There was nothing wrong with Linux Mint after all
As a confirmed Ubuntu user at home, and an anything-for-quite-life soul, I am generally loathe to mess with new operating systems.
However, a friend of mine suggested Linux Mint as a option for any slower x86 computer I happened to have lying around.
Mint comes in several versions.
One of them has Ubuntu under the bonnet, but a lighter-weight desktop that is easier for old processors to chew compared with Ubuntu’s Unity desktop.
So over the Easter weekend I downloaded the DVD image, and burned a DVD.
- a tip here, use the slowest burn speed available for the best chance of a working DVD or CD.
Anyway, I ran Mint from the DVD and it worked, except that it would not get onto the Internet.
The computer was communicating with the router/modem, but couldn’t not find anything beyond.
…..an hour of frustrated attempts to fix this passes……
Back to Ubuntu and, woe, no Internet with this either.
…..more wasted time……
Give up, go to bed.
Next morning, the birds were singing, and all was right with the world, including Internet communications.
Looks like there was (probably) nothing wrong with Mint.
Alice Towers is quite a way from the exchange, and I had somehow forgotten that my broadband disappears if there is a lot of Internet access by other folk on the estate. And it was such an evening.
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