Thank you for the advices.
I will start with trying Gutknecht
's CD version of Mint 13 Maya, from excollier
old post, (he doesn't specify if it is Mate or Cinnamon), since I really like Mint 13.
From advices and forum posts my options are:
Mint 12 lxde from CD (excollier
boot from the USB with Plop and install Linux Mint 13 "Maya" - Xfce (32-bit) (nunol
) (but I need to find instructions how to use Plop)
- CD version of Linux Mint 13 Maya 32-bit (Gutknecht
Trying to make a decision I summed up what I need the old laptop to do, a Sony Vaio PCG-5 AIM, 512 Ram, 60 GB hard drive, year 2003 or 2004:
I need the computer to connect easily with Internet dongles and WIFI.
I need to set up a LAMP environment since I'm working with CMS websites and Drupal 7.
I use intensively GIMP.
I need the video player to work (I use VLC).
I need to be able to have several programs open at the same time (usually Firefox, LibreOffice/Open Office, Gimp, Blue Fish Editor, Filezilla).
A year ago I installed Linux Mint 23 Maya Mate 64-bits on my Toshiba Portege R500, now a few years old but still my best laptop. Everything worked right from the beginning. LibreOffice is still sometimes slow to start and Firefox will slow down if I have too many windows open, which is a bit of a pain. The Software Manager stopped working after a while so I use the command line to install programs. I'm learning to use the command line so problems are getting easier to deal with. Note: the Toshiba Portege crtl keys don't work which is a real pain now that I use the command line and Drush. Eventually I intend to install Mint 14 Nadia on this laptop. If I install Linux on the Sony Vaio, which has also a larger screen, I would use this for web development.
I had installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba Portege in the past that I really liked but there were always issues that compelled me to buy a Windows netbook (I still refused to re-install Vista).
Yes, it was a very hot summer, who says that it always rains in Ireland?
Road racing is the ultimate bike experience! The Ulser Grand Prix is FANTASTIC! Well done for being one of the wonderful marshals. They killed motorcycling in England, I don't know about Ireland, but you don't see motorcyclists on the roads any more, nobody can afford it, especially young people. Another victory of the car industry. Very sad! Let's be aware that we have Microsoft breath on our neck, before we know it, we might end up in just a few with a Linux laptop. Cheers. francesca
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