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Offline bartram81

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Hey guys,
I've used Peppermint 2 OS on an old Dell Inspiron laptop and found it very fast, intuitive and hassle-free. It was a dual-boot setup w/ Windows 7. Since Microsoft is ending support for Win7 in 2020 I'm thinking of re-installing Peppermint again. Maybe try a newer version. I just want to make sure I choose the right one. I would be happy to continue using Peppermint 2 on this laptop if it's still safe to use since I have no qualms w/ it. But I'm just wondering if this is unwise since Linux distros eventually go obsolete once the Linux kernel stops being supported.

This laptop gets lots of online use by other people in my home so I need something that is safe and fast (I dont have the laptop specs at hand right now but its 32-bit and very slow, Vista/Win7 run very slow on it). Are older peppermint versions still supported? Are they still safe to use online? Is 2 still okay or should I use another version? Let me know. Thanks.

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Re: Question about Peppermint EOL & which version for my old laptop
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2019, 06:37:03 am »
Peppermint 2 is no longer supported either by us or the upstream repos, personally I'd look at something newer as 2 is a security risk.

Now I'm not suggesting that should necessarily be Peppermint (like most distros) we've become heavier over the years due to the underlying technologies we base on, though we've tried to keep this to a minimum we have grown heavier, there's no getting away from that fact .. if the machine can handle a new version of Peppermint, great .. if not, there are distros out there that specialise in being as lightweight as possible but without loosing too much in functionality/ease of use .. if the machine struggles with a modern Peppermint maybe take a look at Antix.
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Re: Question about Peppermint EOL & which version for my old laptop
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 07:06:22 am »
Interesting question(s).  Unique, really.

I started using Peppermint @ version 2. Loved it, and kept using it until it didn't work any more, then installed the latest version - probably Peppermint 4 or 5. Then, used them until they quit working. I'm still using Peppermint 6, on one of my machines, as an oddity.

On the machines I regularly use, today, I'm currently running Peppermint 7, 9, and 10 - both 32bit and 64bit - desktops, laptops and a netbook.

I use Peppermint 7 on my 'Road Warrior' laptop - the machine I lug all over the country - and, I use it on unsecure networks in airports, hotels, convention halls, court rooms, and so forth. I haven't been haxored yet.

To get back to your situation, the one overarching concern (security-wise) would be the browser. Generally speaking, the final straw for me is when I can't find a secure browser for older versions of Peppermint. That's when I pull the plug on it, so to speak, and install the latest version of Peppermint.

Soooo, my recommendation to you, based on the scenario, is to install Peppermint 10.

We just got done with extensive beta testing of Peppermint 10, and released it into the wild. During testing, I successfully installed P10 on several 32bit machines that are older than some of the users on this site, and it worked fine.

Personally, I wouldn't run Peppermint 2 on a network-facing machine, if you tied me up, stuck a gun in my mouth and beat me with a rubber hose, but that's just me.  ;D
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Re: Question about Peppermint EOL & which version for my old laptop
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 07:25:40 am »
For clarity:-

Peppermint 7 and 8 reach end of life in April 2021

Peppermint 9 an 10 reach end of life in April 2023

All previous versions should now be considered EOL.
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Re: Question about Peppermint EOL & which version for my old laptop
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2019, 01:35:04 pm »
By the time it's 2023 we're on Peppermint 14  :P Well maybe not we, but I probably am ;)
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