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Which version do I need?

Post by sc2dave » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm

Some people tell me Mint or Mate is what I need. Others tell me that's too much,that it requires more than 2gb ram. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. I only use it for email, Youtube vids,websites. I don't do no other type of work on it. Can someone that knows, steer me to the right distro?

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by catweazel » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:08 pm

sc2dave wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm
Some people tell me Mint or Mate is what I need. Others tell me that's too much,that it requires more than 2gb ram. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. I only use it for email, Youtube vids,websites. I don't do no other type of work on it. Can someone that knows, steer me to the right distro?
On that machine I would look at Mint MATE or Mint Xfce. Cinnamon is quite the resource hog, unfortunately, so I'd give that a wide berth.
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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Mattyboy » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:15 pm

Depends on how old it is. I've just listed the model on Amazon and its listed as shipped with Windows VISTA.

If you have it running with Windows currently open the command prompt CMD and post the results of

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systeminfo
in a reply.

If its running Windows 10 then you should be good with the MATE desktop version.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by sc2dave » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:19 pm

The HD only has Mate, Windows was deleted. This Laptop is at least 7 years old. It's mint 18.3 Sylvia

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Mattyboy » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:22 pm

Well if you have MATE installed run

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inxi -Fxz
in terminal and post the results.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Schultz » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:54 pm

I don't understand this thread if you already have Mint Mate installed. Mint Xfce might run a bit better but I'm not sure you would notice a difference. If everything runs fine with Mint Mate, then you're already set.
System requirements (for Mint Mate 18.3):

1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3458

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:39 am

sc2dave wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm
Others tell me that's too much,that it requires more than 2gb ram.
Whoever they are, they are wrong. There is no Mint edition, where more than 2 GB RAM is needed or officially recommended. At least not for the mentioned tasks.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Moem » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:52 am

sc2dave wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm
Some people tell me Mint or Mate is what I need.
Mate is one of the available versions of Mint. There is Mint Cinnamon, Mint XFCE, Mint Mate and Mint KDE. Mate and XFCE are the lightweight versions, so one of these should run well on your low-specs machine. Cinnamon and KDE are heavier and require more resources; plus, KDE is going to be discontinued.

Either Mint Mate or Mint XFCE will serve you well.
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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Hoser Rob » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:50 am

As mentioned if yolu already have the Mate version and you're OK with it, it probably isn't worth reinstalling for Xfce.

Xfce has gotten more bloated over the years and isn't really significantly faster than Mate anymore. I run Mint Xfce on my netbook for now but I don't recommend Xfce now. It's too buggy and not really that fast. You want speed try Lubuntu. LXDE is fast.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by sc2dave » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:09 am

When I hover the cursor over the menu button, it states Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Arch_Enemy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:12 am

sc2dave wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm
Some people tell me Mint or Mate is what I need. Others tell me that's too much,that it requires more than 2gb ram. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. I only use it for email, Youtube vids,websites. I don't do no other type of work on it. Can someone that knows, steer me to the right distro?
Mint using the MATE desktop should run sufficiently on that machine. You can also load that up to 4G RAM no problem, and RAM for that machine should be fairly inexpensive now.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Moem » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:48 am

sc2dave wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:09 am
When I hover the cursor over the menu button, it states Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia.
That doesn't tell us the version (desktop environment) that you're running, so that doesn't help here.

Can you open a terminal and run the following command, and paste the output here?

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inxi -Sz
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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by sc2dave » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:29 pm

Kernel: 4.13.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Schultz » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:24 pm

So how well has Mate been working for you this past month? I would assume there really isn't a problem since you're still using it. :)

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by jamesb7a » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:21 pm

linux mint 18.3 MATE is perfection IMO and mint XFCE is very close to perfection, have been running these on 4 machines for over a year with no problems. I tried linux lite and hated it, I want to try KDE and cinnomin next.

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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by Snafu » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:26 am

I've been running Mint Cinnamon on an old Lenovo think centre that has 2 gig ram for a few months now with no problems at all
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Re: Which version do I need?

Post by wwfwng » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:26 am

I got the same advice years ago about an old laptop. They were right and Mint was a little heavy for it. I just lived with the slowness because a like mint. But if you want to try something a little lighter, consider Ubuntu.

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