Windows sucks - alternatives?

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  1. theoak2

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    Here, here! UNCNDL1

    I don't have a CF-53, but I have CF-31 MK 1 and MK 3. Both worked "out of the box" with LinuxMint 18.2. Had to install and use xinput_calibrator as sudo to get touchscreen working, but otherwise everything works "out of the box".
     
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    Another great Toughbook choice. I used Mint for years (LMDE) before finding MX-16 Linux.
     
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    I feel myself being persuaded toward MX-16. So many good comments about it. What, in particular made you switch?

    Is software selections as good as Mint?
     
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    MX-16: https://mxlinux.org/
    I've been addicted to older Toughbooks since 2010 and started using Linux since then. I like the portable usb aspect of persistence, which MX provides.
    They have excellent videos and support and for me it was the simplicity of the xfce desktop that I liked when using Mint. The debian version of MX is similar to LMDE 1 & 2 and allowed me to quickly use Linux to log into my company server that uses Citrix Receiver. The newest version of MX-16.1 works out of the box, and has a package manager the allows you to quickly configure the base system with many features:
    https://mxlinux.org/mx16videos
    The persistent usb they show you how to make is very useful and works quite well on the Panasonic Toughbooks, both old and new alike.
     
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    I tried MX 16.1 yesterday. For some reason, it was soooo slow on my CF-31 (with 8GB RAM) that I figured I did something wrong. So I wiped the SSD and re-installed fresh. Still slow. I changed to what I thought were faster repositories, but still feels really slow. I put Linux Mint 18.2 back on it, and it was fast again.

    MX must not like something I have hardware wise. (Probably that accursed Gobi2000 card, or maybe it doesn't like the Radeon graphics.)

    8 hours was probably not a truly good effort before giving up. When my new HDD caddy comes, I will try MX on my other CF-31 MK3 with 16 GB RAM. I'm tired of unscrewing the caddy to change hard drives, but enjoy trying new Distros.
     
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    I Previously downloaded MX 16.1 64bit, but maybe the ones you reference are different, so I'll try again after my caddy comes in. I don't want to wipe my working Linux Mint until I know MX will work better, but I will try again. Too many people saying good things about MX not to try again.
     
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    I would try the latest linked, and make a persistent live USB drive on an 8GB quality drive.
    It will have most of the newest updates


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    UNCNDL1:

    Downloaded MX 16.1 64-bit from that link you referenced, and finally got drive caddy and put MX on CF-31 MK1. This time it is working really nice.

    Not sure if DVD was bad, or file I downloaded was corrupt, but it is working nicely now. I've had it installed for a week and my only trouble was when I set it to auto-login. MX did not like that at all. Turned auto-login off, and all is well again.
     
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    Glad to hear this.
    I use it daily on a CF-53 and it works equally as well on a 29, 30, 31, C2 for me

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