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Yep it can do all of the same things that Linux Mint Cinnamon does without using as many system resources.
OK, Thank you. with your experience with Linux mint, which Linux mint XFce would you recommend.
Version 18(SARAH), 18.1(SERENA), 18.2 (SONYA), or 19 (TERA)? These are the only ones I could find. Having very little experience with earlier versions of mint 7, 8, could you recomend one version over the other one and which download site would be safe and good to download in USA from please? Thank you.
 


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I just did not know right off that I had 64 bit system to use. I just wanted to use what it came up with, if that makes any since, to use what would work.

64 bit should work just fine.

The OP only has 2.0GB of memory and that is the only reason I'd see for running a 32 bit version of LM.

The driver may be 64 bit, though I'd have to go look. This also lets 'em add more RAM if they want. Less and less software is available in 32 bit these days, it's time to move on - especially if they can. With 64 bit, they can go to 4, 8, 16, or however much RAM their system will support - which will do their aging CPU quite some favor. If one can use 64 bit, they might just as well do so. 32 bit will be here for a long time, but will have less and less support (for better or worse).
 
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64 bit should work just fine.



The driver may be 64 bit, though I'd have to go look. This also lets 'em add more RAM if they want. Less and less software is available in 32 bit these days, it's time to move on - especially if they can. With 64 bit, they can go to 4, 8, 16, or however much RAM their system will support - which will do their aging CPU quite some favor. If one can use 64 bit, they might just as well do so. 32 bit will be here for a long time, but will have less and less support (for better or worse).
OK, Thank you. I really did not know how to set it up in 64 bit and did not know if i had enough RAM and other resoures to run 64 bit. I just went with what I was comfortable with using at the time to get mint going. Sorry.
 

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i had enough RAM

It doesn't take more RAM to use a 64 bit OS, really. But you *can* use more RAM with a 64 bit OS.

My advice is, if you can use 64 bit you might as well use it. It's the default standard these days.

Your main concern, with just 2 GB of RAM, will be your desktop environment and how many applications you can have up and running at once. Also, you'll want a swap file and *maybe* to change your swappiness value but that's further down the road.

Installation of a 64 bit OS is the same as installing the 32 bit OS. The steps are the same, except you download a 64 bit .iso - often called x64 or AMD64.
 
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It doesn't take more RAM to use a 64 bit OS, really. But you *can* use more RAM with a 64 bit OS.

My advice is, if you can use 64 bit you might as well use it. It's the default standard these days.

Your main concern, with just 2 GB of RAM, will be your desktop environment and how many applications you can have up and running at once. Also, you'll want a swap file and *maybe* to change your swappiness value but that's further down the road.

Installation of a 64 bit OS is the same as installing the 32 bit OS. The steps are the same, except you download a 64 bit .iso - often called x64 or AMD64.
OK, Thank you. Is there information on how to do a swa file or to change my swappiness? I will concider changing to 64 bit. Thank you again for your help.
 

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OK, Thank you. Is there information on how to do a swa file or to change my swappiness? I will concider changing to 64 bit. Thank you again for your help.

I wouldn't worry about that yet. If you're installing Mint, it'll install a swapfile by default - so that's good. In the old days, we used swap partitions - a bit more work. Use Linux for a few weeks and then we'll worry about changing swappiness.

When the time comes... You can play around with setting swappiness in the terminal before making the change permanent. For example: https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-swappiness/

But, don't worry about that just yet. Use Linux first and then you'll see where you need to make changes.
 
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I wouldn't worry about that yet. If you're installing Mint, it'll install a swapfile by default - so that's good. In the old days, we used swap partitions - a bit more work. Use Linux for a few weeks and then we'll worry about changing swappiness.

When the time comes... You can play around with setting swappiness in the terminal before making the change permanent. For example: https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-swappiness/

But, don't worry about that just yet. Use Linux first and then you'll see where you need to make changes.
[OK, Thank you.
 
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I wouldn't worry about that yet. If you're installing Mint, it'll install a swapfile by default - so that's good. In the old days, we used swap partitions - a bit more work. Use Linux for a few weeks and then we'll worry about changing swappiness.

When the time comes... You can play around with setting swappiness in the terminal before making the change permanent. For example: https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-swappiness/

But, don't worry about that just yet. Use Linux first and then you'll see where you need to make changes.
Thank you for your help.
 
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