I've just installed Linux for the first time ever. I'm only a semi-geek at best, but it's all been pretty straight forward (apart from one little issue, which I'll go find the right board for in a minute...)
As said above, I live in London. I came across Mint in France - my dad had managed to install it on his new laptop, decided he didn't like it after all (he used to work for Big Blue in the 70s, we can only expect so much!), but couldn't figure out how to delete Mint and reinstall WinXP, so asked me for help. I managed to do it, with a lot of Googling for answers, naturally! But I've been intrigued by the idea of trying out Mint myself ever since.
I have an aged IBM (there's that name again...) ThinkPad R31. I wasn't sure it was still alive, to be honest, but turns out it just had a knackered AC adapter, which had also taken out the fuse in the plug! Anyway, all ok again, and I've just about managed to squeeze in my install as a dual boot with Windows (until I get everything I want installed, and can get rid of Win, anyway).
My current problem is that the screen saver crashes the laptop every time I try to look at options. As said, I will go look for a suitable place to ask about that, but if someone happens to know, please feel free to post a link for me. Thanks in advance!