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Hello from UK

Postby wiggy25 on Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:15 am

Hi all.

I'm Ian and live in a small village near Grantham in Lincolnshire in the UK.

Like most others bought up on Windows and had heard of the MAC and it's operating system although never used it!
I never knew what Linux or Ubuntu was but have got so fed up with Vista wanted to try something new.

Luckily for me we don't play games on the PC, it's mainly used for email, surfing and a few office documents, so M$ was really over the top.

Installed Ubuntu 10.10 about a month ago now and not needed to boot back into Windows since.
Everything just worked, few bugs but nothing that stops me from using everything.
What's nice is that from Ubuntu can access all of my windows folders as well.

Not really used the command line yet, tried a few things following the Linux.org on-line pdf manual, waiting for some books I've bought so I can read and play at the same time.

So been playing about with Ubuntu since installing and got to say very impressed...but reading the forums and Ubuntu web site they are going to drop Gnome for Unity and also Open Office in favour of Libre Office in forth coming releases!
This to me is just plain crazy, it's a steep learning curve to learn Linux O.S. and other software so why change something that works when there are bugs that should take priority?
I shouldn't really complain as it's all free, but just seems a bit odd to me.

With this in mind looked for another flavour which hopefully won't change things just for the sake of it, and found Linux mint.

Created the Live CD and it appears to be working very well.
I'm not too keen on the email but I can always install Evolution which I find much better.
Will use the Linux Mint live CD for a while and if all is OK will install this over Ubuntu.

Hope to learn lots of new things, they say life begins at 40......so does learning a new OS!

Cheers

Ian
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby tdockery97 on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:51 am

Welcome to the Mint forums wiggy25. You will find a lot of information and help from some very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Mint users. I'm sure you will also want to visit our Mint Community Website at http://community.linuxmint.com/. You will find real-time help in our IRC channels. Just go to Menu>Internet>XChat IRC and when you open it you will automatically be taken to our #linuxmint-chat and #linuxmint-help channels. Have fun with Mint.
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby Clark76 on Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:37 am

So been playing about with Ubuntu since installing and got to say very impressed...but reading the forums and Ubuntu web site they are going to drop Gnome for Unity and also Open Office in favour of Libre Office in forth coming releases!
This to me is just plain crazy, it's a steep learning curve to learn Linux O.S. and other software so why change something that works when there are bugs that should take priority?
I shouldn't really complain as it's all free, but just seems a bit odd to me.

This prompted the switch for me also.
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby rivenathos on Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:42 am

Welcome to the forum. Lots to see and do here. :D
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby jesica on Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:23 pm

hallo and welcome to the forum
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby Oscar799 on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:33 pm

Hello wiggy25
Welcome to Mint Forum :P
There is a lot of useful information for new and not-so-new users here -> viewtopic.php?f=60&p=302358#p302358
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby willie42 on Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:17 pm

welcome to the Linux Mint Forums :D
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Re: Hello from UK

Postby nairobie on Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Hi and welcome. I would point out that theres a huge amount of information but as you can see that has already been covered.

wiggy25 wrote:but reading the forums and Ubuntu web site they are going to drop Gnome for Unity and also Open Office in favour of Libre Office in forth coming releases!


Regarding that line I would like too point out that Unity will be running ontop of Gnome, much like Gnome-Shell will. In the end you really get three choises by this, regular Gnome, Unity or Gnome Shell.
Regarding Open Office and Libre Office, the latter is a fork and so far is really not all that different. I think it has two(dont qoute me on that) new features, but a bunch of bug fixes. Until Oracle(company owning Open Office) decides that it needs to do a gearshift and really speed up the development of if I would recommend most people to go with LO.
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