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Old 02-27-2014, 06:19 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Spudbynight View Post
Will Mint XFCE version use standard Ubuntu packages?
It is based upon Ubuntu so, as far as I know, a great deal of the software is the same. If you are asking about installing things like Google Chrome then, yes, in my experience packages meant for Ubuntu will generally install on Mint.
Old 02-27-2014, 06:26 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Spudbynight View Post
Will Mint XFCE version use standard Ubuntu packages?

At the moment I am veering towards either Mint with XFCE or Xubuntu.

I am possibly going to be relocating in a few months so ideally I want something I can setup for this person and leave them with.

They are not a complete luddite - but configuring or tweaking a Linux install is going to be beyond them.
Yes, any software packaged for Ubuntu should also install equally well on the corresponding Mint release.

The problem with Xubuntu is the lack of long-term support. I am doubtful an older user would enjoy reinstalling the OS every 6 months.
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I run Slackware on machines with 800 to 900 MB, and speeds of 1.3 to 1.6 GHz. Unless you are going to start gaming, any thing bigger or faster should work on any Linux.
There is no way to predict how much the update process is going to be fathomable to any given person.

Slackware invites package by package installation. I compile many packages. You can install anything where source code can be found. For some people that is no worse than figuring out which binary to install and where to get it.

Some people just say install the whole thing, but I don't like that method as it also installs packages the user does not need, want, or cannot use.

If the person is used to updating from a central binary server (like windows updates) then something more akin to that will serve them better.

What I am saying is that you may need to have the user participate in choosing a distribution. I have tried this before and it is a real pain, as many users don't want to face such questions and just want it to work. If that is the case, they are not going to be able to update or service it either.

Better then to have a logbook of how it was installed for whoever is going to get called to do the servicing. Write everything down. My logbooks for the several computers I maintain can cover 4 to 6 pages of notes for each Linux install.
Saving notes and config files in /root also helps. Give the notes prominent understandable names.

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