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Linux Mint as alternative for Ubuntu 11.04

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At home I have an old (end 2003) machine with Ubuntu 11.04 installed. When upgrading to 11.10, or trying 12.04, I had several problems. I want to use this computer as a scanner for my slides, and VueScan simply doesn't work. It crashes constantly. I blame Unity/Gnome3, or maybe other drivers that are not working with this machine. As 11.04 ends being supported in October, I'm looking for an alternative, a good desktop, gnome 2, preferably debian-based, with at least one or two years of support ahead. I really like the Ubuntu up til 11.04 desktop, and hope I can find a similar experience.

Is Linux Mint the way to go? I see there are several options like MATE/Cinnamon and Xfce. Does it really matter aside from the layout of menus? I like Cinnamon the most from the screenshots, but I hear a lot about xfce, so is there any reason to choose one over the other?
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by:jeffmeverett
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Depending on how familiar you are with Linux based operating systems and it sounds like you are I love Mint! I have used it before a few times on older machines and it seems to be more hassle free than Ubuntu. Ubuntu wants to update every 5 minutes and that causes slow downs when the computer comes out of sleep mode and such. I like the Google Cherry OS or Chrome OS as well. Totally Google based but stable. I would try Mint for sure. I like it very much and its popularity is soaring. Fedora isn't bad and I also like OpenSuse but as with any operating system they have their ups and downs. Also remember you can find a ton of Linux OS distros at www.distrowatch.com  Have fun!
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Ricardo Martínez earned 2000 total points
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Well, about the Desktop environment question, xface is a good option to save your computers resources, it's a lightweight environment that can be used in low resources computers or sometimes also in servers, cinnamon is a bit more "heavier" than xface, it has a good looking interface and really user-friendly. I think those are the main facts you need to evaluate for choosing the desktop environment.

About the ubuntu-linux mint question, remember linux mint is based on ubuntu, you need to check what kernel or ubuntu version is the linux mint version based in, cause if it is based on the version that is getting you problems, you might have the same problems in linux mint.
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by:R7AF
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Thanks for the replies! The comment about the kernel is very useful, hadn't thought about that.
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by:Ricardo Martínez
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You're welcome. Just remember to give us the points if you got the answer to your question. Thanks.

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Ricardo
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by:R7AF
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Mint didn't work with VueScan, same problems. I'm now back to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I like Mint though. That's a lot better than Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity.
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