Showing posts with label Mint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mint. Show all posts

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mint LXDE - What's Missing

I installed Mint LXDE 5 or six days ago. In a weeks time, I thought I would have a laundry list of software I absolutely must install. This is LXDE after all.
Surprisingly, that is not the case. LXDE is lightweight, but that doesn’t mean limited software. Right out the install box, Mint contains all of the software you might need for almost any task. For word processing Abiword is all you need; Spreadsheets are handled very well by Gnumeric; Gimp provides all of the photoediting capabilities one might need for almost any task.  Exaile is excellent for music and video is handled well by both MPlayer and VLC. Firefox is the go to web browser for any system and it did not require any updates with Mint LXDE 11, which was a nice touch. In fact with this version of Mint, I don’t believe I had more than a couple of updates.
So what did I HAVE to install? I selected Libre Office over Gnumeric and Abiword; however these to pieces of software are so handy that I decided to keep them. Considering all of the options in Libre Office, keeping them is high praise. For web browsers I needed something other than Firefox so I selected Opera and Epiphany-Browser. There is no beating Firefox in my book, but sometimes I need to look at websites in something else. Opera was selected because I last used this on my old Mac. Epiphany was snap decision, I wanted to take a drive with something new to me
The only lack I saw by way of software was a plain jane HTML editor and an ebook manager. Abiword could do it and there is nothing wrong with gedit, but Bluefish is my favourite. As for ebooks, I selected Calibre because it works so well and does so much more.
I hope to do a write up of my new software choices soon, so say tuned.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mint 13 XFCE - Save HD Space with backdrop file resizing

Mint has always had gorgeous backdrop images for the desktop. The photographs by masterbutler are incredible.
But if you are on a small machine, like my ASUS eee PC, you don't have a lot of hard drive space.
You could just delete a lot of things, such as the backdrop files, but that would be a shame. Instead, I choose to resize them to fit my 800x600 screen. To be honest, I am not missing anything. The images surpass my monitors ability to display them in all their glory.
Since Mint comes with Gimp, this is an easy task. The directory is /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops. I hesitated to "undo the beauty" by reducing the size until I opened the credits file. Masterbutler has thoughtfully provide a link to 80+ pages of wonderful images at
Go ahead and scale those images. You may find yourself using the space to enjoy more art by masterbutler.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mint 11 lxde glitch - Can't delete uninstalled program icons from the menu

Mint 11 lxde is old, but I like it for my Asus EEE PC. It does have one annoying glitch. If you attempt to remove software such as gnumeric, the uninstall process leaves the program's icon in the menu. Annoying but not exactly critical.
There is an easy work around. Go to a convenient location and create a new folder called "deleted icons". Next open the /usr/share/applications folder. Go to tools and select "Open current folder as Root". This displays a new window. Find the offending software and select cut. Go to the deleted icons folder and again, select tools and open as "Open current folder as Root". Paste in the offending program and close all windows.
By shifting the icon via cut-paste, you retain the option of reinstalling the program.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Linux Mint

I have taken the first step in transforming an elderly Windows XP machine to something a little more usable. I knew I would be heading towards a Linux OS, but could not decide which one.
My choices were limited by the hardware, I have less than 512 MB RAM. So I had thought to use an older version of Ubuntu. However, I found these older versions to be somewhat limited even though they would do the task. Something more robust with a little flash was needed. XFCE has shown itself to be a wonderful system  on my netbook so I gave it a try.
The install was brief, set up a breeze and it wasn't until I actually started using it that I found an issue. The panels at the top and bottom of the screen kept vanishing. This happened intermittently at first and was corrected with a reboot. As the morning progressed, the problem became more difficult and I had to jump into the console to get them running again. As frustrating as this was, I wholly blame both my elderly hardware and my lack of any research into the problem. Clearly this is the fault of the user. An ID10T error.
I decided to go an entirely different route. I went straight for an OS I have no experience with: Mint 11. Specifically I chose the LXDE 32 bit version. I was feeling lucky, so I ignored the fact that my machine did not have the required RAM. You may notice that I don't have the required RAM for XFCE either and it worked, just not as expected.
The setup for Mint 11 was even easier than XFCE and Ubuntu. I like that. So far, it has been running for almost four hours with out a problem and I am using to post now. I did add a few pieces of software: Open Office, Bluefish Editor and ran all of my updates. It was a breeze.
At this time I am rather happy with this machine as it is. I can honestly say that Linux has performed very well no matter the version. Keep in mind that I have installed Ubuntu 8 and 9, XFCE and now Mint 11 with no research or  major difficulties (not counting user errors)  in just a few short hours. All of them are excellent examples of Operating Systems and as long as you meet the minimum requirements I would suggest any of them.