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Old 01. Dec 2010, 07:53 AM   #71 (permalink)
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Yes, nice to be trodden into place by Jojo, but I guess his unqualified expertise and commitment to getting things right qualifies him to take such actions

Just broadening this out a bit, where all of the smaller and potentially "better" distros fall down is support. This isn't surprising since they cannot hope to match the resources of Ubuntu but still remains a fact.

I posted a query on the Peppermint forum over a week ago now about a topic which I know will be affecting many others and no response. Same with Zorin. I appreciate that a lot of this is covered in the Ubuntu forums but then it's often hard to search because of the sheer volume in there and then why not just use Ubuntu anyway?

I also meant to mention earlier that a nice touch with Peppermint in the permanent panel icon advising about the system update status. Windows migrants in particular will be used to the comfort feeling induced by shields with green ticks in as most of the 20 or so security apps they would have used also employed a similar feature
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Old 01. Dec 2010, 08:25 AM   #72 (permalink)
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Why don't you try installing Xfce, Rox, FVWM-Crystal, EDE, and Étoilé, while you are at it? Then let us know which one works out the best. I understand Enlightenment can be used as a desktop environment on its own also, so lets throw that one in there too.
Huh...? I don't think I'll go to that extent. A try on the LXDE session is for the purpose to find out who's the culprit who disabled my transparent panel.
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Man I am glad you are not my doctor! "Here take these pills. They have some slight side effects, like you will go blind, but it is no big deal."
I'm shy to say this in front of our Doctor MC. No doubt I understand that when you take these pills, you will have some side effects such as intermittent headaches when you exercise your brain too much and yet can't get things right, but you see I also give you some pain killers that have no side effects.

The pain killers are iDesk, which will put back desktop icons if you need them.
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Just broadening this out a bit, where all of the smaller and potentially "better" distros fall down is support. This isn't surprising since they cannot hope to match the resources of Ubuntu but still remains a fact.

I posted a query on the Peppermint forum over a week ago now about a topic which I know will be affecting many others and no response. Same with Zorin. I appreciate that a lot of this is covered in the Ubuntu forums but then it's often hard to search because of the sheer volume in there and then why not just use Ubuntu anyway?
Good views MC. My adventures with other distros so far are not so smooth as I have with Ubuntu, personally speaking.
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iDesk is pretty cool. I did not know it existed. I remember once running across a thread on how to have different wallpapers on every desktop, but it had the side effect of making your icons go away. Perchance iDesk would solve that.

I don't use desktop icons to launch programs. I use gnome-do. But I do use my desktop as a temporary work area, and have files I am working on or with scattered about.
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Good views MC. My adventures with other distros so far are not so smooth as I have with Ubuntu, personally speaking.
This is a good point but on the same basis e.g., bits not working, intermittent other faults, difficulty with settings, available support, how would you say that Ubuntu compares to Windows 7? (forgetting the cost aspect)
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...on the same basis e.g., bits not working, intermittent other faults, difficulty with settings, available support, how would you say that Ubuntu compares to Windows 7? (forgetting the cost aspect)
Actually that's the aspect which I can't forget.

Which system is better? Seriously, no software is perfect and the operating systems by themselve are software which entails updates and patches for enhancements. My view is that both systems have pros and cons. I can't say exactly which is better overall. The best option to me is to keep them both in my PC for a dual boot.

If I spend time on the Internet, my preference is using a Linux distro as it runs faster, even the browsers seem to perform quicker on it. Now I use online apps such as Google Docs more often, so time spent on the Internet is longer. I only boot into Windows when I need to run certain programs that only run on Windows.
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After a few more tries, I noticed that I need not discharge the file manager PCmanFM from rendering wallpaper and desktop icons. Let it do both jobs as usual. The only thing is that it doesn't do well for the transparent panel, let the light image viewer or desktop manager Feh to overwrite it another time using the same image and scaling as you set for your wallpaper. And this trick works well for me. The steps are now revised as follows:
  1. Install feh from Software Manager
  2. In Terminal, enter sudo leafpad
  3. Open up this file /etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint/autostart and add the following line at the end of the file, in which the wallpaper peppermint-wisp-wide.png is used.
    @feh --bg-scale /usr/share/peppermint/wallpapers/peppermint-wisp-wide.png
  4. Save the file, log out and log back in.

Now if you select "Solid color (with opacity)" in Panel Preferences and adjust the opacity level, the panel is then transparent. Give it a spin if you're interested.

More options are available by using Feh to match your settings.
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I only boot into Windows when I need to run certain programs that only run on Windows.
Well I'm going to interpret this as a preference for Linux

I'm actually back with Ubuntu now because the file errors I was getting with Peppermint have developed further. I still don't understand this because I copied gigs of stuff over from the USB drive with no problem after install then all of a sudden it would only allow me to drag and drop files/folders from there instead of copy/paste. This was OK then, but now it's selectively refusing to open some of these files unless they are on the external drive. I'm worried about corrupting what I have on there somehow which is what I use to restore everything when I'm swapping systems. Consequently I'm back with 10.10 which will no doubt please Torres
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I'm actually back with Ubuntu now because the file errors I was getting with Peppermint have developed further.
This probably isn't the proper forum, but I would love to see someone put together a brief article on how to change Linux distributions.

MC, since you change about every week, maybe you could draft something? Now that I've got Peppermint installed on my laptop (and I deleted both my XP and Recovery partitions), how would I go about installing Ubuntu 10.10 over top of or instead of Peppermint?
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