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Old 12-02-2011, 09:09 AM   #61
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Hello stormdog,

as was said already in this thread, I would recommend that you switch from linpus to a fullfeatured Linux-distribution. You should tell us more about the hardware of your computer, how much RAM, how much diskspace and which processor and graphics-adapter do you have? then we can tell you which distribution is adequate for the machine. It is (in my opinion) not useful to upgrade the programs on linpus. It is simply a bad distribution.

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Old 12-02-2011, 02:48 PM   #62
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OK, let's bite the bullet .

Acer Aspire One
Intel Atom CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz
System Memory 512MB
HD 120GB
Intel 945GME Express IGC (rev3) 1024 x 600
Realtek audio ALC662G/268

We don't need an all-singing, all-dancing OS - just a simple one that will work for browsing with Firefox, webmail and composing the odd letter.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 02:59 PM   #63
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Well, the computer has not enough power for recent versions of Ubuntu or Mint with Gnome as Desktopenvironment which often are recommended as "userfriendly" (for people with little Linux-experience).
But Mint has a version with LXDE as Windowmanager, this should work well on this computer. Take a look here: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1802 and http://www.linuxmint.com/index.php
Since your computer doesn't have a CD/DVD-drive you will have to create a bootable USB-device for the installer. This is explained very well in their documentation.

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:50 PM   #64
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@ stormdog I apologize for not providing exact command, but was trying to lead you in the right direction.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 11:56 PM   #65
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Btw Is your acer aspire one upgradeable to 1.5 Gig ram?
 
Old 12-04-2011, 11:48 AM   #66
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Ok, thanks guys.

Eddy - no problem, I was just a little confused. How do I know if the RAM is expandable and by how much?

Markush - thanks for the recommendation. I'll look into Mint as you suggest and get back. Can I presume if the netbook RAM is expandable then may be there are better options?
 
Old 12-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #67
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For the desktopenvironment, like KDE or Gnome not only the amount of RAM is important but also the graphics-adapter. So you should try another distribution before upgrading the RAM. As you know RAM is relatively expensive and I'd try everything out before I'd spend the money.

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Old 12-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #68
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Not having done this before, what happens to existing documents, photos, Firefox/OpenOffice profiles etc? Are these just 'picked up' by Mint or do they need to be backed up and re-installed?
 
Old 12-04-2011, 03:34 PM   #69
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This depends on the partitionscheme of your harddisk.

If you have a separate partition for the /home directory you can leave this partition untouched while the installation.

But I'd recommend to backup all your personal data on an external device before installing a new distribution.

If you want to know more about your current partitionscheme, please open a terminal and post the output of
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sudo fdisk -l
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df -h
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:32 PM   #70
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Here's the partition info ~

[user@localhost home]$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x537c5b79

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 14462 116165983+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14463 14593 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 3999 MB, 3999793152 bytes
98 heads, 33 sectors/track, 2415 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 3234 * 512 = 1655808 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/mmcblk0p1 3 2416 3901952 6 FAT16
[user@localhost home]$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 110G 9.4G 95G 10% /
none 247M 0 247M 0% /dev/shm
/dev/mmcblk0p1 3.8G 1.4G 2.4G 37% /media/BACKUP
none 110G 9.4G 95G 10% /mnt/home
posix-overlay(/media/BACKUP)
3.8G 1.4G 2.4G 37% /tmp/posixdir
[user@localhost home]$



I found the Mint website really confusing with no direct download for LXDE under Downloads and the UK mirror site wasn't available. Still, I've now got copy ready to install.

Last edited by stormdog; 12-04-2011 at 04:34 PM.
 
Old 12-04-2011, 04:43 PM   #71
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Well, there are only two partitions, one for / and one for the swapspace, the whole disk has about 115 GB.

I saw, it comes with xfce as windowmanager, the link is here: http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=90

you will need an USB-memorystick to create a bootable device for the installation. Or do you have an external CD/DVD-drive? that would make it easier.

For the partitionscheme I'd suggest:
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/dev/sda1 for / (root) with 30GB
/dev/sda2 for swap with 512MB
/dev/sda3 for /home with 30GB
leave the remaining space for later use.

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Old 12-05-2011, 09:43 AM   #72
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Hi, Markush,

Do you now prefer to install Mint Debian XFCE to Mint 11 LXDE?

I read this of Mint Debian in a review -

"Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once itís publicly released, itís not as stable. Things are likely to break more often but fixes can also come quicker. For this reason, LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT." http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2010/...mint-9-debian/.

The highlighted bit kinda worried me a little as I'm only bumbling through this with a great deal of help from people like yourself.
 
Old 12-05-2011, 09:48 AM   #73
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Well, I thought of LMDE because I found the downloadlink. But you're right, it is better to look for the more newbiefriendly version of Mint. Did you find a download-link for the LXDE-version?

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A Mint 11 LXDE download link was half way down the page from your previous blog link, thanks. Would the suggested partition scheme be the same?
 
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The partitionscheme I suggested is relatively independent of the distribution. It is flexible and helps you to divide your personal data from the systemdata.

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