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When Puppy doesn't wow! - and when it does!
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frank4360

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Dec 2011, 17:59    Post subject:  When Puppy doesn't wow! - and when it does!
Subject description: Move from Puppy to Mint
 

The great thing about Linux is the amount of choice!

I have an old (2009) AcerAspireOne with 8GB of SSD - no hard disk.

I have been experimenting with small Linux distros, from EasyPeasy to Puppy, via Xubuntu and others.

I liked the size of Puppy, but have stopped using it after problems with, primarily, the TouchPad (never worked properly) and miscellaneous screen problems.

I also found that the software update procedures were more complicated than the larger distros.

None of this is meant to run down Puppy! Far from it - it is certainly lean, but even 8GB (which exceeds the total capacity of an old Windows system I used to have) is enough to run a distro with more facilities, and dare I say, more elegance.

I am now using Mint, with both the Xfce desktop, and Gnome. I find both systems easy , and while not as fast to load as Puppy, quite acceptable.

In all distros I have a real problem with the size of available screen for some applications - setting up Thunderbird accounts is one of the worst; and Puppy had the same problem. I assume that Puppy works well on old desktop systems with full size screens but slow processors and limited memory.

Good luck to all.

Frank

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Dec 2011, 19:27    Post subject:  

m m m . . . First post.
Must be Cat mint . . .

Welcome to the kennels.
Trolls and meow meows are sometimes found here. Laughing

Many of our Puppys do like and use Mint Smile
I just use it as a mouth rinse. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Dec 2011, 20:49    Post subject:  

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setting up Thunderbird accounts is one of the worst


Setting up Thunderbird on Puppy was a piece of cake for me, then again I put together my own and haven't tried the pet package in the repos for it, was as easy as putting in my account name and password and off it went.
As for the other issues you have if you ask here in the forum you'll find a wealth of knowledge and be able to sort out most if not all your problems.

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PostPosted: Sat 21 Jul 2012, 17:21    Post subject:  

I still don't use Puppy on the AcerAspire One mentioned in the first post (though I have moved that to Lubuntu from Mint) - but I have jjust resurrected a VERY OLD Acer Aspire 1350 laptop with a measly 178meg RAM - and I use Puppy on that.


With such small RAM I have found it impossible to install any of the so-called Light distros of Linux except Puppy - and Puppy has given the 1350 a new lease of life. It is about 10 years old and originally ran Windows XP (like a dog - woof woof) - but it had not been switched on for several years.

Now I plan to use it and its 30 GB hard disk to secure files from my other computers, particularly if I can install Dropbox (the Dropbox Linux install commands seem to fail all the time, but that is another story).
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Jul 2012, 05:22    Post subject:  

Glad to hear you are making progress. Smile

Here is some Minty goodness in Alpha that might be of interest Cool
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=641437#641437

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Jul 2012, 06:06    Post subject:  

frank4360 wrote:

Now I plan to use it and its 30 GB hard disk to secure files from my other computers, particularly if I can install Dropbox (the Dropbox Linux install commands seem to fail all the time, but that is another story).


I have now successfully installed Dropbox, by following the Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K13sVRePrvY and the link at http://puppylinuxstuff.meownplanet.net/DaveS/dropbox/


It all went smoothly and worked first time!
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jul 2012, 16:07    Post subject: When Puppy doesn't wow! - and when it does!  

frank4360,

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I have an old (2009) AcerAspireOne with 8GB of SSD - no hard disk.

I have been experimenting with small Linux distros, from EasyPeasy to Puppy, via Xubuntu and others.


Have you tried Joli OS? http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=jolios
This distro is supposed to be optimized for netbooks.

Monsie

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 05:58    Post subject: Re: When Puppy doesn't wow! - and when it does!  

Monsie wrote:


Have you tried Joli OS? http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=jolios
This distro is supposed to be optimized for netbooks.

Monsie


Yes, I looked at Joli when it only offered a "cloud" OS - and I didn't want that.

The newer installable OS won't run in 178meg RAM.

Frank
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