Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

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Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby robert.thompson on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:13 pm

Hello:

Is there a Mint minimal distro or a way to create one?

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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby xenopeek on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:28 pm

Minimal as in requiring less CPU/memory to run, or minimal as in requiring less diskspace for installation?
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby robert.thompson on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:32 pm

Hi:

Minimal as in requiring less CPU/memory to run. (Older PC running XP)

The user only has dial-up.

He knows nothing about linux so, after the install, I will help him by using Teamviewer, if that works.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby vrkalak on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:34 pm

Not a "mini-Mint' perse ... but we do have a couple light-weight versions.

Have a look-see at Mint-9 Fluxbox, Mint-11 LXDE

Both Fluxbox and LXDE are pretty light on resources and very fast.
The LTS (long-term support) version of either is very stable and still supported for another 2 years.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby robert.thompson on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:40 pm

Thank you. :)
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby galen on Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:58 pm

be sure to disable mintupdate for it will be too bandwidth heavy for a slow connection.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby itlarson on Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:16 pm

Since i'm writing this from a 1400mhz Pentium M laptop with 1/2 g of RAM, I feel qualified to say that if Windows XP is running on the machine, standard Mint will run on it just fine. I have found Mint Xfce to be faster, but it is based on Debian testing, and thus in nowhere as stable as the Ubuntu based main version. Hopefully this will change once the new "latest" repositories are more mature, but for now inexperienced users should stick to the main version. Just be sure to install the "flash block" plugin in Firefox, since Flash is the one thing that can bring a slower machine to it's knees- so much so, that you might think you are back in XP.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby AlbertP on Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:02 am

If the computer has at least 512 MB of RAM, you can run normal Mint on it. Without internet connection, you can install gnome-ppp from the Software Manager and with that program you can dial-up.

Some dial-up modems, mainly laptop modems, need the Softlink driver to work - if you are connected to internet you can download that driver from the Additional Drivers program.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a 'mini-mint' distro?

Postby kerykeion on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:51 pm

Currently using Linux Mint 10 LXDE on an old Sempron machine, seems to run great :D And this is my first post ever.
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