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by graeme
Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Install Olivia on top of Raring
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Install Olivia on top of Raring

The reasons for the recommendtion do not really apply (as not much would actually need to be upgraded), but I think I will play it safe and stick to Ubuntu + MATE
by graeme
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: Absolutely LOVE MATE!
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: Absolutely LOVE MATE!

I agree. Mate can be configured to use less screen space than Unity (using the Window Picker and Maximus) and it remains configurable (unlike Unity). It is light, fast and reliable. With a bit of themeing it looks cool. I use Kupfer as my launcher and have top and side panels and everything is a cli...
by graeme
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Install Olivia on top of Raring
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Install Olivia on top of Raring

I have Ubuntu Raring installed. I already use MATE (great desktop - its already much better than I remember Gnome 2 being) so I am moving in a Minty direction. Is it possible to install Olivia MATE on top of Raring without a complete fresh install? Will it make much of a difference given I already h...
by graeme
Tue May 21, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2381

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

I would have contributed if I had known about it (and I still may). Geary is exactly what I want from an email client, bar the lack of POP support. 1) Conversation view 2) Stores mail in a SQlite database: reliable and searchable (they use SQlite's full text search as well). I do not want to use web...
by graeme
Mon May 20, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Please give me decent reason to stick with Linux
Replies: 35
Views: 5937

Re: Please give me decent reason to stick with Linux

Linux and free software are all about "do it yourself". If you don't want to learn and build your "home" with parts you choose and let down parts that you don't want, then buy an all-in-one/one-for-all pre-made OS. Linux is not an exact and free (gratis) Windows replacement and ...
by graeme
Sun May 19, 2013 4:14 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Differences between Mint and Ubuntu + Cinnamon
Replies: 0
Views: 950

Differences between Mint and Ubuntu + Cinnamon

I am currently using Ubuntu (12.04 and 13.04 on different computers). I like Cinnamon (I tried Mint 14 but had issues with it on the hardware I wanted to use it on). I know there is a PPA for Cinnamon on Ubuntu. What would the differences be between Mint 15 Cinnamon and Ubuntu 13.04 with Cinnamon? I...
by graeme
Sun May 19, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Nixie Pixel would marry Mint it seems ;-)
Replies: 22
Views: 5634

Re: Nixie Pixel would marry Mint it seems ;-)

you Can't Make money by giving Stuff For Free You can. LOTS of open source projects and companies are profitable. Red Hat is very profitable and the distro is entirely open source. Lots of smaller projects produce substantial income for the developers too: as a platform for selling consultancy or s...
by graeme
Sun May 19, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux Format 8 page article on Linux Mint! (free online)
Replies: 13
Views: 3783

Re: Linux Format 8 page article on Linux Mint! (free online)

The history of Mint of interesting (no doubt old new to Mint old timers). How it started probably explains (among other things) Mints superb community. Easily the distro forums I feel most at home on.
by graeme
Sun May 19, 2013 3:21 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Please give me decent reason to stick with Linux
Replies: 35
Views: 5937

Re: Please give me decent reason to stick with Linux

Windows was created to be a idiot proof OS, These are the words of Bill Gates himself. Therefore you don't get choices as to the inner workin In my experience Linux is a lot more idiot proof than WIndows. People who regularly mess up or break Windows do better with Linux, with an appropriate set up...
by graeme
Fri May 17, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)

The LMDE installer did run the second time (I think I simply did not wait long enough the first) but its still does not work with the wifi out of the box. I had hoped that a newer kernel and drivers would fix it. I needed to get it working, and I had stability issues with Mint 14 (I think something ...
by graeme
Fri May 17, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: rt3290 driver prevents suspend
Replies: 1
Views: 825

Re: rt3290 driver prevents suspend

Confirmed that wifi works in Ubuntu 2013.4, but bluetooth does not.

As suggested in the Ubuntu forums using this driver should solve it, but I have not tried that yet.
by graeme
Fri May 17, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Tips on maximising vertical space in Cinnamon please
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Re: Tips on maximising vertical space in Cinnamon please

To answer my own question: 1) The maximus daemon which removes the title bars from maximised windows. Its in the repos. The maximus extension does not seem to do anything. At the monent I have both installed which makes some windows (e.g. terminal invlisble). I am sure this can be fixed. 2) There ar...
by graeme
Wed May 15, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)

It has its disadvantages :( . The laptop I bought has issues with wifi and bluetooth. 1) Linux Mint 14 needs work to get the wifi (installing driver plus firmware) working, and it then does not suspend to RAM unless I first disconnet the wifi and then turn it off with the hardware switch. 2) LMDE in...
by graeme
Wed May 15, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Tips on maximising vertical space in Cinnamon please
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Tips on maximising vertical space in Cinnamon please

Are there any ways to maximise vertical space other than auto-hiding the panel, or making it and window title bars smaller? For example, on XFCE I use one vertical panel, and the horizontal panel is configured to be a wingpanel that overlaps the title bar. Are there similar things I can do with Cinn...
by graeme
Wed May 15, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: rt3290 driver prevents suspend
Replies: 1
Views: 825

rt3290 driver prevents suspend

I had a problem getting wifi working on my HP Probook 4540s with Mint 14.1 Cinnamon. I tried a number of things but what eventually worked was downloading, compiling and installing the rt3290sta driver from the the Mediatek site http://www.mediatek.com/_en/07_downloads/01-1_windowsDetail.php?sn=5033...
by graeme
Wed May 15, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)

Just to add a few things. ThinkPenguin gave very full answers to questions I emailed. ALusa, the other Linux specialist I contacted were also fairly helpful. I ended up buying locally because I found an OS free laptop with a spec I liked, and with only one (fixable) device driver issue with Linux. I...
by graeme
Thu May 09, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: How much harder to use and "rough edged" is LMDE
Replies: 11
Views: 3227

Re: How much harder to use and "rough edged" is LMDE

Thanks Monsta, those links are very informative.

Mostly the annoyances are things I can live with, so I think I will be installing LMDE on at least one computer, although possibly not on our two work laptops.
by graeme
Sun May 05, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)

I have looked at Linux Preloaded before, but I had another look just now and found another two possible vendors. One (Alusa) ships worldwide and has a config I like. They do not seem to preinstall Mint, but if it comes with Ubuntu Mint should be OK. No on to the detailed price/spec comparison stag f...
by graeme
Sun May 05, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: Choosing a laptop (Think Penguin?)

@xenopeek,Thanks, sounds good. People expecting a full travel keyboard on anything very thin are going to be disappointed. I am used to a netbook so I am no longer that bothered. That they are a Mint partner and that there are no hardware issues are big plusses as I intend trying LMDE on this one. B...
by graeme
Sun May 05, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: How much harder to use and "rough edged" is LMDE
Replies: 11
Views: 3227

Re: How much harder to use and "rough edged" is LMDE

Thw answers are as I hoped, so my next OS install is probably going to be LMDE. I really like the idea od a rolling release distro Have you used any of them, or do you just like the idea? :) I used PCLinuxOS, but it was a while back. I would prefer a Debian (familiarity) or Fedora (because of RPM de...

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