[Melbourne-pm] [OT] Seeking the 64-bit linux that's right for me

Toby Corkindale toby.corkindale at strategicdata.com.au
Tue Nov 6 19:27:21 PST 2012

I (and quite a few other people) dislike Ubuntu's default Unity window 
manager. It tries to be very OSX-like. I find Cinnamon is much nicer for 
those of us accustomed to more traditional window managers.

On 07/11/12 14:23, Adrian Masters wrote:
> You can try alternative windows managers. For example, xubuntu uses xfce which is less resource intensive than others like KDE and the default Ubuntu manager.
> Adrian
> On 07/11/2012, at 12:56 PM, "Sisyphus" <sisyphus1 at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>> Thanks for the feedback, guys.
>> I don't have to make any decisions just yet - but Ubuntu Desktop is sounding good at the moment.
>> I'm definitely wanting to up the RAM to at least 3GB (as was recommended to me in an off-list post) .... more, if feasible. I'll make enquiries to the shop about that.
>> Cheers,
>> Rob
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Toby Corkindale" <toby.corkindale at strategicdata.com.au>
>> To: <melbourne-pm at pm.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:42 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Melbourne-pm] [OT] Seeking the 64-bit linux that's right for me
>>> On 07/11/12 01:26, Shlomi Fish wrote:
>>>> Hi Rob,
>>>> On Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:18:39 +1100
>>>> "Sisyphus" <sisyphus1 at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I use mainly MS Windows - not that I understand that OS all that well, but I
>>>>> probably understand it better than I understand the linux systems.
>>>>> I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+ 2.40 GHz processor,
>>>>> with 1.00 GB of RAM, and a (new) 465 GB hard drive.
>>>>> It's currently running (more like "walking") Windows Vista64, but now that
>>>>> I've got hold of a new Windows 7 (x64) box, I'd like to stick a 64-bit linux
>>>>> distro on this older box.
>>>> I would recommend something like Mageia - https://www.mageia.org/en/ . Its
>>>> advantage is that while it has an x86-64 version, you can still install some
>>>> 32-bit i586 packages from the package manager, which are sometimes needed by
>>>> games, proprietary packages such as Skype, etc.
>>> At least on Ubuntu (and I gather recent Debians) I've never had any trouble with 32 and 64 bit stuff co-existing -- they have this multiarch thing going on.
>>> That said, I have hardly ever had to use it in recent years -- it seems like everything comes in 64-bit versions now. (including Skype, the package you mentioned as an example of requiring 32bit support. not true!)
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