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Old 19-02-2013, 20:48
DeelyBopper
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I've limited Linux Experience. I built a secondary machine a while back and it has been happily running Linux Mint LXDE. Due to the specs of the system I wanted a lightweight distro.

However, I am about to upgrade that particular machine and no longer need to limit my choice to lightweight although I would like it to be user friendly / easy to use as I could do without the hassle of learning alot of new stuff right now.

Ideally, it will require one installation and be good to go thereafter. With LXDE I had to fiddle around getting sound and stuff to play nicely with my hardware/config.

I would just like to narrow down the choice with the help of some recommendations so that I don't have to burn a dozen live CDs to trial various distros.

It will be run on an Athlon II X3 450 with 4gb DDR2, using the onboard Asus motherboard grahics (HD 4200) and a 120 gb Sandisk SSD.
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Old 19-02-2013, 21:34
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http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=118

is the one for you, you can run it as default when first installed.
But if you get bored with it, you can customise it like mad, and very easily thanks to the Mint team s
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Old 19-02-2013, 21:44
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I'd say ubuntu just for popularity.

Use a 4GB or more USB flash card/stick instead of burning CDs, if you want to try a few distros or run Live (with persistence=remembers your settings)

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/
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Old 20-02-2013, 16:30
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I really like Pinguy at the moment. I had a spare machine running windows vista business and I got sick to death of freezes and blue screens so I thought sod it and installed it updated it and has been running perfect.

The old RM2050 can live a little longer now.
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Old 20-02-2013, 18:07
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Not too long ago I aquired a crappy old laptop for the purpose of tinkering around with Linux and using as a spare internet machine. Whilst I admit I'm no expert whatsoever, I will say Mint was the one that installed correctly first time with all my drivers working exactly as they should. The others I tried either didnt work at all or left me with no sound and/or wireless despite following the guides and trying all sorts of workarounds.

Since the laptop only has 512MB RAM (well 504mb to be pedantic) I went with the XFCE version. KDE did work but was a bit on the laggy side. Ironically things sped up a lot when I ticked the box for hardware graphics rendering or something.

My next mission is to try and get LibreOffice 4 on it, which by the looks of things aint gonna happen any time soon
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Old 27-02-2013, 15:51
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I went with Mint 14 with Cinnamon. Had to fanny about with getting it to play audio through HDMI (again) and fanny about getting trim working with the SSD. Otherwise seems to now do everything I need it to.

One thing that is annoying me and hopefully someone can help me out is that the volume control on the taskbar is set at 100%. I can change it and it works but its not persistant. When I reboot its back at 100%. PITA as I have to remember to have my telly volume low before I boot in or readjust it when into the OS.

It means I wake the neighbours if I forget.
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Old 28-02-2013, 21:09
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I have been using for a few months now Linux Mint 14 but this time in it's Mate version as I found for example with Linux Mint 13 that the cinnamon edition could get slightly unstable after a while. LM 14 mate is excellent. Easy to use and no hassle compared with Windows.

Another good distro is Fuduntu which I have tried out in it's live version using a USB stick set up via the Yumi multiboot system http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator. I have several distros and rescue systems set up on the stick making it a sort of Swiss Army knife of computing. Very handy.
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