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GNU/Linux Gaming / Thinking About It....
« on: Today at 12:56:38 pm »
So, I've noticed those Alienware Steam Machine prices are starting to really drop, no doubt stores are trying to reduce stock.  I've noticed the i7 model is especially low these days.  In fact, for an i7 quad core with 8GB RAM, a 1TB HDD and a GTX960, they're almost too good for this gamer to pass up.  Plus, that case is sexy.  So, I'm thinking about it.  I figure, if I don't like Debian based Steam OS, I can always dump it and put Peppermint on there with Steam set to start automatically in Big Picture mode.  I've read reviews and most of the issues people seem to have with them is an unfamiliarity with Linux and that their Steam libraries are mostly not Linux compatible.  Neither are issues for me.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Ark survivor evolved
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:27:00 am »
I have no idea.  You won't have proprietary graphics drivers for that Radeon in Peppermint 7, you'll have to rely on open source drivers.  Also, Linux doesn't use DirectX, it uses OpenGL.

General Discussion / Re: Ark survivor evolved
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:56:39 am »
Well, I, for one, didn't expect you to know what it was.  :P  Realistically, I think I'm the biggest gamer who frequently comes here.  I just happen to have this game in my Steam library.  :)

Why?  I mean, who really cares?  They had the same program, just rebranded.  ::)

General Discussion / Re: Ark survivor evolved
« on: February 18, 2017, 12:37:23 pm »
Yep, lots of times.  Really fun game, runs great on Peppermint.  Of course, it requires a beefy graphics card, but it requires that on any OS.

Yes, Steam works great with Peppermint 7.  If you use an AMD/ATI GPU, be sure to read this:,3739.0.html

New Users / Re: Best video editor?
« on: February 17, 2017, 12:14:49 pm »
IMO KDenlive is the best video editor for Linux out there at the moment and worth pulling in the dependencies

I agree, I like it better than Openshot, which is saying a lot.  When I was doing CGI rendering for a (failed) Star Trek fan film, it was the only OS video editor that liked the .avi files I was rendering in Lightwave.  They opened up perfectly in KDENLive, but looked messed up in Openshot.

General Discussion / Re: 20+ FREE EBOOKS TO LEARN LINUX FOR FREE
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:44:09 am »
That's a handy and helpful collection of books there, perknh.  Nice find and thanks for sharing this helpful bit of information.  :)

New Users / Re: Best video editor?
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:40:37 am »
KDENLive is really nice, but it's going to pull in a lot of dependencies.  Since it's a KDE program, it will pull in a lot of KDE libs and other stuff.

General Discussion / Re: The Birthday Boy!
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:22:31 am »
Happy Birthday, Mark.  :)

Artwork, Themes, and Icons / Re: How do I install a theme?
« on: February 13, 2017, 10:46:57 am »
Alternately, you can also create a folder in your /home folder called .themes and just unzip the theme there without elevated permissions, though there are a few limitations to that.  For one, only one user account (yours) will have access to the theme.  Though, if you only have one user account on your system, that won't be an issue.

I'm trying to wrap my head around why you would come here asking a question about something that happened in Zorin OS.  This is the Peppermint OS help forum, not the Zorin OS help forum.  As mac said, Zorin has their own help forum, where they'd likely be able to help you much better, as probably nobody here is running Zorin.

New Users / Re: Can I add Gnome
« on: February 11, 2017, 11:07:45 pm »
Sure you can add it, but there's no reason to.  You can just run Ubuntu Gnome and you'll have the same thing, with Gnome ready to go out of the box.

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Arch Linux pulls the plug on 32-bit
« on: February 10, 2017, 09:34:21 am »
One thing to remember is that desktop processor technology has more or less stagnated in the past 6+ years.  With the decline of the desktop, today's dual cores aren't much more powerful than the ones being sold 10 years ago.  It didn't really hit me until I was looking at new tech and going "wait, these look about the same as the processors I looked at nearly 5 years ago."  Not a whole lot has changed.  In fact, the only desktop tech that has really continued to move forward is graphics cards, due to the demand of modern games.  Of course, laptops still haven't gotten to the point of where desktops were before the decline and the push for tablets and phones.  So, even today's laptops come processors like 1.4 GHz dual cores, which is probably a bit less powerful than the dual cores some of you are running from 10+ years ago.  The only difference is, modern ones will be more efficient, thus faster.  But, that's not to say that a processor from back then isn't still powerful enough to get the job done today.

Last week, I was running my old Intel Pentium dual core on my LGA775, and that thing was churning away beautifully on Peppermint.  Yet, according to *some* companies, (Apple, Microsoft) a processor that old is ready for the scrap heap.  Like hell.


I didn't even realize they ever made 32-bit dual cores.  After all, 64-bit single core processors existed before dual cores. (didn't they?)
Apparently they did because I have 4 of them IBM T60 Laptops my kids is a 1.8ghz, 2 of them are 2.0ghz, and the last one is 2.126 ghz...
If you try to install 64bit it comes right up and says its 32bit....  What I found to be funny was they are all maxed out at 4 gigs ram and they originally came with windows xp 32 bit which from what I understand the 32 bit winders os's can only use 3 gig, In fact when I had 4 gigs in it and installed winders 7 it said it was using 3 gigs plus 100 megs of the 4 gigs so i removed and replaced the one chip with one gig chip to make it total out too 3 gigs, cause i thought it was a waste of that last gig...
I'll come back and post the inxi on them so you can see...  they are lightning fast running linux...

Heh, interesting.  I now know they made 32-bit dual cores.

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Arch Linux pulls the plug on 32-bit
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:48:53 pm »
I think someone should re think this, because there are people like me for example who have 4 or more machines that are used daily that will not run 64 bit because they are 32 bit only processors....  I personally was shocked they were only 32 bit considering they are all dual core machines and I don't consider dual cores to be old and ready for the scrap heap so hopefully someone will keep 32 bit going....  for at least another 15 years....   LOL    :P

I didn't even realize they ever made 32-bit dual cores.  After all, 64-bit single core processors existed before dual cores. (didn't they?)

In my opinion, a computer is only ready for the scrap heap when it stops working.  No need to fix what's not broken.  I don't get this have it a few years and then replace it when it works just fine trend that the world seems to be in right now.  ::)

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