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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by PPC » Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:20 am

Another curious DW review:
"The best choice from MX Linux will be versions 17.1 and 18. Subsequent versions have worsened. Of these, 18.3 the most unsuccessful. This is the opinion of my hardware on an old 9 year old desktop. And I agree with my computer."
I wonder why the reviewer said this: if there any change in 18.3 that may affect compatibility with older hardware (note; I'm still on 18.2 myself, and I have no reason to complain).

A previous review was simple horrible and strange:
Non functional. Install almost bricked my laptop.
Another distro cured it. I am not giving MX another try.
How does a Os instlation brick a computer, I wonder? Some problem with Grub? Also, how does a distro cure a "almost bricked" computer? :confused: :confused: :confused:

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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by manyroads » Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:30 am

PPC wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:20 am
[...]

How does a Os instlation brick a computer, I wonder? Some problem with Grub? Also, how does a distro cure a "almost bricked" computer? :confused: :confused: :confused:

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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by Fibogacci » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:24 am

manyroads wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:30 am
'fool with a tool' is still a 'fool'. :lipsrsealed:
'...but he's more dangerous than without a tool' ;)
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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by asqwerth » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:52 am

There were changes to the installer for 18.3 though, so who knows?

It is possible some of the more recent reviewers with complaints might have genuinely encountered issues.
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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by Stevo » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:24 pm

asqwerth wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:52 am
There were changes to the installer for 18.3 though, so who knows?

It is possible some of the more recent reviewers with complaints might have genuinely encountered issues.
And we'll take the complaints seriously if they give us serious information about what went wrong; not FUD on the level of "MX is icky and gave my computer the cooties. I had to put a crystal on it to heal its aura."

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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:45 pm

Stevo wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:24 pm
And we'll take the complaints seriously if they give us serious information about what went wrong; not FUD on the level of "MX is icky and gave my computer the cooties. I had to put a crystal on it to heal its aura."
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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by manyroads » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:56 pm

Stevo wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:24 pm
asqwerth wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:52 am
There were changes to the installer for 18.3 though, so who knows?

It is possible some of the more recent reviewers with complaints might have genuinely encountered issues.
And we'll take the complaints seriously if they give us serious information about what went wrong; not FUD on the level of "MX is icky and gave my computer the cooties. I had to put a crystal on it to heal its aura."
We saw crystals for sale today at a flea market. I didn't look closely, so I probably missed the MX Linux crystals... :eek:
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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by colin_b » Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:58 pm

Version: 18.3
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-07-22
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Power management on the Lenovo Thinkpads that are from 7 years to 2 years of age is not optimized and the Thinkpads run hot and uses a lot of battery power.....not a laptop you want to go and sit outside and type a long-winded document for the office or do spreadsheet budget alterations with ....Guys, please look at power optimizations....currently Linux Mint 18 and above caters for all that and battery life is exceptionally longer on Linux Mint than MX Linux.

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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by Stevo » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:28 pm

I wonder if any Thinkpad users here can reproduce that, or if this is more of the same FUD about errors that no one else seems to get.

We did have a 2018.2019 MSI gaming laptop user say on the Debian forums that TLP would cause random lockups on MX until it was uninstalled...

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Re: Distrowatch reveiw grumbles

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Post by colin_b » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:24 pm

Version: 18.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-07-24
Votes: 0

I installed it on two machines, it runs without issues on my old Quad-Core system from 2007 which sports an NVidia card. The proprietary drivers were a cinch to install.

On my laptop, which is AMD, things are a little wonkier. I have to boot into safe video, otherwise things are useless for me. The screen doesn't update itself at all it seems. What I mean by that is, I'll click the "install" option on the desktop, but it appears that the installer freezes. It DOESN'T, and I discovered it accidentally. I clicked the Mx "start" button and I noticed the updated install screen. Basically, every time I entered info on the install screen and clicked "next", I had to hit the 'start' button again just to see the install screen move forward. If I enable 'safevideo' that doesn't happen, but then it'll use the boot parameter of 'nomodeset'. That's fine if you don't plan to tweak anymore, but you can't do anything to configure resolution or anything else.

Specifically, my video is AMD's "Volcanic" something. This distro and PCLinuxOS are the only two distro's I've had issues with, but it was addressed with PCLinuxOS.

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