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Hi :)
hah, ok so Ubuntu 14.04's "Startup Disk Creator" only worked for a few of
the distros i downloaded.  No immediately obvious pattern wrt family etc.

Bodhi was amazing!  A tad empty but looks intriguing, kinda reminds me of
antiX a bit but is completely different.

Mint Xfce and Mint Mate and Kubuntu were really fast!  I'd heard the folks
at Kde were working hard at making it faster and lighter but never believed
it until i saw it racing along there!
Regards from
Tom :)

On 23 April 2014 22:31, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
There is nothing actually stopping you from continuing to use Xp.
Something like 30% of desktops are still on Xp.

Just take care to avoid phishing scams etc.  Also consider a dual-boot on

If you want to give a Gnu&Linux a go then it's best to download (torrent
if poss) a few different versions.  Ubuntu makes it easy to make a LiveUsb
to test-drive the distro.  On 2 of 'my' really ancient machines all
different versions of Mint crashed or were horribly slow but that says more
about my machines than about Mint.  On a merely fairly old machine it flew
along and looked really nice.  Err, i only tried the cinamon, mate and kde
versions (to be fair that leaves xfce and debian to go)
Regards from
Tom :)

On 23 April 2014 22:16, Virgil Arrington <> wrote:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:        RE: [libreoffice-users] Windows lifecycle [was:
Date:   Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:10:24 -0400
From:   Virgil Arrington <>
To:     James Knott <>

James Knott wrote,

I run openSUSE Linux on my computers and have for several years. It's
generally possible to to an upgrade as new versions come out.

I'm thinking of installing Mint Debian to my (now defuct XP) desktop. I
understand it's a rolling release, which should me continuous ongoing
support. At least now I have an extra computer to experiment with and
become even more familiar with that lovely little penguin.


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