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by xfrank
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Should I update my kernel
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: Should I update my kernel

If you're concerned about security (as you should be), then you should update the kernel. But stay within the 4.4 series. The latest one is 4.4.0-93. Staying within the 4.4 series should keep anything from breaking (but YMMV). +1 A couple of days ago I've updated my Mint 18.2 system to kernel 4.11 ...
by xfrank
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Minimum system requirements
Replies: 11
Views: 191

Re: Minimum system requirements

Most of Linux users have old hardware, often PCs and laptops more than 10 years old. I guess that by 2023 will be still alive and working a lot of machines from 2005-2008. So, dropping 32bit would be a wrong move. About applications or programs, I'm confident that Firefox and LibreOffice 32bit will ...
by xfrank
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Should I update my kernel
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: Should I update my kernel

If you're concerned about security (as you should be), then you should update the kernel. But stay within the 4.4 series. The latest one is 4.4.0-93. Staying within the 4.4 series should keep anything from breaking (but YMMV). +1 A couple of days ago I've updated my Mint 18.2 system to kernel 4.11 ...
by xfrank
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Solved] How to update Libre
Replies: 41
Views: 714

Re: How to update Libre

LO 5.3.x will most likely never appear in the official repositories. So you have either to add a matching PPA or download the file and install it. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade A very dangerous advice, as it circumvents the safety of the level system of the update manager...
by xfrank
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Tux Attacks
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Tux Attacks

Funny!

Maybe the guy is MS_Windows! 8)
by xfrank
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: don't know where to ask this, but what cloud storage do you use?
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: don't know where to ask this, but what cloud storage do you use?

Dropbox, the free service. I've "upped" the basic 2 GB to 8.5 GB. And that's enough for me...
by xfrank
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Most secure distro
Replies: 17
Views: 513

Re: Most secure distro

Tails is considered the most "secure", but browsing with TOR is really slow...
by xfrank
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” Xfce released!
Replies: 6
Views: 997

Re: Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” Xfce released!

Thanks Clem! I've upgraded today and so far all is OK. I'm typing right now from Sonya Xfce. :)

*update: I had to fix brightness and volume keys adding acpi_backlight=vendor in grub. A minor issue, for the rest all is working great. I didn't notice any increase in memory usage.
by xfrank
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 87
Views: 4823

Re: Lightweight distros for old computers

Was just released a new version of Sparky Linux based on Debian Stable (LXDE and Xfce). In the past I've tried the Debian Testing based edition, and this Debian spin is indeed fast on old hardware. I don't like very much Testing because the updates are excessive (too much, time-consuming and causing...
by xfrank
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Lightweight distros for old computers
Replies: 87
Views: 4823

Re: Lightweight distros for old computers

I have tried again MX16 Linux (Xfce), this time the 64 bit version. It's simply amazing! At idle it consumes 267MB RAM only, after the usual tweaking (removing daemons from startup, mostly). And it is so responsive and fast. How a nice distro! It has the same lightness and speed of pure Debian Xfce,...
by xfrank
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!
Replies: 14
Views: 742

Re: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!

Thanks Mik3e. I installed gnome-color-chooser and I tried to change that elements, but there is no effect. Instead, this solution worked (partially) for me: https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/507 In short, you have to create a gtk.css file in /home/config/gtk-3.0/ This file will contr...
by xfrank
Wed May 31, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!
Replies: 14
Views: 742

Re: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!

3 - the less customizable Mate desktop (compared to Xfce; but Caja is better than Thunar) I'm interested in knowing what is less customizable as I find just the opposite. The only thing about LMDE that bothers me is application version numbers lagging behind Mint. I've noticed this with QupZilla an...
by xfrank
Tue May 30, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!
Replies: 14
Views: 742

Re: LMDE 2 Mate 32: Very nice!

For example, Libre office or wine or vlc player. Are they working the same or even better? Have the same level of security or stability? LibreOffice and any other program works exactly as in the Ubuntu branch of LM. But LMDE2 is overall lighter, so there is more room for programs, if the RAM is tig...
by xfrank
Mon May 29, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: 32 bit vs 64 bit [SOLVED]
Replies: 63
Views: 4206

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: 4206

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: 179

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: 87
Views: 4823

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: 14
Views: 742

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: 14
Views: 742

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: 488

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. :)

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