Linux Mint 9 xfce

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  1. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Member

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    Just wanted to share my experience from the last few days of experimenting with distros.

    I have an old laptop with a 1.2Ghz Celeron microprocessor. When my Windows died, I looked around for a distro that would work with my laptop. I found Puppy Linux. It worked fine.

    Then I wanted to install Openshot to do some video editing. No deal with Puppy Linux. Too many codecs missing. So I started searching again. I could install the latest Linux Mint or Ubuntu but I had to add the "noacpi noapic and nolapic" options before they would boot.


    What I needed was a Debian-based or Ubuntu-based distro with full access to all the Debian or Ubuntu software packages. Then I tried Linux Mint LMDE. Worked fine. It's based on Debian. Only problem is Debian is not the easiest to work with. Started searching again.

    Finally found Linux Mint 9 xfce. Worked fine. All the things I need for Openshot are there. In fact, I could install the Ubuntu Studio meta packages and turn it into Ubuntu Studio. That's where I went overboard. The whole thing hung up on me.

    Now I am re-installing Linux Mint 9 xfce. This time I am only going to add Openshot and nothing else.

    Hope this is useful for anyone with an old laptop like me.
  2. joetke

    joetke New Member

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    Your post really helped me. Thanks. The crucial point seems how much ram you have, provided that your disk is large enough. I gave studio a try and encountered the same issue as yours, but after running it during 6 minutes flawlessly. It's a pity but Openshot is still a decent solution yet. Thanks.
  3. Victor Leigh

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    When I was using Windows, I had checked out a number of video editing programs and decided on Sony Vegas because it was fast. Now that I have tried Openshot, I don't need Sony Vegas anymore.

    fyi I have 3Gb ram and 250Gb diskspace.

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