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Old 01-12-2017, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question kubuntu and Linux Mint


I have kubuntu installed on a desktop

I am considering installing a version of Linux on a laptop, but I would like a different distro with high quality applications - to give me a choice

I am considering Linux Mint but am wondering if it will be so similar to kubuntu that I ought to consider another distribution.

Do you agree?

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Old 01-12-2017, 09:05 AM   #2
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anon_private,

Welcome to LQ.

I suggest that you burn an .iso for Linux Mint 18.1 (MATE or Cinnamon 64 bit) to a USB drive or DVD and then run it live without actually installing it.

Alternatively, install VirtualBox in Kubuntu and then test a whole series of Linux distros inside VB until you find one you really like.

http://cybrwrld.blogspot.co.uk/2012/...rtual-box.html

http://tecadmin.net/install-oracle-v...box-on-ubuntu/

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/b...stro-2016.html

http://distrowatch.com/

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Old 01-12-2017, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thank you.

I assume that you have suggested Cinnamon because I have kde installed in kubuntu. My older machine is 32 bit, so I believe that the 32 bit version would be appropriate.

Do you know if the applications are very similar between the two distributions? or are there many differences.



Happy New Year

Ps. There appears to be no avatars in this group - unusual
 
Old 01-12-2017, 10:31 AM   #4
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anon_private,

Yes, 32 bit is the one for you on an older machine.

My personal preference is for the MATE version. I have nothing against Cinnamon myself.

All I would say is that those people who experience graphics problems (hardware acceleration) using Cinnamon, invariably do not have the problems with MATE (or Xfce).

Kubuntu and Mint are pretty similar regarding software packages.

You may find this link useful:
https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...int-mate-first

Happy New Year!

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Old 01-12-2017, 10:57 AM   #5
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Evidently users of this forum cannot publish avatars, but can publish profile pictures. I can't find the link for a picture
 
Old 01-12-2017, 11:12 AM   #6
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Post # 20 from jeremy:
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This has been discussed before. We have no plan to add avatar support to LQ. Depending on your usergroup, however, you can add a profile picture.
I guess this is the sort of thing you are looking for?

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=234946
 
Old 01-12-2017, 12:39 PM   #7
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Hello and welcome to the forum

What is the brand and model (and model number) of your laptop, along with hardware specs such as the processor, amount of system memory and graphics chip? This information might help us give you more detailed information and/or suggestions.

Regards...
 
Old 01-12-2017, 03:21 PM   #8
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Hello and welcome to the forum

What is the brand and model (and model number) of your laptop, along with hardware specs such as the processor, amount of system memory and graphics chip? This information might help us give you more detailed information and/or suggestions.

Regards...
The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite model (L350-20G). 2 GB of RAM. I am not on the machine at present, but if you really need more information I will try and supply the details. My priorities are the best application software, customisation, and attractiveness (I know subjective).

Best wishes

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Old 01-12-2017, 03:26 PM   #9
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anon_private,

Post # 20 from jeremy:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post5567535



I guess this is the sort of thing you are looking for?

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=234946
I think that avatars do add something to a board
 
Old 01-12-2017, 03:40 PM   #10
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My personal opinion is that linux is basically infinitely modular on any distribution. And for all intents and purposes, any distribution can be made to look and feel like any other distribution. I've found it's basically just the repositories you pull software from and most distributions have about all the software most people will use. And the software they don't have is installable from source. So I guess my question would be: What exactly are you looking to change?
 
Old 01-12-2017, 04:11 PM   #11
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The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite model (L350-20G). 2 MB of RAM. I am not on the machine at present, but if you really need more information I will try and supply the details. My priorities are the best application software, customisation, and attractiveness (I know subjective).
Hi...

I'm guessing you meant 2 gigabytes, not megabytes.

If so, with only 2 GB's, to avoid sluggishness, you might want to use a "lightweight" distribution that is designed for older systems or lower hardware specs, such as Lubuntu. The trade off is little to no eye candy.

Some DE's (Desktop Environment) such as KDE or Cinnamon tend to use more (sometimes significantly more) system memory. As an example, I remember once when I installed Mint Cinnamon on a laptop with 4 GB's of memory. The OS and Google Chrome, just those two items running right after booting up the system, took up almost the entire 4 GB's of memory, no joke!

Regards...
 
Old 01-12-2017, 05:56 PM   #12
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Yes. Assumed that you have 2GB RAM, Try lightweight os with XFCE desktop. I personally prefer MX16 or Manjaro.
 
Old 01-13-2017, 08:09 AM   #13
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Quite right 2 GB of RAM.

I have been using kubuntu on a desktop for years, with only 1 GB of RAM, and without problems.

I like eye candy and the more advanced desktops (heavier applications).

What would I like to see on the laptop? Different, but still high quality applications, e.g., Office, burner, browser, text editor, graphics programme, video player, etc. I am just looking for a distribution that offers other applications so that I will then have a choice. If I install kubuntu I will simply have another kubuntu machine (identical); although, this could be useful if the pc fails.

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