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Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:09:48 pm »
Hi.

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 (Lubuntu) with LXDE on an old (32-bit) computer. Basic specs: 1 GB RAM, 3 GB hard drive. I'm really tired of the buggy, bloated OS that keeps siezing up, and functioning poorly in some respects even when it doesn't. I've taken a look at Arch; their philosophy is very appealing, but I'm not willing to invest the amount of effort it would take to build an Arch system. If I had to either learn a lot, or build my box from the ground up, I'd give it a whirl, but both is too much.

Ideally, what I'm looking for is a stable OS that's GUI-centric, but transparent and fairly easy to customize. For example, I don't have a printer or a webcam; I don't need any packages to run same, and want to be able to opt out or remove that sort of thing easily, without having to look up a description for every single package that comes with the OS. It doesn't have to be lean and sleek from Day One. But I really want an OS where I can easily identify the bells and whistles, then decide which ones I want to keep.

This is my wishlist:

Required

  • supports Firefox
    stable to use
    GUI-centric; some terminal use okay
    easy to customize/downgrade
    streaming video works

Desirable/Ideal

  • package transparency; default download list w/descriptions available
    stable, broad-based development community; OS unlikely to disappear
    long-term support available
    rolling release

So, with that in mind, do you think Peppermint would be a good match for me?

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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 01:36:55 am »
I'm not sure Peppermint would fit in a 3gb hard drive and I'm surprised Lubuntu did  if it does it doesn't leave much room for expansion or swapping which may explain why Lubuntu is crashing all the time, otherwise I would say it ticks all the boxes on your "Required" list" and all the boxes on the "Desirable/ideal" list with the exception of "rolling release"

Peppermint will run fine on 1gb of ram, but 3gb hard drive space is really a bit tight, with these specs perhaps something like Puppy Linux would be more suitable for your needs


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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014, 08:33:54 am »
Antix Mx14 fits on a 3 gig drive, and you can easily add the LXDE desktop manager to it, if you want it to look and feel like Lubuntu using their metapackage installer...
One suggestion I make before installing antix is to check your processor first, and make sure it is PAE or not and then download Mx14, or their Mx14 Non Pae version, getting the right version saves you time downloading...
you can check your processor using the terminal and typing the code
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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2014, 03:54:32 pm »
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Because YOU want to .. there is no other valid reason ;)
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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014, 04:29:11 pm »
I'm not sure Peppermint would fit in a 3gb hard drive and I'm surprised Lubuntu did
I doubt Pep 5 would fit without some serious uninstalling of apps after the fact, if it ever completed the install...
I have pep 5 on my laptop fresh install and all I added to it was firefox and i am using 3.1gigs, maybe Mark knows a way to install it using less space?   :-\
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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 04:52:48 pm »
The fact that he got Ubuntu 12.04 installed is making me think 3GB is a typo (?)
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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 04:54:42 pm »
The fact that he got Ubuntu 12.04 installed is making me think 3GB is a typo (?)
Could be you are right without seeing the info on the drive we won't be sure...  ;)
He Actually has Lubuntu 12.04 on it, he has (Lubuntu) in brackets after the word Ubuntu....   :D
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 05:01:05 pm »
Did anyone ever make a 3GB HDD ?
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014, 05:02:29 pm »
Did anyone ever make a 3GB HDD ?
i think they made 3 gig SSD's in some netbooks....  don't quote me though I am not sure about that....   ;)
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Re: Ubuntu User: OS Shopping. Why should I try Peppermint?
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2014, 08:33:24 pm »
I'm with Mark on this I think it's a typo.my guess is 30gb






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