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Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:58 pm

Hello all.

I just installed Mint 17 Cinnamon, I think it called and just playing around with it so time will tell!

I am pretty new to linux and I have played around with it many moons ago off and on. I have tried various distro's like Mint, Suse, Ubuntu, Puppy, Knoppix and Redhat for the most part over the years but usually find something I cannot do within linux so I quit using it and go back to Windoze! My personal favs were Suse, Ubuntu and Mint.

Usually it is something that wont work like my printer, my camera (getting pics off) or sharing/accessing my Windoze "data" driver where all my files are kept. I hope this version makes some of that easier but so far I have installed the printer, which if found but wont print out a test page.

Thx.
Mike

P.S. My goal is to get it setup to use as my file server, whether I am in my network (at home) or outside my network to access my files on my tablet. Using my printer and just learning! :)
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby The-Wizard on Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:57 pm

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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby jimallyn on Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:13 pm

Welcome aboard, ekim! Regarding your printer, the best source for information on which printers will work with Linux is:

https://www.openprinting.org/printers

For some of them, there are tricks you need to know, and this website will usually have the tricks.
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:25 pm

jimallyn wrote:Welcome aboard, ekim! Regarding your printer, the best source for information on which printers will work with Linux is:

https://www.openprinting.org/printers

For some of them, there are tricks you need to know, and this website will usually have the tricks.


That figures! I look at the link you sent and my printer wasnt on there! I have a Canon MG5420, which is not that old! :)

Thanks for the welcomes!

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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby Crewp on Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:33 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby jimallyn on Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:51 pm

We used to say that Canon printers came in three varieties: paperweight, doorstop, and boat anchor. Sounds like that's still true. I'm rather partial to HP printers, they have great support for Linux. I understand Epson and Brother have been supporting Linux lately, too.
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:24 pm

jimallyn wrote:We used to say that Canon printers came in three varieties: paperweight, doorstop, and boat anchor. Sounds like that's still true. I'm rather partial to HP printers, they have great support for Linux. I understand Epson and Brother have been supporting Linux lately, too.


When I first started to mess with linux alittle bit back in the SuSe days I think version 8.04 or maybe that was Ubuntu's version....been along time! Anyway, I had HP's that I had the same issue with so when my last HP died I decided to go with the Canon and go figure, then arent any better.

My linux use has been a love/hate since day one for a few reasons. These the printer problem, always had a printer install problem no matter what brand. Trying to setup Samba to share Win files cross platform and then there was no knowing what program to use in linux to do what I want to do whether is was use my camera usb with linux box, download youtube vid or program using some bittorent deal that was usually slower than crap or photo touchup/edit or downloading a program and not knowing how to install it (got that right now too, ahh memories) to whatever. This time I will not try to get frustrated and give up on Linux even when I run into issues and I know I will cause I just installed and already have some! :)

Thanks for the welcomes everyone!

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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby all41 on Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:18 pm

three varieties: paperweight, doorstop, and boat anchor

:lol: Too funny :lol:
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby myglaren on Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:01 pm

With one exception, a Brother printer, which worked OK-ish after a little persuasion, I have used HP printers with a fair degree of success.

I have been very pleased lately though that there is no installation required - on six machines over the past two-three years it was just a matter of selecting it and printing, even on a very ancient Toshiba I set up for my non-tech ex-wife.
Far simpler than my Windows experience with them.
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby jahid on Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Welcome to the Mint family..... :mrgreen:
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:31 pm

myglaren wrote:With one exception, a Brother printer, which worked OK-ish after a little persuasion, I have used HP printers with a fair degree of success.

I have been very pleased lately though that there is no installation required - on six machines over the past two-three years it was just a matter of selecting it and printing, even on a very ancient Toshiba I set up for my non-tech ex-wife.
Far simpler than my Windows experience with them.


It is just my luck! Even when I dabbled with linux many, many years ago, I have always had some kind of printer issue. Even when I had HP printers, it was my luck that the particular model didnt work.
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:33 pm

jahid wrote:Welcome to the Mint family..... :mrgreen:


Thanks! Hopefully, I wont run into too many snags that will cause me to go back to windows as I like linux, love the idea of linux but being a noob, there are things I need to do on a desktop that I dont know how to setup in linux and that usually forces me to switch back or keep a windows box. :)
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby vrkalak on Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:49 pm

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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby ekim on Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:40 pm

vrkalak wrote:.
:mrgreen: ..:: Welcome to LinuxMint ::.. :mrgreen:

Read everything you can -- Forums - Wiki - IRC

Linux: Tricks of the Trade > viewtopic.php?f=60&t=38355
"All Linux OS-Distros" Forums and Tutorials > http://linuxquestions.org/questions/
What works for Ubuntu, usually works for Mint > http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
Linux Alternative to Windows > http://www.linuxalt.com/
LinuxMint Community Forums - Tutorials > http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/welcome

** Remember, all OS-Distro, Apps, DE/WM are Open-Source and have a Help-Forum


I do constantly browse all over reading what I can from all kinds of sources! Thx. :)
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Re: Hello all. Linux noob trying Mint 17 out! :)

Postby anandrkris on Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:48 am

Welcome to Mint family. Check below link for plug-ins to customize Cinnamon.
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