Especially concerning 3G (UMTS)-USB modem: Since a couple of years I was testing those modems; result: no problem with Gnome (even the "old" CentOs 5.3: within 2 seconds Net without making entries!!), problems with each KDE-version (Mandriva, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, ...even Mint 10 KDE!),
no problem with Mint 9 LXDE.
I first would try (live mediums) Isadora LXDE, afterwards PClinuxOS Gnome.
det4100 wrote:If video is the only problem with your Mint install, and we are talking about a desktop, not a laptop, then you might want to get yourself an old or cheap video card and install it. I have always had video issues with SiS video chips. I have a bunch of old PCI - AGP video cards laying around just for this reason when installing Mint on older machines with on board SiS video.
Might free up some of that RAM also.
I' ve tested Sabayon/ KDE on a new computer - it works fine, detects all hardware ; the new kernel could be an argument; but I don't know something else.
As I wrote, I would first create a live Isadora LXDE , test it, and afterwards PCLinuxOS Gnome.
With Mandriva installed I once (some years ago) had many problems and I don't know how the support is (some developers of Mandriva created a new distro, Mageia, as far as I remember).
rdonnelly wrote:I have LMDE installed on three 5+ year old machines, I have never seen them run faster then they have with Debian. If you go from Mint 10 to LMDE on an older machine, you will think you had a hardware upgrade. And why worry about older hardware compatibility, Linux is not windoze, old hardware is always supported in every distro, and usually better supported then the new hardware.
marX wrote:rdonnelly wrote:I have LMDE installed on three 5+ year old machines, I have never seen them run faster then they have with Debian. If you go from Mint 10 to LMDE on an older machine, you will think you had a hardware upgrade. And why worry about older hardware compatibility, Linux is not windoze, old hardware is always supported in every distro, and usually better supported then the new hardware.
I had Mint 10 LXDE but the display issues forcing me to abandon it. While I was typing this, it hung on me !!!
I had to turn off the power !!
And yeah, I won't be getting any Ubuntu based distro coz their gfx driver for sis is crap !
I had enough of them (Ubuntu 7.10, 8.10, 9.04, Mint 10).
The "_E17" in the file name refers to a release with the Enlightenment 17 desktop environment*. E17 is fine for both beginners and experienced users. It is designed to be fast and lightweight whilst looking attractive, and is another desktop environment that should work well with less powerful PCs, such as netbooks or older PCs. Nevertheless it is a full-featured desktop environment and emphasizes good looks. * According to the strict definition of the term 'Desktop Environment', E17 is actually a Window Manager and Desktop Shell. In practical terms, it's a desktop environment!
marX wrote:Guys, I can get either Scientific Linux (based on Redhat) or Mandriva 2010.12 out of a tech magazine but I can't have both. I need to make that choice now !
Which one I should select ?
I'm a mech engr btw so I'm guessing Scientific Linux might be more useful ??
How is Redhat's hardware support ?
Thanks in advance !!
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