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User Submitted Tutorials / Re: 10 things to do first in Peppermint
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:00:00 am »
One final observation regarding kernel updates, if I may.

My Peppermint machine and my Mint 18.2 laptop are both currently running kernel 4.10.0-35 with their respective default update settings.

The only difference I can see is almost philosophical: because new kernels very occasionally cause problems which may puzzle new users, the Mint team suggest their users "think before update" whereas the Peppermint team advise "always update" in order to benefit from the latest improvements.

It seems to me that both approaches are perfectly reasonable.

User Submitted Tutorials / Re: 10 things to do first in Peppermint
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:55:24 pm »
I'm not a tech guru, but as far as I know both Peppermint and Mint are based on Ubuntu long term releases.
I have one computer running Peppermint and two running Mint 18.2 - and both Peppermint and Mint work fine.

My original post was intended to direct new users towards a site which I've found useful and easy to understand. There may be details which some experts (and I) may not totally agree with, but most of the advice is sound.

Keep cool, guys. No criticism  of Peppermint defaults intended!

User Submitted Tutorials / Re: 10 things to do first in Peppermint
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:15:05 am »
OK on the advice regarding kernel updates.

I believe the Mint team advise "review kernel updates and apply with caution" and only automatically apply kernel updates if you're "an experienced user", so there appears to be differing views on this point.

But I do agree that you shouldn't stick with long out of date kernel versions.

User Submitted Tutorials / 10 things to do first in Peppermint
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:36:39 pm »
I don't know if this is against forum rules, but a user-friendly tutorial on setting up Peppermint can be found at:

There are other useful tips for Mint and Ubuntu there too.

What are you running Peppermint on? / Dell Latitude D430 with 60GB SSD
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:24:32 am »
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john@john-Latitude-D430 ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: john-Latitude-D430 Kernel: 4.10.0-33-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Latitude D430
           Mobo: Dell model: N/A Bios: Dell v: A05 date: 02/18/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 U7600 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1200 MHz 1: 1200 MHz 2: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@59.98hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-33-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5752 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
           driver: tg3
           IF: enp9s0 state: down mac: 00:26:b9:ba:e8:4f
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n driver: b43-pci-bridge
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:1d:d9:45:30:5f
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 63.4GB (25.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: CHN_18ZIF001M_06 size: 63.4GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 56G used: 14G (25%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.13GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 32.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 159 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 383.7/1988.8MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

I previously used Mint 18.2 XFCE on this machine but found that when the processor was busy, such as when downloading a complex website, the cursor would often freeze for a couple of seconds. This doesn't happen with Peppermint, confirming that it's a lighter distro.

No particular problems installing Peppermint 8 though the top left quadrant of the screen showed a repeated character in the background, but it didn't interfere with the installation process. The Dropbox client also had to be updated to the latest version.

I've installed Abiword and Gnumeric (as per Lubuntu) with no problems - the "border flashing" which sometimes occurs with Abiword isn't present.

An excellent distro!

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