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General Discussion / Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:58:10 am »
Hiya everyone!

I'm a bit of an old fossil. Aged 28, but been with computers since my early childhood. DOS, Win 3.11, Linux, BSD - you name it. Right now I'm looking for programming jobs and challenges. Hope I find some of it in Peppermint OS, because I think the project is quite amazing :).

~Andy

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I used GIMP for several smaller projects and never had any problems with it. There are probably some limitations, though I never really felt them. One cannot compare it to Photoshop, obviously, since Photoshop is a whole "suite". Then again, GIMP is not a memory hog like Photoshop :P.

I used to work in Blender a lot in the past (skeleton rigging, weight painting, armor and clothing models for Oblivion and Skyrim, etc.). From what I heard, it's considered a reference for 3D software in the graphics industry.

The only thing I really truly miss is commercial games, especially the old ones. If they don't work well in WINE, there is nothing one can do...

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Why is Peppermint OS using an LXDE/Xfce hybrid
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:15:57 pm »
I think the quick answer could also be "why not?" :).

Many other Linux distributions use Xfce components in a LXDE base like the XFCE power manager plugin to show battery levels + control power states (hibernate/suspend/etc.). I think I saw it in Lubuntu since some releases already (12.04 or 13.04, can't remember). Heck, one could easily splice some of these onto Openbox's tint2 panel even :D!

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We got 2 new kids on the block namely Hubli https://hubl.in/ & Jitsi meet https://meet.jit.si/ both arguably as good as Skype if not better decentralised and peer to peer, simple to use and no software to download I don't think it should be too difficult to tell your friends, colleagues etc that if your gonna video chat you'd rather Microsoft weren't listening in

there's plenty ways to video conference in Linux 

We don't need Skype we don't need Microsoft

Graeme
Both apps look quite nice. I like the fact that video/audio chats finally moved to browsers. About time, I guess. No one needs a huge resource hog to call his/her grandma ;).


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The Amiga screenshot made me giggle a bit. Thanks for that :).

I read up some on LXDE and I was wrong, I admit. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.  Of course, that doesn't matter much since Peppermint OS uses a rather custom desktop environment, right?

Back on topic, though. I tried Lubuntu 16.04 beta 2 for a few days more and I am not pleased. Fedora beta versions are far more polished, I'm afraid to say. Part of this is probably due to the intermediate state between LXDE and LXQT that Ubuntu is trying to implement. There are quite some distros using LXQT by default and they're doing fine. Not sure why the delay and borking LXDE configs with LXQT makeshift preps :(.

TL:DR - Patience is virtue and I actually appreciate the great work the Peppermint OS Team is doing. It just shows that Ubuntu can make for a great base when appropriately molded :).

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We've been talking a lot about this same topic off and on for several months now. There are lots of options available to us moving forward and even more opinions. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a particular user experience in a way that we can maintain. I know this doesn't answer your question directly (you probably want to know precisely which GUI options we're going to roll with for Peppermint 7), but I'm not about to let the cat out of the bag and neither is anyone else on Team Peppermint.

I can say this: Keep an eye on the forums, pay attention to our social accounts, and be prepared for the awesomeness that you expect from us whether we fundamentally change the GUI or not :)

I wasn't aware that this topic was discussed so many times already. I didn't mean any offense :). From my current and former experience with Peppermint OS I can say that you guys always roll out a solid product and I have completely no doubts that Peppermint OS 7 will be such a product.

I was also not looking for an answer to my question per se, merely some feedback from you developers. That I received, thank you :).

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Advanced Topics / Lubuntu 16.04, LXQT and the future of Peppermint OS
« on: March 30, 2016, 11:36:48 am »
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is soon to come (currently version beta 2) and with it the approach of major software changes. LXDE was merged with Razor-qt to form LXQT, which is being implemented in Lubuntu bit by bit. This means that gtk software is being dropped in favor of slightly heavier qt-based apps.

This makes me wonder how Peppermint OS developers will address the dusk of LXDE in Peppermint OS 7 :). I would honestly consider gtk applications to be more suitable appearance-wise, but also resource-wise. In addition, Lubuntu 16.04 is still very buggy and suffers from the well-known 'Ubuntu syndrome' (too complex to maintain in a bug-less state).

Thoughts? :)

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Honestly, I wish Microsoft would drop the GNU/Linux version of Skype entirely. It's a complete misery. It's light years behind the Mac OS X and Windows versions. Worst of all, it's a major security liability , because it doesn't receive any support from MS, besides being hosted on their servers and allowing it to connect to them. Microsoft dropped Windows support for Skype 4.x years ago, and for instance on Windows you no longer can connect through version 4.x (invalid login or random errors). Alternatively, MS could release the source code for the GNU/Linux version so that open-source people take up the mantle. Surely, the latter is never going to happen...

Alternatives do exist and their use is in fact much easier than Skype. Google has the Hangouts Chrome/Chromium plugin and Mozilla has Hello (also browser-integrated). Switching is no longer a matter of installing anything :).

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I'm going to hate to say goodbye to Peppermint 6.  I've loved every moment of using it.  It's been an absolutely spectacular distribution.  :)

Well, you have until 2019, so....

That doesn't sound so bad then :). I'll keep using it on my desktop to see how well it competes with Manjaro and Arch Linux.

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I personally like the Numix Circle and Menda icon themes. The thing is that changing the icon theme may put some pressure on the desktop environment look itself. In former releases of Peppermint OS everything always fit. Hope it's also the case this time :).

Good luck!

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I do understand it's somewhat heinous to revive a long-dead bugger, but I would have to duplicate the thread otherwise :(.

I read that Peppermint OS operates on a Blizzard-esque basis of 'it's done when it's done'. However, as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is almost out and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be fully supported only until 2017 as I reckon, is there any work being done on Peppermint OS Seven (7)?

I am honestly just curious, because Peppermint OS Six (6) is working fantastically on my desktop, though some of the software (including the kernel) is getting quite stale :).

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I would like to begin my very first post with a big 'Thank you'! Peppermint OS is a great lightweight GNU/Linux operating system that I see as a perfect fit for ultrabooks and 2-in-1 tablets/laptops :). That being said, my main setup is a desktop PC:
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abear@abear-desktop ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: abear-desktop Kernel: 3.16.0-67-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   Mobo: ASRock model: G41M-VS3. Bios: American Megatrends version: P1.90 date: 10/01/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8500 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 3157.976 MHz 2: 3157.976 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV730 GL [FirePro V5700]
           X.Org: 1.16.0 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RV730 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2
Audio:     Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV710/730 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4000 series] driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-67-generic
Network:   Card: Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 v2.0 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: d0:50:99:32:c0:9a
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 580.1GB (0.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD800JD size: 80.0GB
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: ST3500320NS size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 37G used: 4.0G (12%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 33G used: 105M (1%) fs: ext4
           ID: swap-1 size: 4.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap ID: swap-2 size: 8.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 42.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 55.5
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 150 Uptime: 1:30 Memory: 843.5/3950.4MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

I had no problems installing Peppermint Six OS in legacy BIOS-mode, in a dual-boot setup with Arch Linux. The 'rig' is rather old and I was not expecting any problems anyhow. I also have an Asus S301 ultrabook that I am planning to install Peppermint OS on for testing. Will open another thread, perhaps with a tutorial. Due to its crappy Mediatek WiFi adapter, it's a rather tricky beast :).

~Andy

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