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Is Mint right for Me

Postby jdtwyo on Thu May 28, 2009 6:28 pm

I have an old Pentium M 1.7 laptop with 2 gigs of ram and a 60 gig hardrive. All that I would like to do with this computer is surf the web, listen to, watch an occasional DVD, and maybe play the rare music CD. This laptop primarily resides in my girls room (infants) and I use it to stream Pandora while they sleep, however it has become so slow and bloated with Windows XP I am looking for an alternative.

Any ideas???
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Re: Is Mint right for Me

Postby Fred on Thu May 28, 2009 6:51 pm


You are in exactly the right place. Mint will fulfill your needs quite nicely. I would recommend the XFCE community edition. It should perform to your expectations.

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Re: Is Mint right for Me

Postby Aging Technogeek on Thu May 28, 2009 6:51 pm

I ran Mint 6 main edition on a computer with exactly the specs you list and had no problems except getting sound to work with the DVD player. Mint 7 has solved that.

The only other possible problem would be internet access if you use a usb network adapter,. Some adapters are difficult to set up in Linux due to the lack of proprietary drivers, But this situation is improving almost daily. Mint 7 supports more usb adapters than Mint 6 and if you have built in wireless in a fairly new (4-5 years old) computer, it will probably work out of he box.

Overall, I think you will find LInux Mint is a great choice for your system and requirements.

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