After I read that xfce uses less resources and is better on old hardware I think about switching.
I use it on a laptop acer Aspire 5750Z and an Desktop with Intel i3 machine with at the moment just 4gig ram (other 4 gig are damaged) with just onboard graphics card (more damaged hardware but not really money now to replace everything haha).
Well, I am not a fan of reinstalling everything from scratch as you may can imagine.
I installed it that way:
- swap/core on a 1Gb and 20 Gb partition on my SSD, where my former Win 10 install is located (of course separate partition)
- home on a 150 Gb partition of a regular HDD
- everything (swap/core/home) on a 60 Gb partition on a HDD where also Win 7 is installed (separate partition of course)
For Laptop: I guess I will lose everything?
What is the reason for a fresh install? Why not just install the xfce package and continue to work with existing install?
What can happen? Bugs? Missing settings?
I have my account on this forum a bit longer. But as a former heavy gamer and making music, I did not really use Linux Mint before. Just tested a bit.
So I am totally inexperienced. I'm a total noob.
Now I need it mainly for office/surfing and I just keep my Win install for the case I need to use a program that runs better/only in Windows. But of course I want a faster but still nice looking and functional UI.
P.s.: Ohh one more question. Is the difference between Cinnamon and Xfce just UI and some settings or are there major differences? For example Audio Driver (I use an Audigy 2 EX Platinum which works and I want to keep it as it sounds so much better than onboard), available programs in packet manager etc.