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Yes the tutorial appplies to both Peppermint 7 and 8 .. and the instructions are the same for both 32bit and 64bit Peppermint .. ie. just select:-

Lubuntu
16.04_Live


Thanks for your prompt response; I've been away from Peppermint for quite a long time and I was glad to see old faces around (and helpful as always)!

I have followed the steps for the Windows process (e.g. running Unetbootin from Windows) but for once more I came up with a plain Live USB (not persistent). I must have done something wrong so I will keep trying. I even tried setting persistence space at 3900MB ensure that it is below the 4GB limit.

It is a pity that the Linux Live USB creator (LiLi) doesn't support the latest version of Peppermint, as things seem to be easier that way. I have contacted the developer about that but have not received any response yet.

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Is this tutorial still valid? I mean, do we still use the Lubuntu 16.04_Live profile (or the latest version) with Peppermint 8 - and if so, do we need to select the 64-bit version of the Lubuntu profile or will the 32-bit be fine if we opt to install the 64-bit version of PP8?

I have a spare 8GB USB stick and I plan to make a persistent live USB of PP8 to use at work instead of the corporate Windows 10N.

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General Discussion / Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:37:43 am »
My name is Vassilis and I live in Athens, Greece. I came across PeppermintOS while trying to find the best lightweight Linux distribution for my terribly slow Acer Aspire One 751h netbook a couple of years ago (version 4 back then). I tried several of them but I stuck with Peppermint as I found it the most well-balanced one, offering full functionality, great user experience for a Linux amateur like me (I have no experience with Linux at all) and still it is light on resources. I have to admit that even now I am cheating on Peppermint, testing other distros that might be even more responsive (e.g. Lubuntu) but I also admit that in such cases I miss the functionality that Peppermint OS offers...

Unfortunately I have no geeky desktop to share, as I tend to keep everything as simple as possible. I have tried to use conky in the past (I love the functionality it offers) but never managed to achieve what I saw in other desktops so I quickly gave up.

I am glad to be a part of this great and helpful community; even though it is hard for me to contribute (due to my absolute lack of knowledge about Linux), I enjoy reading posts, getting ideas and how-to's and of course try to spread the word about Peppermint as much as I can (combined with installations of Peppermint OS, where possible!).

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Compaq Mini 110 netbook
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:24:53 am »
Hi geoponer, from what I see you've been going Peppermint mad of late .. nicely done :)

That sounds true - thanks for your warm response. Needless to say that without your support (and the rest of the community here as well) I may have not been so engaged to this specific distro - you helped me better understand how to work with Peppermint and solve some issues I faced so it came out normal to me to suggest Peppermint OS in every occasion I find :-)

Just keep up the great work that you are all doing here in the forum (in terms of support) and many more PeppermintOS installations will follow!

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: LG X110 Atom N270 netbook
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:49:04 am »
Hi geoponer, that's outstanding news  8).  Please extend to your friend our warmest welcome to the Peppermint family.  Its really good to know that Peppermint Five works well on the her LG Netbook. I'm sure your friend will get used to Peppermint Five really quickly.  She'll soon realize why we all love it so much.  Many thanks for your introduction and the feedback ;).

Hi Andy,

Thanks for your warm message; it's always a pleasure working with Peppermint as it is one of the (if not the) most fully-featured, easy to use and lightweight Linux distributions that I have used so far - and I have tested several of them. Even though in my case (my Acer netbook) things were not as smooth in terms of performance as I would like them to be (and compared to the other netbooks that I have already installed Peppermint), I guess it has to do with the CPU (Intel Atom Z520 @ 1,33 GHz) and the terrible GPU (GMA500) - the rest of the netbooks perform really well with Peppermint.

I will share your welcome with her and I will let her know about this wonderful community; however, I am afraid that she's not the type of person who will go into forums asking for help - she just wants a netbook that is working properly and if anything goes wrong... I will be the tech guy! :)

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Compaq Mini 110 netbook
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:42:53 am »
A couple of days ago I was also allowed to replace the Windows XP installation in one of the company's netbooks (a Compaq Mini 110) with my choice of OS; as you understand, my choice was PeppermintOS 5. Since we only use it as a backup solution (e.g. when a colleague needs to work but he doesn't have a computer handy, when we want to make a presentation etc.), the transition for my colleagues from Windows XP to Linux is expected to be smooth.

I installed several apps that will be needed, such us Libre Office, Dropbox, Skype, Mozilla Thunderbird, GIMP etc., typical stuff for office use.

The outcomes of inxi -F are the following:

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System:    Host: agroknow-mini Kernel: 3.13.0-39-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: Compaq Mini 110c-1000 version: 03A8100000000000100300000
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 308F version: KBC Version 02.09
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard version: 308F0 Ver. F.05 date: 05/11/2009
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x576@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-39-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: wl
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:25:56:66:63:9d
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:25:b3:4e:4e:90
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (2.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600BEVT size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 146G used: 3.6G (3%) fs: ext4 ID: /boot size: 236M used: 66M (30%) fs: ext2
           ID: swap-1 size: 1.07GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 124 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 95.8/992.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17


As expected, PeppermintOS 5 and this netbook go pretty well along, at least for the time being. All hardware was automatically recognized and there was no need for manual intervention!

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What are you running Peppermint on? / LG X110 Atom N270 netbook
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:33:45 am »
Last night I had the pleasure to install PeppermintOS 5 in this LG X110 netbook of a friend of mine; her netbook was really slow after years with Windows XP which are not supported anymore, so we decided to go for an upgrade. Since Windows 7 could not be activated, I was really glad to give PeppermintOS 5 a try, hoping that I will manage to train my friend to use it from now on, instead of Windows.

The outcomes of inxi -F are the following:

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dimitra@dimitra-X110-L-A715HS ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: dimitra-X110-L-A715HS Kernel: 3.13.0-39-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: LG (portable) product: X110-L.A715HS version: Ver.001
           Mobo: LG model: X110 version: Ver.001 Bios: American Megatrends version: EN021IL1.10N date: 12/18/2008
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-39-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:21:85:e8:8e:a8
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8187SE Wireless LAN Controller driver: r8180
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:24:21:40:15:7e
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (2.6% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: FUJITSU_MHZ2160B size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 146G used: 3.9G (3%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.01GB (1%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 68.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 133 Uptime: 26 min Memory: 313.1/990.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

All hardware was identified correctly without my intervention. Needless to say that Peppermint runs really smooth on the netbook, better than it did in my Acer Aspire One 751h...

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Installation / Re: Installing Windows 7 after installing PeppermintOS 5
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:48:22 am »
Hi Andy,

Thanks for your prompt response; even though I hoped that there will be an alternative (and easier) solution, I appreciate your detailed guidelines. Unfortunately I did not have the time to try that, as setting up two OSs would be too time consuming and the time before the trip was limited.

I am currently on the trip I mentioned and feel grateful that a colleague of mine offered me his Asus TransformerBook T100 which seems to be fine for the purpose I needed my netbook; on top of that it is even lighter than that and much more responsive!

I will keep your message as a reference, in order to give it a try next time it is needed - thanks again!

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Installation / Installing Windows 7 after installing PeppermintOS 5
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:22:15 pm »
Hi to all,

I have a simple request and trying to find the optimal solution: I have PeppermintOS 5 installed in my Acer Aspire One netbook and I am pretty pleased with that. However, I am going on a trip, where I will need to use Windows 7 for about a week so I need to either drop my netbook and carry my 17-inch Windows laptop with me (which I'd rather not, as it is bulky and heavy) or to find a way to install Windows 7 in my netbook without messing up with my existing PepperimintOS intallation. Even though Windows 7 is not the fastest OS to be used with my netbook, I need to use it for compatibility reasons.

Do you have any guides or tips for installing Windows after the installation of PeppermintOS? Just to clarify that I will install a genuine version of Windows 7, that I had bought in the past but I am not currently using.

Thanks in advance for your time and replies!

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New Users / Re: compare peppermint to other debian and ubuntu distros
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:38:36 am »
compare peppermint to other debian and ubuntu distros Please
Uncle Sam

Is there any reason for leaving out of the comparison Arch, OpenSUSE and Fedora based distros? I have tried personally a couple of Arch-based lightweight distros and they were fine but they were not as good as Peppermint ;-)

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Toshiba Satellite C670-1C1
« on: July 14, 2014, 02:55:02 am »
Apart from my netbook, I am also sometimes running Peppermint OS 5 in my work laptop (using a persistent installation in a USB disk) which is usually running Windows 8.1 (due to work restrictions), and these are the outcomes of the inxi -F command:

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System:    Host: vprot-AO751h Kernel: 3.13.0-30-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: TOSHIBA product: SATELLITE C670-1C1 version: PSC3YE-02J00DGE
           Mobo: Intel model: Oneonta Falls Bios: American Megatrends version: 2.30 date: 07/18/2012
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium CPU B960 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 2200.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GF119M [GeForce GT 520M]
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVD9 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-30-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: e8:40:f2:93:d2:c2
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath9k
           IF: wlan1 state: down mac: 9c:b7:0d:dc:c0:e9
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 508.4GB (0.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54755 size: 500.1GB
           2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: Flash_Disk size: 8.3GB
Partition: ID: / size: 6.5G used: 3.9G (63%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.08GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 64.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 53.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 141 Uptime: 12 min Memory: 555.3/4018.5MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

Everything is working pretty fine in this machine as well (even though it has not been thoroughly tested yet), and thank you for that!

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First of all I would like to thank you all for your responses; they were really helpful. For example, I already installed Kingsoft office latest version (btw, downloading from here was really fast!), hoping that it will be more compatible with MS Office than Libre Office.

I have an external USB 3.0 hard disk, but it is used for backing up my work, so I wouldn't want to use it for this purpose; in addition, my laptop (a Toshiba Satellite C670) does not have any USB 3.0 ports so I decided to use a spare (and probably slow I am afraid) 8GB USD flash disk. I went through the process as described in the video, faced some issues (e.g. I could not unmount the flash disk) and then I faced the issue the Mark mentioned in the last comment. It took me quite a lot of searching online for realizing that not only I had to use the root of the USB for the GRUB (I hope I describe it well) but I also had to set the mounting point of the flash disk's ext4 partition to "/" from the pull-down menu before the installation started (info found here)...

After that, everything went well: The installation took quite longer than usually (probably due to my slow netbook and/or the slow flash drive) but I managed to complete the installation to the flash drive, boot from it and started setting up my apps and settings! Since I am just testing for the time being, I am not bothered by the speed of the disk and I am more interested to see how this will work in practice.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide me with your feedback; it is really appreciated!

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Was it just me, or did the guy in the video not cover (or seriously skim over) where to put the GRUB bootloader ?

Mark could you please help me with that? What will I need to do apart from what's shown in the video?

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Hi to all,

I have the following issue: I have to use Windows at work, as I am working with various MS Office documents all the time (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. - reports, presentations for Conferences etc.), both creating and sharing with colleagues. I have tried using Open Office in the past but when opening Open Office documents I created in MS Office, the formatting was awful, text was moved/missing, borders were different etc. In addition, when I use Linux I am not able to use the desktop apps/sync tools of cloud-based tools apart from Dropbox and Google Drive (such as OneDrive and some custom ones) and also run some apps I need. This means that I cannot completely replace Windows with Linux, for the time being.

The point is that at the same time, I am spending a lot of my work time using Google Docs and other online tools (e.g. social media, blog etc.) that do not require the use of Windows, so using Linux would be fine at these times of the day. Since I really enjoy using Peppermint OS (which is installed at my netbook at home and trips), sometimes I use a PM5 live USB I always carry with me for booting into Linux and spend some time of enjoyable work. This of course has the issue that each time I have to set up my Peppermint OS setup from scratch, such as installing the Greek layout of the keyboard, entering my passwords for each online tool I use, etc.

So it seems that I have the following two options; either I take my chances with Wine and MS Office in Peppermint or I create a persistent installation of PM5 in a 8GB USB flash disk. My past experience with Wine were not that good, so I would like to go for the 2nd option. What I need would be to install PM5 in a USB disk that I can boot from, set everything up, save my passwords and then after restarting I will have everything saved in the USB disk.


I have found this online guide which I plan to follow, but I was wondering if there is anything else that I should take care of before I try that. The guide refers to PM3, so some things may have changed in the meantime.

Any help would be more than welcome, as usually!

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Acer Aspire One 751h
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:41:48 am »
Hi to all,

I am an unfortunate user of a GMA500-based netbook (Acer Aspire One 751h: 1GB RAM, 1,3GHz Atom Z520 CPU) but I was really glad to see that PeppermintOS 5 natively supports my GPU and in addition there have been several related fixes to it, such as the hibernation. On top of that, the OS runs smoothly on my low-spec netbook and I really appreciate that!

Here is my inxi -F output:

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System:    Host: vprot-AO751h Kernel: 3.13.0-30-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: Acer product: AO751h
           Mobo: Acer model: JV11-ML Bios: Acer version: V0.3212 date: 02/26/2010
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU Z520 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1067.00 MHz 2: 1333.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.4, 128 bits) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-30-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath9k
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 0c:60:76:55:12:e3
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:26:9e:24:60:99
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (8.5% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54321 size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 146G used: 13G (10%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.11GB (10%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 64.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 133 Uptime: 21:18 Memory: 603.6/992.7MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

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