Thanks for the warm welcome, folks!
PatH57 wrote:Hi and welcome.
Mint17 is more demanding on the hardware (that's why it looks "nicer").
What are the hardware specs of this second hand laptop?
Processor: 1.83GHz / 1000.00MHz
1GB of RAM
70GB of harddrive memory
I chose Mint13 partly because it was recommended by someone else in my household and because my laptop isn't state-of-the-art, but mostly because I like older versions of things; the bugs are usually worked out, and people generally have more experience with them. From what I've seen, Mint13 is comparable to last year's Chromebooks, visually. I do intend to upgrade eventually, but for the meantime 13 was the most accessible and seems to be a solid system. I'm definitely liking it so far.