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Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby xerion567 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:03 am

Hello everyone!

Many folks in my local community here in Colorado are in need of help- their Windows XP boat is sinking! They are dreading having to spend $$$ to jump to the next Windows boat, replacing their perfectly good computers. :cry: As this area borders on rural territory, nobody has ever heard of Linux :shock: but no worries, I'm making the case that there is an alternative: Linux Mint! :)

I've been volunteering to help folks make the transition around here, so far so good. As with everything computers I do run into issues here and there which I hope I can resolve with the help of this forum. No. 1 question so far is "does it run Office/Word/Excel?" No.1 issue so far is printers, Linux just doesn't like those printers!

Anyhow, if anyone has some advice about helping people with the transition please speak your mind! I'd like to get some thoughts on backups (and backup software), the upsides and downsides of making the switch, and some answers for the question: "who made Linux Mint and why? Especially if it wasn't for money."
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Re: Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby vrkalak on Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:14 am

Welcome to LinuxMint :mrgreen:

Read everything you can -- Forums - Wiki - IRC

Linux: Tricks of the Trade > viewtopic.php?f=60&t=38355
What works for Ubuntu, usually works for Mint > http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
Linux Alternative to Windows > http://www.linuxalt.com/

Remember, all OS-Distro, Apps, DE/WM are Open-Source and have a Help-Forum
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Are 4 LUG (Linux-User Group) listed in CO >

Denver > http://cluedenver.org/
Ft. Collins > http://nclug.org/
Colo. Springs > http://linux.meetup.com/cities/us/co/colorado_springs/ and http://www.meetup.com/csopensource/
Boulder > http://www.meetup.com/The-Denver-Boulde ... tup-Group/
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Re: Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby The-Wizard on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:17 am

Welcome to the mint family forums,

your attempts to educate the masses is admirable

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Re: Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby Crewp on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:56 am

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forums.

Linux uses Libre Office, which is very much like MS Office. Most MS user's find the transition pretty easy.
Also, you did not tell us what version of Linux Mint you are using, and what version you are installing for your friends. It makes a difference to answer questions about printers and other stuff.
http://www.linuxmint.com/teams.php This will show you the Linux Mint team, Clem being the Project Leader, as for why it's made without cost, well most Linux distro's
follow the open source GNU system which you can google and get a little history on.
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Re: Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby killer de bug on Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:53 am

Hi! Welcome in the Linux Mint world. Enjoy the journey and promote it :wink:
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Re: Hello! I'm promoting LM in my local community

Postby jesica on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:04 am

Good day and welcome to the family :mrgreen:
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