I'm a long time linux enthusiast. I have a background in digital audio and video.
I started using linux around red-hat 4.0, switched to suse linux then vector linux for a very long time.
Vector was great because I believe the power of the pc should go to the user, not the os. I prefer quick and responsive so I've stuck with vector running xfce for years. Because of the lack of software in the vector repos and my annoyance at building slackware packages, I switched from that to puppy linux based on ubuntu.
That was cool for awhile but I don't see the advantage of using the ubuntu repos if half the apps you try to install don't work, so I looked for a more complete and feature rich linux system with which to build my new linux machine.
New linux machine is a discarded former full tower server I got from a friend, its a dual core 3.0ghz, 4 gigs ram, a couple of terrabytes storage, sb audigy, and an ati video card. Not exactly bleeding edge, but it suits my needs very well due to mint and xfce being very resource friendly. Also there is something cool about a full tower... Lots of room in the beast to grow, though I may never need it. (Maybe it just looks more powerful?) I don't know but I like it...
I've spent the past several days configuring my system. My only criticism is it took me many hours to locate a problem of no sound playing, it was simply a switch in the mixer, but if you don't think to look there, your likely to spend hours and hours trying to diagnose the cause of the problem. After that most of my time was spent installing all updates (20-25 minutes not bad) configuring compiz, and customizing my desktop to my usual. The rest of my time has been spent copying many megabytes of files, mp3's, movies, games etc. I have sort of dedicated this machine to be my everyday computer, so its getting loaded up with alot of my
stuff collected through the years.
Since I was already very experienced with xfce and compiz,,, This has been the easiest "migration" I have taken ever. Almost everything just worked, and it was really a pleasure to install this and setup my new "favorite" computer.
I still have a lot of work to do... Planning on installing windows xp in virtualbox, setting up amiga os3,9 in uae or euae, I have 8 gigs of dos games to copy and make launchers for... And alot more,.,
So far, migrating a new dedicated machine to linux mint xfce has been a pleasure. I love the software center and the synaptic package manager, especially having spent so much time in the past building (or trying to build) apps from source tarballs and so on with vector linux. Its so nice to search and find just about anything with point and click quick installs. Its just so much more enjoyable this way.
I'm very interested in doing a custom respin of this for my friends and family, so if anyone has any links or info on doing so, I'm all ears.
Thank you to the developers, you've done a fantastic job on this, its a thing of digital beauty.