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Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby nuiq2 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:07 pm

Hello, just wanted to say that I am really enjoying Mint 15 MATE. I have tinkered a bit over the years with Linux Mint but never committed to it seriously until a few weeks ago when I began to notice all of the "rave" reviews of Mint 15. I have been using Windows 7.

I ordered a refurbished desktop -- a Dell Optiplex 760, 64-bit, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD -- from TigerDirect. I then ordered the installation discs from osdisc.com and overwrote the installed OS (Windows 7 Professional) with Linux Mint 15 MATE, 64-bit.

Everything went well with the install. I manually partitioned 125GB of the HD, setting up a / partition, a /home partition and a swap. I notice, though, that the swap didn't install, maybe because I have 4GB of RAM?

I only used half the space on the HD because I am considering dualbooting Mint 15 Cinnamon. Is that wise to dualboot two distros that are so similar? Or I should ask, can that be done since I have already partitioned the drive?

I can use Linux Mint but I'm not really very conversant with Linux. Don't overwhelm me with too technical an answer, please.

Again, I have really been enjoying Mint 15. Everything that I have tried has worked, although I am neither a gamer nor a geek. Let me retract that. I seem to be having a problem playing movie DVDs but I will address that later in the forum.

Sure hope Mint 16 and especially Mint 17 LTS are as stable as this one. :D
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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby The-Wizard on Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:39 pm

welcome to the mint family forums

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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby Crewp on Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:04 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint :D
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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby jesica on Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:30 am

Good day,

Welcome to the forum,

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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby daveinuk on Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:44 am

Hello nuiq2 and welcome to the forums,

I don't know why your swap wouldn't have installed? Have you checked in the partition manager gparted? You could maybe open another thread for this if so, for your cinnamon question, it will be fine to do a stock install with MATE, when you install you will get the option to install alongside MATE, choose this option if you want to keep it simple for now but there are many options available, have a read through some of the stickies at the top of the forum, there's a ton of advice there already.

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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby catweazel on Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:47 am

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Re: Hello from Mississippi, USA

Postby nuiq2 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:07 pm

Hello daveinuk and thanks for your response. I just saw in the System Monitor that I only had two partitions -- / and /home. The swap partition that I made had disappeared. I recall reading somewhere that if you have 4GB or more of RAM, a swap partition is unnecessary. So, since I have 4 GB, I just assumed the swap partition was dropped automatically as being unnecessary. I cannot debate this because, as I admitted up front, I know just enough about Linux to be dangerous (to myself). Whatever happened, it is working well enough that I cannot complain. But about dualbooting Mint 15 Cinnamon, will installing the second OS automatically install a /boot partition? Thanks.
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