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Old 01-12-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Have Lubuntu - Love Mint 17.3?


Hello again. This is about my Sony Vaio laptop that I installed Lubuntu on a few days ago.

Here are the threads for some background

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...96#post5475496



http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...81#post5476381

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!!
 
Old 01-12-2016, 06:36 PM   #2
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I may suggest you run Mint as a VM using VirtualBox.

I have been using Mint 17.3 (on and off) for a short while now, and I don't have any problems. It just seems to work for me on my laptop.
 
Old 01-12-2016, 06:49 PM   #3
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You may not have the "window buttons" item loaded on the panel (taskbar). I don't have any LXDE systems right now but adding an item to the panel is not difficult.
 
Old 01-12-2016, 10:13 PM   #4
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Right-click on the LXDE taskbar, then select Panel-->Settings-->Panel Applets and check that the "Task Bar (Window List)" applet is enabled.

I believe that MATE is not available in the Ubuntu repos.

Oh, yeah. I like Mint. It's nice job of work.

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Old 01-13-2016, 09:49 AM   #5
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thanks I will check these task bar settings when I get home

Virtualbox is an interesting idea, I am not sure it might be too much of a resource hog to make it worth it on this machine

I am reading up on it

thanks for the suggestions!!
 
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can anyone tell me how to setup these LDXE desktops?



I thought the first one would load by default, but it did not and I don't see how to add it, I have a plain blue background and everything looks different, I imagine I have the stripped down desktop ?

http://lxde.org/lxde_desktop/

http://www.pclinuxos.com/get-pclinuxos/lxde/

thanks

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Old 01-13-2016, 10:11 AM   #7
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I did find this on the second desktop.

http://www.pclinuxos.com/get-pclinux...monty-desktop/

So I take it I just download and install it like any software program?

thanks again for you patience

edit: I don't think this if for me, it looks like a complete Linux installation

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Old 01-13-2016, 11:25 AM   #8
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Methinks it's time for you to read and study a bit. The desktops you linked consist of a wallpaper and a bunch of icons on the desktop. You can download any wallpaper you like and you can send any any program icon to the desktop by right clicking on the menu item and send to desktop. You can install dockbars, conky, and all manner of junk if that's your desire.

There are tons of guides on the web about customizing LXDE - here's a start, the rest is on you.

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...top-using.html

Remember, you're running Lubuntu because your computer is older and slowish - you can't turn a Yugo into a Ferrari. If you want all the flash - you need better hardware...

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Old 01-13-2016, 12:56 PM   #9
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Methinks it's time for you to read and study a bit. The desktops you linked consist of a wallpaper and a bunch of icons on the desktop. You can download any wallpaper you like and you can send any any program icon to the desktop by right clicking on the menu item and send to desktop. You can install dockbars, conky, and all manner of junk if that's your desire.

There are tons of guides on the web about customizing LXDE - here's a start, the rest is on you.

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...top-using.html

Remember, you're running Lubuntu because your computer is older and slowish - you can't turn a Yugo into a Ferrari. If you want all the flash - you need better hardware...
well yes I understand the limitations of the laptop

this guide you linked is useful. for instance, I have no other background wallpaper installed in the "desktop preferences" like it shows in the tutorial

Just wondering how to go about getting it and other things such as this

I will read though this, everything I found regarding this was command line stuff which I am not good at and I don't even know if that was what I was looking for or not as this is all new to me

thanks!!!
 
Old 01-13-2016, 01:03 PM   #10
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If you'd like more wallpapers just download them and than right click on the wallpaper and "set as wallpaper"-

http://wallpaperswide.com/
http://www.desktopnexus.com/tag/linux/
https://www.hdwallpapers.net/

I have a Sony Vaio too and Centos runs great on it.-
Shame; Sony isn't making any more Vaio's.
 
Old 01-13-2016, 01:13 PM   #11
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thanks

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...
 
Old 01-13-2016, 01:44 PM   #12
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thanks

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...
Your Welcome:-

All distributions are different as far as what comes with them.
For example Xubuntu had a boat load of wallpapers when I installed it but when I install Black Lab Linux there were only a handful of desktop wallpapers to choose from.
 
Old 01-13-2016, 01:51 PM   #13
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gotcha

I am finding this who Linux experience very fascinating

its just hard sometimes to find the sites with info a rookie like me can understand lol

seem most I find are way over a beginners head

that's why I am here asking questions

 
Old 01-13-2016, 02:06 PM   #14
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gotcha

I am finding this who Linux experience very fascinating

its just hard sometimes to find the sites with info a rookie like me can understand lol

seem most I find are way over a beginners head

that's why I am here asking questions

That's what we are here for.
If there's something you can't find just ask and if I have the link I'll post it for you.
 
Old 01-13-2016, 02:19 PM   #15
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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 it still uses LXDE. I'm not for eye candy as I prefer speed and simplicity - this is my desktop:
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