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Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby RonanC on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:19 pm

Hey guys,

I'm in my second year of a programming course in Ireland (Galway, Mint's homeland! :D ) and I hear so much about Linux from classmates and lecturers that I just had to give it a go.

My data structures lecturer loves Linux, talks about how smooth, secure and reliable it is.

I'm dual booting with Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Edition (Ubuntu based).
I absolutely love it!.
I need Windows for Visual Studio (making windows phone/tablet apps).


One of the epiphanies I had one evening 2 weeks ago was that most of my software started out open source or was available on Linux.
For example:
-uTorrent (using transmission now)
-Notepad++ (use gedit now)
-Cisco Packet Tracer
-Libre Office instead of MS office

I use Tomboy notes instead of OneNote, more slimmed down, I prefer it.
Also the calc, notepad and screen capture tools are better than MS ones.

to be honest I used GIMP a lot the past 2 years as our college has it installed on all the IT lab computers, this got me into open source.
I did a presentation on GIMP and learned all about Linus & Stallman.

Interesting guys with great ideas. 8)


I made a bootable USB with Linux and I could finally play minecraft on my pc! which Windows wouldn't allow.
This is from my USB! :roll:
So I spent the weekend researching Linux, watching videos on open source etc and I made the dive.
I love it, the guys on the IRC are so sound.
One of them guided me through the whole set up of my laptop and even sent me a copy of the game FEZ.
Still in contact with him.

All in all it's a great community and the next step for me is to get involved with an open source project.

I would especially like to get involved with some work in relation to Linux mint, some community project, give something back you know :)

Any ideas or thought would be great.


-A happy Linux newb :wink:
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Re: Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby BBistheKing on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:49 pm

Welcome to Mintland

Have you checked this page out...

bottom half is about project contribution and way down the bottom is code contribution section
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Re: Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby vrkalak on Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:01 am

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Re: Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby The-Wizard on Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:29 am

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Re: Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby Crewp on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:52 am

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D
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Re: Galway Programmer new to Linux Mint

Postby jesica on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:02 am

Good day and welcome to the family :mrgreen:

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