These next questions are ones most people probably don't care about but I'm curious about it. Do you just have to use the images supplied or can you use your own like in Windows? Another thing I'd like to ask about is the mouse pointers. Can a person customize those in Mint 14 as well? I have a few that I got online(they are .cur and .ani files) that I switch up every now and then because the plain arrow is boring. Can these be used in Mint 14 XFCE?
I2k4 wrote:I've been dual booting Windows 7 with something similar to Mint 11 XFCE (namely Lubuntu 10.10) on an Acer netbook with same specs for about two years. I use Linux mainly for secure internet browsing away from home, and enjoy it.
I'm not willing to "move up" to later versions on the netbook because the resource demands of later versions are pretty much the same as Windows 7. I wouldn't get the performance premium that I get with the older Ubuntu version. Get used to the sad fact that netbooks with our specs are old hat and operating systems, including most mainstream Linux versions, have left them far behind.
What I suggest is that using Windows you install Mint 14 XFCE on a "Live USB" using this installer:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal- ... -as-1-2-3/
You can test Mint 14 out, knowing it will run even better after installation on the hard drive, and you can install on the hard drive when you're satisfied you know what you're getting into. You should do a "Persistent" install, say using a 4 GB USB try 2 GB of Persistence, which allows you save your settings and install software between boot ups. This gives you an excellent "feel" for the operating system and available software to see if you can really get along without Windows and whether it will perform well on your Acer.
KBD47 wrote:You may need to try a couple of Mint versions. Mint 12 on my kav60 acer netbooks was excellent, suspend worked, but not so from Mint 13. However on my d255e acer netbook Mint 13 xfce worked great, including suspend.
I think with bios I had the usb ready with Mint on it and plugged in, at startup hit f2 and choose the usb for first boot and it's ready to go.
KBD47 wrote:I'm not using xfce at the moment, but can't you add xfce-goodies and get a brightness applet added on to the panel for quick brightness adjustment?
Sudo setpci -s "00:02.0" F4.B=30
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