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Old 03. Feb 2011, 10:54 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Thats because Gnome is a dog LXDE even runs faster on modern hardware. Although 140megs of RAM is a bit high for Openbox+LXDE, makes me think Lubuntu is still a better starting choice than Peppermint.

Of course - at the end of the day none of the beats Enlightenment IMO

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Yes Jeff we know. In fact I have been considering trying Bodhi on the netbook. What do you think the results will be? Its an acer aspire one, w/ ssd.
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Yes Jeff we know. In fact I have been considering trying Bodhi on the netbook. What do you think the results will be? Its an acer aspire one, w/ ssd.
Posting this from my Asus netbook with Bodhi and it also runs get on my mother's Acer netbook. E is much faster than Gnome and on par with LXDE.

If the netbook's hardware works with Ubuntu/Mint it will also work under Bodhi

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Thanks Jeff. I will try it and let you all know how it goes. It will be the first time I have ever installed a Linux disto that uses Enlightenment. (I have tested some Live CD images in the past with it though)

The latest thing I tested on my Acer was Chromium OS. It ran OK, but I was not able to get the wireless to work. But my main question about it would be, "Why in world is it so freaken huge? The install was like 2GB and it is nothing but a web os? Anyway I was not too impressed with it. I connected to the LAN with a cable, and browsed and watched a couple of videos. Performace wise it was fine, and it booted in about 15-20seconds, but I don't think I am ready to move to a web based only model yet. IMO as a browser centered OS xPUD is better, it boots faster, and it works with skype. I doubt Google will start supporting skype any time soon.
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Well I downloaded and installed Bodhi today on my netbook. For the most part it has worked quite well. Boot is very fast, responsiveness is very good, and wireless worked out of the box. I have also been inpressed with the smoothness of flash video. That is one thing that I always have had trouble with. Only thing was once enlightenment suddenly poped up an error message, and before I could read it, the netbook shutdown.
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Well I downloaded and installed Bodhi today on my netbook. For the most part it has worked quite well. Boot is very fast, responsiveness is very good, and wireless worked out of the box. I have also been inpressed with the smoothness of flash video. That is one thing that I always have had trouble with. Only thing was once enlightenment suddenly poped up an error message, and before I could read it, the netbook shutdown.
Is that reproducible?...

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Is that reproducible?...

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Well at the time I wrote that I did not know what happened, but now I do. I got the same message again when I pushed the power button to shut down. Apparently I must have accidentally pushed it before. I guess I expected a shut down dialogue to pop up, like in some other distros. It would be nice at least if it asked are you sure you want to exit.
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Go into your ACPI bindings to configure what the power button does. Typically I only push my power button when I want my system to shut down :P

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Typically I only push my power button when I want my system to shut down :P
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Well on my Acer netbook, the button is not so well recessed, and when I carry it from one room to another in my right hand, the power button always ends up under the ball of my thumb. I have had the netbook for three years and I would say I have only accidentally pushed the power button that way twice or maybe three times, so it is not really that big of deal.

Did I mention I am very impressed with the boot speed? It is not as fast as moblin, meego, or xPud, but it is very close. 18 sec from grub to full desktop. Plus 4 or 5 seconds to connect to wireless. So easily less than 30 seconds and I can be browsing the net.

So sorry Peppermint, I think you have some very solid competition on the netbook side of things.
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Peppermint two is now released.

http://peppermintos.com/

Not minimalistic, but described instead as lightweight, it is good to see this distro still developing.

Now based on Ubuntu 11.04 I had a quick look via a live USB key.

Not as cool looking as Bodhi but many users will appreciate the more traditional layout, menu and settings options. Even so, the entire look and feel has been revamped in accordance with user feedback since version one. Chromium is now the default browsers but there are plenty of alternatives for this and other apps which are easily installable via the Software Center or Synaptic.

Peppermint is a great alternative for those wanting a simpler alternative to Ubuntu or Mint.
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