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#26 OFFLINE   sunrat

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 10:09 PM

I ended up doing a full new install of MX-16 rather than upgrading. Easy install and I'm impressed.
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Posted 22 January 2017 - 10:18 PM

View Postsunrat, on 22 January 2017 - 10:09 PM, said:

I ended up doing a full new install of MX-16 rather than upgrading. Easy install and I'm impressed.

I have always had better luck with fresh installs rather than upgrades with non-rolling distros..
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 07:51 AM

Looks like I will have to do a full install as due to some MX-15 update doing a upgrade to MX-16 is a bit convoluted. As this MX-15 is my only working pc ( a gaming Windows 7 does not count) I will have to wait until I can remember which box I placed all my backup drives and stuff. It may take me some time as I have a lot of boxes that some dummy never wrote on what they contained. You just can not get decent staff these days :Laughing:
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:20 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 23 January 2017 - 07:51 AM, said:

Looks like I will have to do a full install as due to some MX-15 update doing a upgrade to MX-16 is a bit convoluted.
An MX-16 repo was accidentally added to MX-15 with a package update causing upgrade to go south, which is why I opted to reinstall. It was recoverable but I opted to just reinstall.
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Posted 24 January 2017 - 06:57 AM

View Postsunrat, on 23 January 2017 - 10:20 PM, said:

View Postabarbarian, on 23 January 2017 - 07:51 AM, said:

Looks like I will have to do a full install as due to some MX-15 update doing a upgrade to MX-16 is a bit convoluted.
An MX-16 repo was accidentally added to MX-15 with a package update causing upgrade to go south, which is why I opted to reinstall. It was recoverable but I opted to just reinstall.

Yeah I did all the required reading up on how to upgrade but did not want to take the chance of borking things. I would hate to have to use my super clean Windows 7 for anything but gaming.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 07:31 PM

I have a Toshiba 10 inch netbook that I take on holiday. It has been running Linux Mint 17 but rather than upgrade I just installed MX-16.
It features Xfce which I was using previously (this machine is pretty much memory and CPU challenged.) It also uses all the familiar Debian commands. Plus it looks really classy with its dark theme. I like the left side panel too as the Toshiba does not have a lot of vertical screen space. A keeper!
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:38 PM

My neighbor Charlie - who gave me the Toshiba when he got a Core i5 notebook - was over visiting today and wondered how it was going and how Linux looked. I fired up his old PC and he was blown away how fast and powerful it was with Linux. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was now running off an SSD. :bounce:
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 08:16 PM

View Postraymac46, on 25 January 2017 - 07:38 PM, said:

My neighbor Charlie - who gave me the Toshiba when he got a Core i5 notebook - was over visiting today and wondered how it was going and how Linux looked. I fired up his old PC and he was blown away how fast and powerful it was with Linux. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was now running off an SSD. :bounce:

Hahaha, that's great
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:13 AM

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I'm sitting in the new chair now and a lot more comfortable than I was earlier!
Me too. My wife wanted to upgrade our computer chair (the old one we had belonged to my late parents.) Rather than go through the hassle of shopping in office supply stores, I just checked reviews on Amazon and selected one that had tool less assembly.
It showed up at my front door, I brought the carton inside and opened it. All I had to do was snap the casters onto the base, set the chair on top of it and operate a lever which snugged the chair onto the base. 5 minute job - took longer to cut up the cardboard carton for recycling. The creaky old chair went to the basement for my second desktop.
Nice chair too - it got excellent ratings on Amazon.
Sometimes we just don't realize how disruptive Amazon must be for bricks and mortar retailers.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:46 AM

One of these days, I'm gonna' have to get me some of the new-fangled SSDs.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 11:14 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 26 January 2017 - 10:46 AM, said:

One of these days, I'm gonna' have to get me some of the new-fangled SSDs.
They are nice in a desktop where you can use them for the O/S and keep a larger HDD for data. However I found the most impressive gains in an old netbook that has a relatively slow CPU and less RAM than you can put in  desktop. These netbooks typically have a slow 5400 RPM HDD so even the cheapest SSD will give a dramatic improvement.
It has turned what my neighbor thought was junk into a nice little laptop to take on holiday. Excellent for light web surfing and email and enough capacity to back up photos.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 07:07 PM

bloodaxe@mx16reserve:~
$ inxi -F
System:	Host: mx16reserve Kernel: 3.16.0-4-686-pae i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.2
		   Distro: MX-16_386 Metamorphosis 12 December 2016
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Dell product: Dimension 4700
		   Mobo: Dell model: 0M3918 BIOS: Dell v: A03 date: 08/23/2004
CPU:	   Single core Intel Pentium 4 (-HT-) cache: 1024 KB
		   clock speeds: max: 2992 MHz 1: 2992 MHz 2: 2992 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV730 XT [Radeon HD 4670]
		   Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
		   Resolution: 1280x1024@60.02hz, 1280x1024@60.02hz
		   GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RV730 (DRM 2.39.0 / 3.16.0-4-686-pae, LLVM 3.8.1)
		   GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.3
Audio:	 Card-1 Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller
		   driver: snd_intel8x0
		   Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV710/730 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4000 series]
		   driver: snd_hda_intel
		   Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.16.0-4-686-pae
Network:   Card: Intel 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller driver: e100
		   IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:11:11:64:b7:7c
Drives:	HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (37.0% used)
		   ID-1: /dev/sda model: MKNSSDCR120GB size: 120.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 20G used: 4.3G (24%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
		   ID-2: /home size: 33G used: 3.7G (12%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: No active sensors found. Have you configured your sensors yet? mobo: N/A gpu: 60.5
Info:	  Processes: 146 Uptime: 42 min Memory: 406.1/3038.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.5 

Did a fresh install from a live usb. Runs very nicely and looks pretty modern to me. Can not understand why it is not more popular. :breakfast:
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:31 PM

I gave MX-16 a write up over at me other place no one has made a comment about it yet so it must be pretty bad. :unsure:

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:42 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 31 January 2017 - 01:31 PM, said:

I gave MX-16 a write up over at me other place no one has made a comment about it yet so it must be pretty bad. :unsure:

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:40 PM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 31 January 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

View Postabarbarian, on 31 January 2017 - 01:31 PM, said:

I gave MX-16 a write up over at me other place no one has made a comment about it yet so it must be pretty bad. :unsure:

https://www.pcreview...-a-try.4071706/

Very nice :thumbsup:

Phew that is a relief someone read and commented. I can sleep easy now. :shifty:
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:58 PM

Hehehe, I try B)
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:06 PM

Posted a comment over there.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:01 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 30 January 2017 - 07:07 PM, said:

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Can not understand why it is not more popular. :breakfast:
30,000 downloads in the first 3 weeks after release. Not exactly unpopular. ;)
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:36 PM

View Postsunrat, on 31 January 2017 - 06:01 PM, said:

View Postabarbarian, on 30 January 2017 - 07:07 PM, said:

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Can not understand why it is not more popular. :breakfast:
30,000 downloads in the first 3 weeks after release. Not exactly unpopular. ;)

Certainly not to be sniffed at. :cool:
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:27 PM

SimplyMepis was a very solid distro and I tried it out a few times although I never have been a KDE fan. However when Warren Woodford got out of the picture Mepis faded away with him. AntiX seems to have revitalized it as an Xfce distro with the help of the old Mepis community and that is a great thing to see.
However it probably has to re-establish itself as a go-to distro and it seems that is happening.
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:15 AM

View Postraymac46, on 31 January 2017 - 09:27 PM, said:

SimplyMepis was a very solid distro and I tried it out a few times although I never have been a KDE fan. However when Warren Woodford got out of the picture Mepis faded away with him. AntiX seems to have revitalized it as an Xfce distro with the help of the old Mepis community and that is a great thing to see.
However it probably has to re-establish itself as a go-to distro and it seems that is happening.

I tried Mepis way back and also used AntiX but only as a fall back to get me out of a scrape. Both were pretty neat. :breakfast:
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:26 AM

AntiX is a great distro for those old 32 bit netbooks of mine that have limited memory and power. It's very lightweight, and no systemd if that is important to you.
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Posted 03 February 2017 - 09:29 AM

Nice distro.....loaded it to a flash drive.  Works very well...fast.  The old Dell laptop that I use for watching movies has Mint installed on it....I may have to think about changing it over to MX-16...

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:25 PM

Someone gave me an old Compaq Presario f700 (1 GB of RAM) a few months ago saying it wasn't working anymore but I was welcome to play with it if I wanted to. I had never opened one before so I wanted to see what the components look like. I don't know if it's because I pushed the memory stick in some more or something else or what I did but all of a sudden it worked again. (My friend repairs computers so he is not missing it).
The first thing I did was to replace Windows Vista with a Linux distro but whichever I tried I ended up with a 3 panes (or panels?) desktop. I couldn't find a way to stop the boot so I could add something at the bottom like "vga=..." or something similar.
Last week I downloaded MX-16 and installed it on my own computer and really liked it so this morning I decided to install it on the notebook and guess what? I now have a fully functioning laptop. The battery doesn't hold the charge anymore but if I keep the machine plugged up it is working just fine. I can go online and it has an either 120 or 160 GB hard drive so I could save all or business data on it and keep the machine in another building in case something happened to our house (fire, etc.)
I had used Mepis several times mostly has a live-cd to repair a broken grub or similar problem and had always liked it. MX-16 looks beautiful, is fairly fast even on a small processor.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 07:47 PM

Minty Fresh on an aging Dell lappy is a thing of the past.  The old girl is now sporting a brand new look...MX-16.  Can't get updates or packages yet, no wi-fi at the marina.  :(   Next thing I need to do is reinstall mx-16 w/persistence on the thumb drive.  
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