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by xfrank
Mon May 29, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: 32 bit vs 64 bit [SOLVED]
Replies: 63
Views: 2727

Re: 32 bit vs 64 bit [SOLVED]

Interesting... anyone has tested Firefox to compare the 32 / 64 bit versions in Linux? My feeling that the 32 bit version is faster is just anecdotal an can be hardware-specific.
by xfrank
Mon May 29, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: 32 bit vs 64 bit [SOLVED]
Replies: 63
Views: 2727

Re: 32 bit vs 64 bit [SOLVED]

I've found that while Linux 32 bit performs slightly better on old / weak hardware with 2GB RAM, Firefox 32 bit is noticeably faster / more responsive that its 64 bit version. Here there is a benchmark on Windows: https://www.raymond.cc/blog/mozilla-firefox-64bit-build-performance-compared-to-32bit/...
by xfrank
Thu May 25, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: install fails beacause x-server
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: install fails beacause x-server

Didn't work, but now I know why: https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/via-chrome-9-drivers/2088 Openchrome (the driver for Chrome 9) is broken in the kernel, from 3.4. LM13 has kernel 3.2. To use this computer with Linux, I have to find a distro that still use kernel 3.2, or find a way to install a modif...
by xfrank
Sun May 21, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Lightweight distros for old computers

I've tried yesterday pure Debian Xfce (32-bit). Wow! It's very good for old / weak hardware. After some minor tweaks, it idles at 129 MB RAM, and it's very responsive / fast. This on a 9 years old desktop with Core 2 duo 1.86 GHz / 1GB RAM. Amazing, really an excellent distro. Installation is easy, ...
by xfrank
Sun May 21, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!

So is not good...yet Yes it's good, I'd prefer LMDE2 hands down for old and weak machines, it's noticeably faster/more responsive. About the "bugs", I've found that are not, really bugs, theme selector works OK. And about Mate, well... it's a matter of taste. I still prefer Xfce, but also...
by xfrank
Sun May 21, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!

Boot time ... slower??? Not for me. Boot time and shutdown is lightning fast on my laptop. I'm running 64 bit though It might be hardware-specific. I ran LMDE 2 MATE 64-bit and it took a bit longer to boot on my (not very new) laptop than normal Mint. I'd do some benchmarks now but I'm rolling Debi...
by xfrank
Wed May 17, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Windows is dead.
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: Windows is dead.

That was my same experience in 2012. My only regret is not having "upgraded" from Windows to Linux earlier.

Welcome to our community, enjoy Linux Mint. :)
by xfrank
Wed May 17, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: install fails beacause x-server
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: install fails beacause x-server

I will try forcevesa and nomodeset. Thanks for the advice.
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: install fails beacause x-server
Replies: 4
Views: 137

install fails beacause x-server

I'm trying to install a new version of Mint (whatever, but preferably LM18 Xfce or LMDE 2 Mate 32 bit) in an old Athlon 64 x2 PC (2GB RAM). This is to change the old LM13 Xfce 32 bit installation. The problem here are the integrated graphics: x-server won't work at the very beginning of the installa...
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Linux Mint 13 has reached end of life

I know there are risks, and you are right. I will ask for help to install a new Mint on that PC.
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Linux Mint 13 has reached end of life

Moreover, I'm FORCED to stay with LM 13 because my old PC (Athlon 64 x2, 2GB RAM) has a crappy Igpu that prevent x-server to start when installing Linux. I've tried many workarounds, but no luck. Today I tried LMDE 2, and no, wont' install because the x-server problem. I don't remember exactly what ...
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: minor bugs (Mate customization)
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: minor bugs (Mate customization)

Thanks Xeno, I can live without the brushed aluminum background... :lol:
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Linux Mint 13 has reached end of life

I opened today my PC in my office at the University and found that LM 13 (Xfce, x86) is still receiving some updates (some of them from ubuntu-precise). :?:
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Any word...
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: Any word...

A much newer kernel for those with new hardware. Systemd. A new GTK version which will make you more compatible with Mint-Y. And of course an updated version of almost all your software. :mrgreen: And as usual, the number is higher therefore it's better. :mrgreen: Not always! Older hardware prefer ...
by xfrank
Tue May 16, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: minor bugs (Mate customization)
Replies: 2
Views: 110

minor bugs (Mate customization)

Experimenting with LMDE 2 I've found some minor bugs: 1 - theme selector is not working properly, won't select clearly different themes and whatever modification on a "main" theme (even just typography) force to a "customized" theme- 2 - once the mint-x theme has been modified, t...
by xfrank
Mon May 15, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: upgrade LibreOffice (solved)
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: upgrade LibreOffice

Well, I did by myself: created the backports file and then upgraded LibreOffice in the terminal via Jessie backports. All went fine, apparently there is no bug. Now the LO version is 5.2.5.1 :)
by xfrank
Mon May 15, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom

thanks phd21, I installed the pinta-daily ppa. About kolourpaint I'm tempted to try it but I worry about the KDE dependencies (usually huge), I have Cinnamon and Xfce. :)
by xfrank
Mon May 15, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom

I have Mint 18 Xfce.
I've found a solution:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/pinta/+bug/1464855

post number 2: "putting manually the value in the value box but without the % symbol. Tested on two different computers."
It works! :!:
by xfrank
Mon May 15, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom

I can confirm that I cannot do that (enlarge the picture) in two different pcs, a laptop and a desktop, either with 1.6 and 1.7 version of Pinta. :? *UPDATE I just upgraded 1.6 to 1.7 on my desktop and zoom works now (typing directly in the zoom % box). :) *UPDATE 2 No, it's not working again, after...
by xfrank
Mon May 15, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Using Pinta: image always at 100% zoom

OK, no problem. :)

This zoom "bug" in Pinta is very annoying, it forces me to use Gimp instead, that is not convenient (for just "light" tweaks a small program is better)

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