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Old 07-10-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Distro Like Linux Mint


Someone recommended Linux Mint here and it was an almost perfect choice for a first Linux OS for me. The only issue was that it didn't have a screen lock in the live cd.

Is there another distro that is like Linux Mint in that it is very close to Windows but that it also has a screen lock that I can activate when I walk away.

I will only be using the Live CD or copy to RAM option. I wouldn't be installing it on the hard drive. I have tried Puppy Linux (video didn't work well with my laptop), DSL and OpenSUSE.

Thank you

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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hey...there is an another method of installing linux..and that is to do it from windows.... note that mint and the latest puppy release is based on ubuntu(the best linux out ther...i think).
just put the ubuntu cd in your drive and if autoplay is allowed an install option comes.... the interface is self explanatory.

Now if you want to try the install feature (ubiquity the ubuntu and mint installer ) try vmware player..its a free download from vmware.com or the open sorce virtualbox....

As a live cd you should really try knoppix.

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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This isn't a Linux Mint issue, but a GNOME configuration issue.

Right-click the task bar, and select "Add to panel..." There is a screen lock button you can add.
 
Old 07-10-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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Someone recommended Linux Mint here and it was an almost perfect choice for a first Linux OS for me. The only issue was that it didn't have a screen lock in the live cd.

Is there another distro that is like Linux Mint in that it is very close to Windows but that it also has a screen lock that I can activate when I walk away.

I will only be using the Live CD or copy to RAM option. I wouldn't be installing it on the hard drive. I have tried Puppy Linux (video didn't work well with my laptop), DSL and OpenSUSE.

Thank you
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, which is closer to Mac OS X than anything else. Look here:

This is where you access all of your applications in Ubuntu Linux, and they are divided into categories.

This is where you go in Ubuntu to launch the file browser in different folders/directories.

This menu is where you launch all of your apps that change your settings (in your user account).

This menu is where you go to make changes to the system, and most of them you have to type your password before you access.

This is where you set your social status. Yes, that's right, social networking has been integrated into the core of Ubuntu itself, starting with the version Mint 9 has been based on, 10.04 LTS.

This is where you log out, lock your screen, or shut down your Ubuntu box.

Now I don't know if it's just me, but Ubuntu when you get used to it is actually easier than Windows to use (believe me, been there, done that), since the menus are more nicely laid out than the Windows Start menu or the Mint menu (you can access ALL your applications from one place and in nice categories, you can access commonly used folders from one folder, you can change all system and user preferences from one menu... you know, everything). I hope you like it...
 
Old 07-10-2010, 11:59 PM   #5
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@xoran99 - I took a look at task bar settings, add/remove panel items, and panel settings, all of which show up by right clicking the task bar. I didn’t see a lock option under any of these.

@Kenny_Strawn - Thanks for the additional reading material. For me, I’m looking for just a Linux distro that I can easily install the Google Chrome browser and the rest of my work is through cloud computing, so actually I don’t need anything from the start button.

The reason why I said it was “Windows like” is because unlike some of the other distros I came across, it was so easy to install Chrome as well as save files to the desktop. With one of the other distros I tried, I honestly was lost as to where the files were being saved.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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@xoran99 - I took a look at task bar settings, add/remove panel items, and panel settings, all of which show up by right clicking the task bar. I didnít see a lock option under any of these.

@Kenny_Strawn - Thanks for the additional reading material. For me, Iím looking for just a Linux distro that I can easily install the Google Chrome browser and the rest of my work is through cloud computing, so actually I donít need anything from the start button.

The reason why I said it was ďWindows likeĒ is because unlike some of the other distros I came across, it was so easy to install Chrome as well as save files to the desktop. With one of the other distros I tried, I honestly was lost as to where the files were being saved.
The open source variant of Google Chrome (known as Chromium) is in the Ubuntu repository.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 12:26 AM   #7
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The open source variant of Google Chrome (known as Chromium) is in the Ubuntu repository.
I did see that one in the repository, but is it fully patched and maintained by Google the same way that Google Chrome is?

Also, when I go to the Google Chrome website, it does say "A fast new browser: Now available for Linux " and with Mint, it's just point and click to install but not quite as easy with the other distros.

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:38 AM   #8
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I did see that one in the repository, but is it fully patched and maintained by Google the same way that Google Chrome is?
Yes. There's Chromium, the open source variant of Google Chrome that is portable and can be installed on Linux, Windows, OS X, or Chrome OS (a modified version), and there's the standard Chrome with proprietary code in it. Simply put, Chromium is the code in Chrome that Google has licensed as FOSS, and it's just as good as default Chrome.

And yes, it's Chromium that's in the repository - the Ubuntu repository that Mint has as well as its own.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 12:46 AM   #9
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Thanks Kenny, then that's a big hurdle solved for me.

Then really, all I need is a well maintained lightweight version of Linux that can run as a LiveCD (preferably copy to ram) that I can run in guest mode AND has a lock feature so that I can lock up the computer when I step away for a bit.

Any recommendations? Mint was ideal but didn't have the lock in the LiveCD.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 12:50 AM   #10
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You can enable the lock in Ubuntu I know (just type 'passwd' in a terminal and type the password you want to use). I believe it's the same for Mint.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 12:55 AM   #11
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Tried it, but it didn't work

mint@mint ~ $ passwd
Changing password for mint.
(current) UNIX password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error
passwd: password unchanged
mint@mint ~ $
 
Old 07-11-2010, 01:31 AM   #12
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I do not see a key point mentioned here: LiveCD versions of Linux are intended for evaluation and certain maintenance chores. They are not intended for routine operation. For any Linux system to be useful, you need to actually install it. Even an installation on a USB external drive would be better than live CD.
 
Old 07-11-2010, 09:06 AM   #13
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...Is there another distro that is like Linux Mint in that it is very close to Windows but that it also has a screen lock that I can activate when I walk away.
Try Mepis it uses KDE and easy to install.
 
  


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