[Chugalug] xp replacement

basic2point0 at gmail.com basic2point0 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 18 20:40:53 UTC 2013

I read about it only being supported on Ubuntu a while back but had forgot about it. Glad you mentioned it. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about Mint as well. I might play around with Ubuntu/Cinnamon on my personal machines to see how that works. I just like the fact that Cinnamon is similar to Windows, and thought that might be a little more comfortable for them.

I have Lubuntu on an old P4 machine that I was playing with a while back, but haven’t messed with it in a while. It was very simple and ran very quick on that machine. I remember having some software issues, but I can’t remember exactly what they were. Outside of that, it was a good experience.

Somebody recently offered to trade my PowerMac G5 for a PowerEdge T105. I was running Debian PPC and I was having trouble finding powermac ports for some software and it was becoming less and less useful to me, so I went ahead and traded. 

I had the PowerMac dual core 2.0 GHz, 512MB RAM, 160 HDD (which was given to me) and the other guy said he had a dual core Dell with 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, so it sounded like a good deal to me, since the PC would be more useful to me. Got it home to find out its a dual core 2.4 GHz Opteron, 8 GB RAM, 2x2TB HDD, SAS RAID card and all sorts of fancy extras... Then my monitor died shortly after, so I have this great (basically free) machine sitting there waiting to do some cool stuff as soon as I get a monitor.

From: Alex Smith (K4RNT)
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎November‎ ‎18‎, ‎2013 ‎12‎:‎22‎ ‎PM
To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group

You should be aware that the Steam client is only officially supported on Ubuntu (I'm not very happy about this choice, but I imagine after the Steam PC is released that it might be expanded). I don't have any experience with Mint, however I've heard a lot of people like it, and all the power to them. :)

I have Xubuntu installed at home on a desktop I have set up in the living room for common use, and nobody has had any problems with it.

I'm also working on getting my primary desktop rig expanded to a larger power supply - I have 8x serial attached SCSI disks installed for the system disks, and I'm trying to get it set up on a dual-boot with Ubuntu Studio.

Feel free to contact me off-list if you have further questions, or would like some assistance. Good luck!

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM, <basic2point0 at gmail.com> wrote:


My parents have a PC that is a few years old. If I remember right, its a Sempron @ around 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM. They use for getting online, my mom plays PopCap style games, my dad has some games on Steam - Half-Life 2 era and older. I’ve left it alone with XP because that's what they prefer, but they’ve been having software problems lately, mostly driver issues, and just want to be able to turn it on and use it. 


Anyhow.. Steam is looking pretty good on Linux, especially for the games my dad likes. There’s obviously plenty of games available that my mom would like. I just need to make the transition as easy as possible for them, since they don’t take change very well. I’m thinking Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop, since its pretty similar to Windows. Any suggestions?

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