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Yugo was a figure of speech not meant to be derogatory. With older hardware you have to settle for less, it is what it is. Spend some time with Lubuntu, learn how to customize it, teach yourself about Linux. I ran an LXDE distro for quite some time and it can do everything Mint can do - it just looks different and uses less resources. If you want eye candy, download LXLE as it includes the kitchen sink - but is still uses LXDE. I'm not for eye candy as I prefer speed and simplicity - this is my desktop:
LOL I know it was
I was an auto mechanic for 20 years.
worked on a lot of Yugos lol
actually there were a lot worse cars out there than a Yugo!
just looking through that tutorial I am sure I can set it up the way I want, it answers a lot of questions
is it possible to install the Mint cinnamon software installer and not use the Synaptic Package Manager? I dont really care for it I think the cinnamon version is much easier for me to use
Synaptic Package Manager comes with Linux Mint.
If you don't want to use it you don't have to.
Synaptic will come in handy in the future should there be additional software you'd like to install.
Otherwise you will have to learn how to manually install software by compiling it.
Compiling software isn't a walk in the park until you are proficient with it so hanging on to Synaptic could probe to be a real gem.
So I have Lubuntu on this Sony and it works well, but there are some things I dont understand or care for
For one, when I minimize the firefox (or chrome) I do not see it on the taskbar. It just goes away like I closed it. How do I fix this?
But my main question is there a way to put the Mint desktop (or something similar) on this install? There are some features that I like a lot better, I understand Lubuntu is a stripped down Ubuntu system but I think this Sony can handle it
I really an hesitant to just go ahead and install a new distro as it took me a while to get this working, I am sure just some tweaks on this and it will be fine
any thoughts or help would be appreciated!!
Well, my first thoughts would be just install MATE. I checked, and it is available in the Ubuntu repos as mate-desktop-environment. Personally, though, I prefer GNOME Flashback Metacity for a lightweight yet functional desktop on Ubuntu.
Originally Posted by Brian A
actually I think its a very nice machine, certainly no Yugo LOL
I will look at your links.
I just thought when I initially installed Lubuntu with LXDE I would be presented with the desktop they show on their site to begin with, like when I installed Mint
apparently this is not the case
like I said, I am learning...
If it's < 10 years old, most any Compiz/Mutter desktop should run smoothly on it. (such as Unity/GNOME) At a certain point, it just comes down to preference.
Be aware that learning things like using synaptic (and apt-get in the terminal) is a necessary skill to develop...
I don't really know why this would be necessary for my uses.
All I want to do is setup this laptop to go on the internet, install a few simple programs like an office suite, etc.
The good people here helped me with getting the laptop operating and online, I am very content with that unless I run into problems with the setup I don't see why I would need any other Linux skills at this point in time
not that I don't want to learn new things, but that will come in time
The Lubuntu Software installer program seems all I need at this point