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Old 30. May 2012, 08:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Because of what's being talked about here, I put Cinnamon x64 back on this machine today. Still a few niggles but nothing major and certainly less than you get with many other distros.

For me, the Software Manager sometimes freezes with a message that I can either wait or quit. The most annoying is I'm greeted with a shiny black box on boot from which to start my DSL connection but clicking on "connect" does nothing and the window remains in place. Clicking "cancel" on the other hand gets rid of the black window and underneath is a smaller plain one. Clicking on this does activate the connection although sometimes I have to repeat the process twice. Also couldn't get the hardware panel monitor to show up despite going down the Cinnamon Extras PPA route for it and also trying the previous folder extract method into local/share etc. Suddenly after two reboots though it appears. As I said though, only minor glitches.

Looking at such an impressive display you would be inclined to think "bloatsville" but in fact the CPU and memory use is hardly much more than for Solus OS.

Guess I'd better stick with this for a while then and be part of the future, instead of the past.
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Old 30. May 2012, 04:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If the choice is to either to walk through a brier patch and go with the future, then I will remain in the past (temporarily) and travel the well worn path. The thing is, one shouldn't have to put up with the [BUGS] just to use a computer and if your using it to actually get things done then it is no longer an annoyance.

To complain about a particular problem or problems is not disparaging someone else's results. There are variables that may only effect one's hardware or drivers and work perfectly fine on another's computer. Like what was said previously ...

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Old 30. May 2012, 07:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I guess I should add that I also have a partition reserved for linux testing. I have to say I actually enjoy spinning up a linux CD and installing it so I can test it out... OK I have fun while doing it

I like to use it for a couple of weeks before moving on. It takes me that long because its easy to fall in love but not unlike my early dating years I find staying with it for the long term takes on different expectations. That and I'm not as technically inclined as some and it takes a little longer for this bonehead to put it through its paces
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Old 30. May 2012, 08:46 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It takes me years to warm up to an OS. I started considering centos and mint approx. 1-2 years before I decided they ought to be deployed in my production setup.
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Old 31. May 2012, 08:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Now using Maya Cinnamon full time and still only a few minor issues such as the occasional freeze with Panel Edit Mode and repositioning icons at the other end. Still, as former Windows users we're used to this right?

4 Speaker sound is a bit "ify" but even VLC crackles its way into a stable state after about 30 seconds so I can't complain because with my card the sound breaks completely with some distros.

There are really some good applets around now although the weather offering won't work on my system. It installs fine, but depending on which theme I choose, I either get an unrecognisable blob instead of the pop-up config window, or the window is perfectly formed but empty of things to click on.

I love the All-in-one Places applet but would love to know either:
  • How to set this to open Dolphin instead of the default file manager, or...
  • How to change the ghastly green folder icons for anything else!

Tried their forum but nothing yet.
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Old 31. May 2012, 09:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Heck, its hit or miss when it comes to these driver issues. I cant blame linux though, the makers have to get on board and lend support. I hope they are not beholden to the almighty MS. A smarter tactic would be to support all systems, but then what do I know about big business.
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Now worked out the changing icons and themes bit. Simple when you know how but unfortunately I don't have enough time to spend trolling the forums and "how to's" all in one go.
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Old 05. Jun 2012, 10:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
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How much RAM does Cinnamon and Mate use? Which is lightweighter of the two?
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Old 05. Jun 2012, 01:23 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Can't remember what it was now for Mate but I have 4G on the desktop and with nothing running except Thunderbird it's around 9%. Open a browser and torrent however and this will climb to between 16-20%. I also have this on the laptop too which has a budget end AMD + 2G and it still performs really well.
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I have been using the cinnamon x64 version on my new lenovo x120e. It runs pretty snappy, but takes longer to boot than I would expect. Only issue so far has been on occasion Mint does not completely load the desktop. I don't know if it is a problem with hardware, or what.
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