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Linux Mint 9 xfce

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by Victor Leigh, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Guest

    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 Guest

    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

    Victor Leigh Guest

    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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