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Old 10-29-2013, 01:05 AM   #31
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With the amount of effort you have put into this you most will definitely enjoy linux. As far as the desktop
that is just like everything linux, if you don't like the desktop that you are using, use one of the dozen
or so other desktops/window managers. My personal preference is kde, next in line is xfce but I also
use gnome at times. Mint kde is one of the easiest and fastest to install of any of the modern distro's that I have tried lately.
The last time I checked there were over 41000 programs in the ubuntu/mint repository,
so most everything you will ever need is in there.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 06:52 AM   #32
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I tried to load Mint using Vbox but sadly, as I expected it did not work on my old machine.
In an ideal world I would just install Mint on my drive and ditch XP but i have so many programmes installed and i earn my living on my computer and just cannot afford to do it.
I have tried to dual boot with Mint and it just wont work, but i can get Ubuntu to dualboot no problem, which is odd, so i guess i am going to have to dualboot Ubuntu which I just do not like, Mint seems a lot better to me.
I guess if i learn the basics on Ubuntu I will then have a more seamless change over to Mint.
I just wish I could dualboot Mint though.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 07:40 AM   #33
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I would suggest you to install Ubuntu then you can install Mate or Cinnamon in Ubuntu, that will make it looks exacly like Linux Mint

Mate for ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu precise main"
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://mirror1.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu precise main"
Mate for ubuntu 13.10 (Latest release)
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu saucy main"
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu saucy main"
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://mirror1.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu saucy main"
Then do
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
# this installs base packages
sudo apt-get install mate-core
# this installs more packages
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Cinnamon for ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Cinnamon for ubuntu 13.10
Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

To remove PPA from ubuntu
Code:
sudo apt-add-repository --remove 'ppa name goes here'
sudo apt-get update
Sometimes PPA doesnt get update and it just generate problems so I added there the format for you to remove a conflicting PPA

Good luck to you.

Last edited by TroN-0074; 10-31-2013 at 07:46 AM.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 09:05 AM   #34
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By the sounds of it, if you can't get Mint to boot and install side by side with Windows, could mean you have a corrupted disk/ISO. Did you check the MD5 hash to verify a good download and burn? Also it also could be a kernel problem, perhaps you could download the kernel from Ubuntu and install it. Mint may have less options enabled with they built the kernel. I can't say for sure.

But if Ubuntu installs, so should Mint so those are the 2 first things that come to mind. Well as Tron Suggested, you could go the Ubuntu route and install the Mint Desktops if you would like. It would work as well.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #35
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I have got Ubuntu installed as dual boot, i am writing this in ubuntu now but it is painfully slow, as i say my comp is old and only has one Gig of RAM so cant really expect it to be lighning fast.
Looks like it is Mint or XP, no half measures. If Mint had all the progs I use the choice would be easy, but it doesnt and it isnt
Whatever I choose thanks very much for your patience and help
 
Old 10-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #36
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It is slow because your processor is using all its power just on the Ubuntu Graphical Interface but once you change that to a lightweight one it would be much faster. On my previous post (Post #33) I listed the steps to change graphical interface and install Cinnamon or Mate in Ubuntu. Additionally you can install Xfce or LXDE these are even lighter.

To install Xfce you can type on your terminal

You will need to type your administrator password (Root)

Code:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
log out then log back in but select the xubuntu session on the log in options menu (The circle button on the log in)

To install LXDE you can type on your terminal

Code:
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
then log out and log back in but select the lubuntu session on the log in options menu

good luck to you
 
Old 11-02-2013, 03:56 PM   #37
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Yea the latest graphical desktops, KDE, Unity, Gnome-Shell tend to use alot of resources. XFCE is a good option as its lighter weight and still quite customizable, but if you want to go lighter there is LXDE (Lubuntu Desktop).

Ofcourse if you want really like you can try something like fluxbox.
 
  


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