Hi there, this is my first time here, and i am currently using LXDE Mint on my Dell Inspiron 14 laptop.
It only has 2GB of RAM so I think elive will be fit for this machine.
So, today I tried the live version of Elive.
First off, I tried the "for Old computer" live version, and i encountered a problem where it doesn't detect the wifi card, and the screen turning on and off, goes the same to the touchpad (on and off). not sure why, but yeah, i gave up for the "old computer thing".
then, i try the regular live version. my first impression was like, hmm, it got some speed, well thats good. then i tried running some apps, and opening something like files and suchs. everything good until i tried some video, which opened by VLC media player, it got no sound, and the constant changing background made it even worse, increasing the lagness from the screen. then it freeze.
i did hard reset again and gave it a retry. it got sound this time, the F2, F3 sound setting worked, no problem on everything. well, it's good and tempting to switch over my mint, but for now I still want to stick with mint. these are my conclusions:
- It is faster for first time starting up the browser on my LXDE Mint rather than Elive. well, I use browser alot rather than apps or games on this old laptop. so this is priority.
- It is faster for first time starting up the LibreOffice Writer on Elive rather than Mint.
- There is no indication which my sound increasing or decreasing when pressing F2 / F3.
- I am not sure if install Elive directly will got more speed rather than live version.
- It took me some time and a lot of efforts to set up old canon printers on LXDE Mint, this is another reason I am not changing to Elive yet because I think I have to do the same thing too since Elive is based on Debian.
- The file manager is good, compared to LXDE Mint Thunar file manager which has a problem showing image/video thumbnail. (this also took some time to fix/to find the solution)
- I am not very sure how good Elive on managing the RAM, but I think installing it will provide me a better experience (or worse) idk. because the desktop is looking very graphical, I am afraid it will disappoint me on some point after installation. For Example, Ubuntu or MINT regular installation is VERY heavy on my machine, that's why it needs LXDE or XFCE environment. something that is No graphical at all. But if Elive can guarantee the Graphical display without sacrificing the Speed, tell me.
- Last but not least, so far I have not encrounted any manjor problem YET on Elive (live version). I think elive has a positive future, I can't donate anything but good job on dev on making this OS.