Ian (lovingboth) wrote,
Ian
lovingboth

Goodbye Sam, hello Samantha

As you may have noticed from the moans, I have been having problems with Firefox crashing for several versions now. As the same binaries work vastly better on the netbook, I've come to the conclusion that it's something to do with the OS, in this case Linux Mint.

What to do? The netbook has Xubuntu, but when I try adding an Xubuntu partition to the drive, and have it to use the exist /home partition*, it will boot fine, login fine in text mode, but not into the GUI. Even when I install the MATE desktop that I've been using in Linux Mint.

A look around Distrowatch comes up with a couple of possibilities, but the one that makes most sense is Mint Debian, which is based on Debian directly rather than via Ubuntu. It will make some problems (the PPAs that have the latest versions of some things for Ubuntu and derivatives typically don't work with Debian) but it gives a very nice combination of the advantages of Debian Testing and of Mint's more relaxed attitude to some issues of moral purity. (You get Firefox rather than being rebranded as Iceweasel because of not agreeing with Mozilla's limitations on what you can do with the Firefox logos, for example.)

We'll see if it works in terms of ending the crashes...

* Obviously /home - where all your data and personal config files are - is on its own partition, because that makes upgrading or changing the OS sooooo much easier.

This entry was originally posted at http://lovingboth.dreamwidth.org/519858.html, because despite having a permanent account, I have had enough of LJ's current owners trying to be evil. Please comment there using OpenID - comment count unavailable have and if you have an LJ account, you can use it for your OpenID account. Or just join Dreamwidth! It only took a couple of minutes to copy all my entries here to there.
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