As a newcomer to the Linux world via its Mint 12 distro, I am thrilled to find how complete this operating system is. In my view, I can confidently say that the ground has really began shaking under Microsoft Windows.
I Installed Mint 12 Lisa within Windows XP in order to take it for a test ride. After several weeks of dual booting with Windows XP as 'host', I began to feel inclined towards Mint 12. What happened later was that my Windows OS succumbed to a severe malware attack which rendered it functionless 'Brain-Dead'. In spite of the severity of the attack, the Guest OS “Mint 12” escaped unscathed, and continued to function to this day without a glitch, even though under a fallen host. It became obvious to me how vulnerable M.S Windows was in spite of an activated firewall and an updated anti-virus software. On the other hand, Linuxmint 12 proved far less vulnerable to such catastrophes, and much more immune against the notorious file fragmentation problem which is known to plague Windows systems.
Another point in favor of Linuxmint -and Ubuntu as well- is that their Live CD/DVD provided a useful and dependable operating system on it's own merit, a feature which comes handy in cases of loss of the installed operating system. Using the Linux live CD, I could connect to the Internet via my G3 usb modem, and print using my HP 1020 Laser-jet printer, the kinds of task I couldn't get any other 'Boot CD' to accomplish.
What surprised me even further about Mint 12, was the “Document Viewer” that came with the installation DVD, which was capable not only of viewing PDF files, but of filling PDF forms too, a thing which needed a separate software in Windows.
And although I first had difficult time trying to enable audio input via the Mic in 'Sound Recorder' of Linuxmint in order to speak through 'Skype', I ultimately got it solved, thanks to the lots of help made available on-line by a growing number of Mint and Ubuntu enthusiasts, the help without which I wouldn't have succeeded in getting Linuxmint to recognize my Genx Flatbed scanner.
So the 'Guest' has now taken full control from the effete virus stricken 'Host', and I decided to inaugurate Linuxmint as the default Os, or rather 'Boss'.