[xubuntu-users] Is there a list for *ABSOLUTE* beginners withXubuntu?

George DiceGeorge dicegeorge at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 8 22:02:00 UTC 2013


i’d try the lastest version xubuntu 12.04 
rather than an old 2010 version,
see if it works off a live CD before installing it.
[g]


From: David Walland 
Sent: Sunday, 08 September, 2013 21:50
To: Xubuntu Support and User Discussions 
Subject: Re: [xubuntu-users] Is there a list for *ABSOLUTE* beginners withXubuntu?

I actually have an SSD (32GB) in this machine, so the swapping is really quite quick.  Also one 256 MB and one 128 MB stick of memory, not just 256 MB.  I've now discovered a Samsung 256 MB stick which *might* run on this machine - it appears to need *Samsung* memory in the first socket.  I'll be trying to fit it at some stage when the other jobs give me time.  You will have gathered that I like playing with and rebuilding computers but getting to the memory in this machine can lead to damaged keys if I'm not *really* careful - the keyboard has to be prised up with a screwdriver to access the memory slots. That would give me half a gig if it works! 

I did check on which Ubuntu version was appropriate for this calibre of computer and Xubuntu 10.04 was the recommendation from the Internet.


On my Windows PCs, Office Libre is significantly different to Open Office and I prefer it for various reasons which are not terribly relevant here except that *that* was why I was trying to load it in the first place.

At some stage I'll have to load printer drivers for our Epson 1290 printer and would appreciate advice as to how to do so (and where to get them from).  The driver discs (we have a collection) are only for Windows and Mac as far as I can see but I imagine someone will have decided they couldn't live without one of these (*we* can't, this is our 6th or 7th Epson Stylus Photo 1290 - "mission control" likes them and we have flow cell etc, but they're getting thinner on the ground these days) attached to a Linux machine.

Eventually, I'm trying to get to the point where we have my wife's MacBook running Mac OS and Ubuntu/Linux on all the other laptops. So this machine is a first part of the learning curve.  I have ideas of eventually revamping it to be a dedicated controller of one of my wife's kilns, which is designed to allow computer control but that's a long way away yet - I have to learn C first.  So it's currently a genuine spare right now.  It'll be fun to do that.

Regards,

David Walland



On 8 September 2013 16:24, George DiceGeorge <dicegeorge at hotmail.com> wrote:

  with only 256 mb ram there will be lots of swapping data from RAM to hard disk which takes ages - I keep an eye on the little green light which shows processor usage, and only click when the light has stopped flashing - or else everything freezes up.
  [george]


  -----Original Message----- From: Pasi Lallinaho
  Sent: Sunday, 08 September, 2013 16:05 

  To: Xubuntu Support and User Discussions

  Subject: Re: [xubuntu-users] Is there a list for *ABSOLUTE* beginners with Xubuntu?


  On 08/09/13 16:44, Peter Flynn wrote:

    On 09/08/2013 10:42 AM, David Walland wrote:

      Dear All,

      I've been watching and reading all your input and am beginning to
      suspect that some of you think that there is a problem with the
      Xubuntu on my old laptop.  I have to say that I doubt that.  I can
      *use* parts of it.


    It sounds as if the operating system itself is working fine.


      I can write letters etc in Open Office, even if I can't work out why
      I can't replace it with Office Libre.


    What happens if you use Synaptic to delete OpenOffice entirely,
    and then install Libre Office entirely?

    Oh wait...Libre Office probably isn't in the 10.04 repositories. Can you
    download it from their web site at http://www.libreoffice.org/download
    into /tmp (at least the main one, which is 154Mb of .tar.gz file).
    Unwrap it with tar zxvf filename.tar.gz and then install it with
    gdebi *.deb (if gdebi isn't installed in 10.04, install that first).


  LibreOffice is basically OpenOffice. If you are running an older system
  with only OpenOffice in the repositories, I'd suggest keeping with that
  and not trying to install LibreOffice.


      The things I can't do are almost certainly there for the doing, if
      only I knew enough to ask the right question or look in the right
      place.


    I think you're asking the right questions in the right place, but I
    suspect that the machine is having problems with memory. It simply
    doesn't have enough.


  I would imagine Xubuntu would be slow with 256MB memory, but then again
  you are running an older version and ultimately, slow is subjective.
  It's possible that certain applications won't be able to run with that
  amount of memory though, so take that into consideration.


    *snip*


  And for what comes to the original question in the mail title: this *is*
  the list you are looking for. Welcome!

  Yt,
  Pasi

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