Greetings and Felicitations!
My name is Rich, and I'm an alco...um, Window...I mean, a former
Recently, the hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 8600
crashed. Because of that, I (and my wife Mary) have taken the opportunity to "reevaluate" our Operating System options. The only Unix exposure I've had was IBM's AIX v4.3 (I think that's the version), about 10 years ago (also formerly of the IT world w/ 20 years experience). Assuming that Linux has become more than it was 10 years ago, I started looking at Linux OS's to try. We finally decided to go with Mint 13: KDE
While I've only run into one snag (I still can't get the wireless network to work), we're both very happy with it. Upgrading to KDE v4.9 was painless, and so was forcing the latest version of Skype, once I was told how (thanks again to those that have taken the time to answer my n00b questions!).
Right now, I have Maya installed on an external USB drive. Next week, a replacement drive for the 8600 should arrive, and I plan on installing Maya on that as well...hopefully I'll have the wireless issue corrected by then. The plan is to then give the 8600 to our daughter, and to install the 64-bit Maya on a Dell Inspiron N411Z
...which will probably happen in another couple of weeks out.
In the mean time, I'm sure I'm going to continue to post a few n00b questions (I can think of 3 off the top of my head, if I can't figure them out myself), and I thank everyone in advance for the help and advice that'll be give.
And thank you for taking the time to read my little blurb.