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Old 01. Dec 2010, 08:16 PM   #81 (permalink)
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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?

Simple, just boot the Ubuntu live CD, choose install (or "try Ubuntu" and then install from the desktop icon). It will give you the option to wipe and use the whole disk. Done!

So long as you have a reliable connection you should choose to install the updates and third party packages during the install process by ticking the two appropriate boxes.

They can't write distros quick enough for me to try. Haven't got a clue what I'm doing but it's great fun
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Old 02. Dec 2010, 05:11 AM   #82 (permalink)
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...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 not sure if this is related to PCmanFM (version 0.9.7) which is the default file manager currently used by Peppermint.

Somehow I like the design of PCmanFM and it's lighter, but the current version doesn't properly display wallpaper under a transparent panel while Feh does it better (see my earlier posts in this thread).

This morning I ran a LXDE session from Ubuntu. LXDE relies on PCmanFM to take charge of wallpaper and you can see the screenshot attached. PCmanFM seems to have forgotten to handle the wallpaper under a transparent panel, the background of the panel got carried over from the Ubuntu log-in screen.

According to a post by Mark in August 2010, he reported that the transparecny panel worked with PCmanFM version 0.5.2 but not with version 0.9.7.

I dont' understand why there's a rush to use this version when it's still a so-called RC1 (0.9.7) version. The developer of PCmanFM got some bug reports, but those "are not bugs" as claimed in this blog.
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Old 02. Dec 2010, 07:48 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is related to PCmanFM (version 0.9.7) which is the default file manager currently used by Peppermint.
Thanks Jojo, possibly it is but beyond my capabilities to decipher or even care that much about as I need something which works.

This is a real shame because everything else with Peppermint has been been faster and (for me) a better experience than Ubuntu. Silly things like window design and stuff maybe but each has their own expectations about how they want something to look and work in use.

If the next release of Peppermint includes the upgraded support for mobile broadband as in Ubuntu 10.10 then it will be no brainer for me so long as this file manager thing is also fixed

I agree it doesn't make much sense to move forward with a version which to all intents and purposes is still in development, unless of course you're looking to exploit some unofficial "community testing". Maybe there's a link with Comodo?
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Old 02. Dec 2010, 08:28 AM   #84 (permalink)
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I agree it doesn't make much sense to move forward with a version which to all intents and purposes is still in development, unless of course you're looking to exploit some unofficial "community testing". Maybe there's a link with Comodo?
Woops, are we becoming a member of the community?

According to Wiki, LXDE project was started in 2006 by Taiwanese hacker known as PCMan. The first module of LXDE is the file manager PCManFM, published by him as well.

Both PCManFM and LXPanel are default components of LXDE. By right they should work very well together within the same desktop environment.
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Woops, are we becoming a member of the community?

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You mean assimilated by the Borg - ah, no that was "Collective"

Well, here's another bit of useless information for everyone. For folks wanting a blue theme for Ubuntu, if you elect to use the "elementary" icon set the new mail panel notification for Thunderbird changes from silver to blue instead of green! Love it

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Old 03. Dec 2010, 08:13 AM   #86 (permalink)
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According to Wiki, LXDE project was started in 2006 by Taiwanese hacker known as PCMan. The first module of LXDE is the file manager PCManFM, published by him as well.

Both PCManFM and LXPanel are default components of LXDE. By right they should work very well together within the same desktop environment.
Still issues concerning the file manager being posted in the Peppermint forum which considering the relatively small user numbers involved is a concern. Hopefully this will be fully addressed in the next release.
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A very uninspiring review of Peppermint was just posted. See here for the review:

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/peppermint.html

Since dual-booting with Peppermint and Linux Mint, to be honest, I can't remember the last time I booted into Peppermint. IMO, Mint is a much better OS for me.
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A very uninspiring review of Peppermint was just posted. See here for the review:

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/peppermint.html

Since dual-booting with Peppermint and Linux Mint, to be honest, I can't remember the last time I booted into Peppermint. IMO, Mint is a much better OS for me.
I tend to agree to the point that I now run Mint on both machines
Another big update today by the way - Open Office mostly this time - soon there will be nothing left from my original install

I still think Peppermint is a good lightweight option for someone just moving to Linux although it doesn't appear to have got past the "going somewhere" stage to achieve full "got there" status
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I tend to agree to the point that I now run Mint on both machines
Another big update today by the way - Open Office mostly this time - soon there will be nothing left from my original install

I still think Peppermint is a good lightweight option for someone just moving to Linux although it doesn't appear to have got past the "going somewhere" stage to achieve full "got there" status
Ubuntu and Linux Mint, even Ubuntu Netbook Remix ran really sluggish on my netbook. Peppermint runs quite smooth and gets the job done. For that I think it is great, but as a desktop OS, no, here Linux Mint is hard to beat.
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Ubuntu and Linux Mint, even Ubuntu Netbook Remix ran really sluggish on my netbook. Peppermint runs quite smooth and gets the job done. For that I think it is great, but as a desktop OS, no, here Linux Mint is hard to beat.
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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