Seamonkey, or else Odin (think of Odin as Wine for OS/2) needs to work well enough to allow running the Win32 version.

Wow I did not even know that warp still existed till this day!! How much is this OS Jody?

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I appreciate everyone's help. Yesterday, I finally turfed the XP installation on my notebook PC and installed Precise Puppy Linux v5.7.1. Everything is working like a charm, fully installed.

:thumbup

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Puppy has some stability issues with some applications

Make you time and test Debian+slim+ XFCE or MATE

http://imgur.com/OXzztxV

or Archlinux, I have it on Toshiba netbook NB250 and run more fast as Ubuntu.

Here is a good tutorial

http://archive.is/SXNV9

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Two years onward, I'm glad I went with Precise Puppy on that old notebook.  It still works great!

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