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April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby nofudge on Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:35 pm

Greetings from the Great White North, Tip 'O the Mitt, MI. Finally a day above freezing! I have dabbled with Mint 15 (dual boot with XP), but now that my good old Thinkpad R60 is not capable of a new windows system, I wiped the slate clean and installed Mint 13 to get a supported distro. I did not have any problems with Olivia but seeing it was no longer supported I decided to go this route. Any thoughts? I did however have to purchase a new laptop for school, which leaves me this one to play with. My major is in geographic information systems, so I have been working on my computer skills for the past 4 years. Not bad for never having touched a computer before 2009 (50 year old displaced worker/homebuilder). I am hoping this will be a good place to find information when I run into problems, and if anyone else running a R60 has any helpful tips I would be glad to hear them.
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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby Crewp on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:25 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint. :D
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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby daveinuk on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:35 pm

Mint 13 would be a good choice I would imagine, on mint 16 myself 64 bit with a T61, not sure how the spec's differ from yours but 16 flys on this . . . . .
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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby Zorba on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:47 pm

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here are XP themes for your Linux MInt in case you get nostalgic: http://www.noobslab.com/2014/01/windows-xp-theme-is-available-for.html :D :D

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For geography check this application directory https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/department/geography/ and BTW Linux Mint is 100 per cent compatible with Ubuntu :D

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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby nofudge on Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:11 am

Thank you for the info Zorba, I have quite a bit to learn, and it is going to be interesting. :)
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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby The-Wizard on Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:08 am

Welcome to the mint family forums,
we have new members joining all the time from early teens to octogenarians, most problems you encounter will have been found before and had a fix or work round found,if you need to ask questions please give details of your hardware..

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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby jesica on Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:06 am

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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby vrkalak on Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:48 am

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Re: April Showers bring old machines with XP to Linux

Postby Banzai Beagle on Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:19 am

Welcom nofudge!

I came to the GIS world about 10 years ago also in my 50s, what a coincidence. Although I've since retired from professional GIS work (I was a cadastral cartographer) I still dabble with it on my Window machine (I have a student copy of ArcGIS 9.1).

I too would be interested to know if you find any GIS programs that run well on Mint (I am using Mint 16 Cinnamon).

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