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When I want to get nostalgic for Windows on a Linux machine,  I install Q4OS, the Debian-derived distro with the Trinity desktop. But it's draw is not really that it looks a bit like XP, but that it offers Debian stability with easy codecs installation.  It is fun, though, to press that start menu and see a Windows-familiar display.

General Discussion / Re: Would You Consider Another Spin?
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:05:40 pm »
If one were to re-spin PeppermintOS, a fun spin would be a puplet called Peppermint Puppy Linux!

I loaded Peppermint 6 on a new-to-me used machine I got on eBay. The new version is a really good release. 

I did have one issue in which some software installs would hang at 99 percent, so I will need to look up if there is something I should do to correct that.

I still run Peppermint 5 on my daily laptop, but now I know I can switch to 6 someday without any concerns.

New Users / Re: need advice regarding peppermint 6 or lubuntu
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:04:02 pm »
Lubuntu is great. Peppermint is great. I run Peppermint because I like its look and I find this forum to be very good. But I could run either.

General Discussion / Re: Mother-in-law very happy with Peppermint Six
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:52:52 pm »
Great story.  I see that Atom CPU on used computers sometimes, and  wondered if Peppermint would work well on it for this type of light use. Sounds like the answer is yes!

General Discussion / Re: You wake up and Peppermint 6 is gone!!!!!
« on: August 03, 2015, 06:11:34 pm »
Linux Lite, which provides a similar lightweight system,albeit with a less useful Software Center GUI I also like the look of WattOS.b

Installation / Re: My Peppermint OS 6 Linux Chromebook!
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:39:37 am »
Way to go! and great of you to post a tutorial.

VinDSL, I picked up this refurbished machine to have something to use while I sort out some issues with my main desktop.
I was able to find this unit very reasonably priced at a local national chain. It installed Peppermint about as smoothly as any install I've ever done. The CPU has proven capable thus far in handling the lightweight audio rendering that I do while making computer-centric electronica music.  I hope I can soon get some boot issues solved on my main unit, but I'm delighted to have this back up and that it runs Peppermint so capably.

What are you running Peppermint on? / Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p SFF Desktop
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:13:26 pm »
I just installed PeppermintOS 5 on a Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p small form factor desktop. It has an intel Core 2 Duo CPU,
The installation from a DVD went nearly flawlessly. The BIOS was easy to access. The inx -f result was:

System:    Host: robert-ThinkCentre-M58p Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 6234A1U version: ThinkCentre M58p
           Mobo: LENOVO model: LENOVO Bios: LENOVO version: 5CKT62AUS date: 05/24/2010
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 3000.00 MHz 2: 3000.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@85.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q45/Q43 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801JD/DO (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:24:7e:0b:5f:89
           Card-2: D-Link System DWA-130 802.11n Wireless N Adapter(rev.E) [Realtek RTL8191SU] driver: r8712u
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 90:94:e4:d8:f9:8c
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1258.2GB (16.2% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST3250318AS size: 250.1GB
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: SD/MMC size: 8.0GB 3: USB id: /dev/sdf model: 10EAVS_External size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID: / size: 226G used: 5.5G (3%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 3.72GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 155 Uptime: 3:16 Memory: 1096.7/3417.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

Software & Applications / Re: firefox 30 on peppermint 4
« on: July 23, 2014, 07:36:48 pm »
Even though I am days from installing Peppermint 5, I wanted to give a try at installing Firefox 31 on my Peppermint 4 system. I figured it would be good practice, and my flickr editing tools stopped working with Firefox 26, forcing me to use Chromium when I prefer Firefox.

I followed these instructions and did most of it  graphically--i.e. found the 32-bit .deb build for Firefox 31, loaded it into GDebi package installer, manually removed the unneeded spell check duplication at the command line, and then let gdebi install. It worked like a charm, I can use flickr, and my 4 set-up will use a few days of 31`until peppermint 5 is installed.  Thanks for the advice in this thread.

New Users / Re: compare peppermint to other debian and ubuntu distros
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:08:30 pm »
Peppermint is an Ubuntu-based distro using the lightweight LXDE desktop to provide a desktop which runs quickly on old hardware and lightning-fast on new. Though it is related to Lubuntu, its emphasis is on ease of compatibility with cloud usage, including software to provide easy, icon-like shortcuts to web applications.  The operating system is newbie-friendly, easy-to-use but sufficiently configurable for the more sophisticated user. Its advantages include a small but active user community, helpful moderators on its forum boards, and the ease of installation and use common to Ubuntu-based systems.

Hi all. I'm Robert Nunnally. I live in Allen, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas. Though I've had a little linux netbook for a few years, my time as a heavy linux user dates closer to 18 months.

I work as a commercial litigation attorney during the day. My avocation is making electronica music which I release under Creative Commons licenses on netlabels. I also like bird watching and tournament chess.

My wife and I have been married for 24 years. don't have kids,  but we do have a neat little dog we adopted at SPCA.

I am not a power user and not a coder. I rarely try to code in anything more complex than Logo.  :). I use linux because I believe in sharing culture and liberal licensing. Also, I find it easy and fun to use.  I'm even able sometimes to diagnose and solve my own problems.   ;D

I'm excited to put Peppermint 5 on, as now I run my laptop on Peppermint 4. I run my desktop on Fedora 20, and run Porteus on a USB stick when I travel for work with my older, Windows laptop. I like LXDE and lightweight programs and gear.

I like the forum here because folks are helpful and patient.

GNU/Linux Discussion / The Texas Linux Fest was Fun
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:01:58 am »
I drove down to Austin to attend the Texas Linux Fest during the June 14th day of the festival.  The festival venue, the Austin Convention Center, proved to be near Lady Bird Lake, so that I could get a nice walk in prior to the fest. 

The keynote was by Karen Sandler, who used to be executive director of the Gnome Project and now leads the Software Freedom Conservancy. She gave an insightful talk about all the different corporate and organizational hats people can wear in their contributions to open source culture, and the issues that may arise. Like all good talks, hers featured few dogmatic statements and lots of issue-spotting and ideas.

The day was filled with interesting speakers. Each hour offered five options.  I went to talks done by speakers who focused on marketing and building community, as my own interests run to sharing culture in the Creative Commons music/netlabel sphere.  Other speakers focused on other topics and in particular on advances in linux technology.  One of my favorite talks was by Jeff Cannon, called "Linux Conversion in the Schools". Jeff is a former principal and teacher in a small, low-income town in south Texas, the Sinton Independent School District. Jeff described how his district saved lots of money in saved license fees by going with linux for teachers and students. So often we hear of places like Munich in Germany that convert to linux--it was great to hear of this small town in rural Texas that also converted to linux.  Jeff used Ubuntu with classic Gnome, but also pointed out Bodhi Linux for older systems. Perhaps someone should send Jeff a new Peppermint 5 stick  :).

Another speaker I enjoyed was Coco Kaleel, a 12 year old girl from California. Her talk was "Girls and Robots" She learned to solder at age 10. Now she makes robots and astronaut costumes and circuits and all the fund things a young maker can make. She's also made lots of friends at a local Los Angeles, CA hacker space. Coco's message?  Teach kids to do--and not merely to consume media. She did a great job with a detailed 15-minute talk.  She said she learned a lot about Linux--I hope that she can build some cool open source robots.

The festival had some good sponsors. The guys from Open Shot Video where there. The fellow at Libre Office answered my questions about that word processing software, while the fellow at CentOS explained how that operating system compares to Fedora, which I use on the desktop. Someday it would be fun to have a Peppermint OS booth.  ;D

The conference was really well-run. Every talk started on time. The admission was only 35 dollars, or 60 if one wanted, as I did, to support a bit more and get a t-shirt.  Parking was easy, and the vibe was very casual and easy-going.  The downtown Austin locale meant I could have lunch inexpensively, as I did at a nice little Thai place.  I'll go to another Texas linux fest someday.

This was my first linux festival and I really enjoyed it. I even got to do some great bird watching the evening before and the evening after the festival.
I mark down the Texas Linux Festival as filled with "win".

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Texas Linux Fest 2014
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:43:41 am »
It does look interesting. I'll post about it when it's over.

GNU/Linux Discussion / Texas Linux Fest 2014
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:29:43 pm »
I'm heading to Austin, Texas for the Texas Linux Fest on June 13 and 14 (I'll be focused on the 14th, though I get there the afternoon of the 13th). I've never been to a Linux fest before. Is anyone else here going by any chance?

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