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Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:00 am
by superBOB
Hi

I'm looking for a smooth and fast OS for my Acer Aspire One 751. I run Ubuntu on my desktop so I wanted something different for the laptop. I tried Xubuntu but wasn't entirely convinced (everything was a bit too small).

I want to try Mint XFCE and have installed regular Mint in the meantime. I take it that XFCE will be faster than regular?

Also, how does one switch from one to the other? I won't have to resintall everything, will I?

Thanks.

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:53 am
by szamot83
When I was testing Xununtu and comparising it to Mint XFCE CE - Mint was better, faster and nicer. Now I don't even testing Xubuntu, because I thing it is wasting of my time.

Check it, and post here what do you think about it.

Second distro which you should check is Jolicloud - it has few great solutions which you won't find in other distros.

No, there is no need to reinstall everything. Just add mint repository to your sources.list and install proper meta package.
I can't post those entry's because I'm using Mint 8 (with XFCE) and this version don't have XFCE CE yet. Maybe someone who use Mint 7 XFCE CE will post it.

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:17 pm
by superBOB
I tried Mint 7 XFCE. Unfortunately, I couldn't fix my screen resolution (the fix I was using before only works with Karmic and I couldn't get the Jaunty one to work).

I tried Jolicloud and I'm impressed !
It recognised everything straight away, including my unusual 1366x768 resolution, something no other OS has done.
It looks very good. It is a bit unusual so I'm going to try it for a few days. There's no package manager for a start, which is a bit off putting. Couldn't figure out how to add a battery indicator either.

I'll stick with this until Mint 8 XFCE comes out.

BTW, this is a great way of juggling with mulitple distros on netbooks : http://liveusb.info/dotclear/

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:24 pm
by szamot83
From what site you have downloaded Jolicloud?

If you have downloaded from Jolicloud Homepage, than have you chose torrent or FTP?

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:44 pm
by superBOB
There were no seeders for torrent so I dl'ed straight from the site.

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:23 pm
by szamot83
You've got to be invited very fast.
The FTP file is early alpha, if you download torrent, than it will be prebeta with many improvements.

Re: Switching to XFCE edition

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:40 pm
by superBOB
No the file I got was also pre-beta.