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Ubuntu -> Mint

Postby muszek on Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:08 pm


I'm an unhappy owner of Dell 1720. There's a lot of things that suck about this laptop, but the main one is ipw3459 wireless driver - my Ubuntu 7.10 crashes randomly something like once or twice a day (sometimes I'm able to reboot, sometimes just gotta pull the plug, cause even Raising Skinny Elephants doesn't help).

Anyways, I'm looking for some other distro, preferably a descendant of Debian. Two questions:
* what's the chance that mint will have different drivers (that don't crash)?
* is it possible to dist-upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10?
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Re: Ubuntu -> Mint

Postby ricky on Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:38 pm

hi good to see that you are looking. we here at mint are a decendent from ubuntu, so i don't know how the drivers would be, you might want to try using mint 3 or ubuntu 7.04, as they had different drivers.

dayrna (mint 4) might also be viable, as it might be the driver updates that are killing your box. mint update has an update risk manager that could mitigate some of that risk.

as for the dist -upgrade, i don't think that it is possible.
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Re: Ubuntu -> Mint

Postby MagnusB on Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:53 pm

muszek wrote: * what's the chance that mint will have different drivers (that don't crash)?
* is it possible to dist-upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10?

1. Zero to none. However, the ipw3459 should be pretty stable, it might be something else that makes Ubuntu crash.
2. Nope. Mint forked from Edge (?), and since that have been an independent distro. Only way to switch is a clean install!
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Re: Ubuntu -> Mint

Postby NoClue! on Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:12 am

A clean install might be a good thing anyway, with all the plug pulling you been doing. Someone around here posted some good (safer) alternatives to plug pulling.
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