Well, I thought I'd say hello because my first post was in a different area where I had a question about GRUB. I got a really quick response from a few members. And they were very nice about answering my question and making me feel welcome and all.
So I look forward to interacting with this new-found community as I explore Mint and maybe other flavours of Linux.
Over the years I've dabbled a bit here and there in Linux Installs. I even had Yellow Dog on my PS 3 for a while. But I honestly never considered migrating to Linux as a sole OS, feeling that it wasn't quite right just yet.
Some months ago, I installed Ubuntu NBR on my Dell Mini 10v, and was very impressed to see how far Linux has come. Originally I had Ubuntu 9.04, and even though it was the netbook remix version, I preferred running it in Gnome. In the latest version of Ubuntu, I no longer have that option (at least not out of box), so I started looking for an alternative, and that's how I found Mint.
And oh boy do I love this OS.
I should say, my mini is a toy. It's a triple boot : XP/ OS X 10.6.4 / and Mint.
The machine I'm on now is a Compaq laptop that's only about a year and a half years old, but had become practically useless with Vista installed. I had re-installed the OS a few times, and still the issues persisted.
I've had Mint on this laptop about a week now, and it's like I've gotten a brand new machine!
Now this is certainly an OS I would consider as a sole OS. I even wonder how it would run on my Mac Pro.
I love how customisable it is. And everything worked out of box-- with the exception of wifi on my mini, and that was an easy fix. From watching video files to music to web surfing... everything just works. Firefox is great in this environment -- I don't use it anymore in Mac or Win, but it's my go-to browser in Linux.
I'm even able to stream video content from my Mac to this laptop with no problem!
I love how responsive Mint is. I love how I don't have to put up with having to run Vista any more. Of course having Wine is a great for the few applications I still have to run from the windoze world...
Overall my experience with Mint has been a joy.
I'm already dual-booting this machine..... no, not with win, but with Mint KDE 'cause I wanted to give that a try. KDE looks great. But unfortunately it's not running just right on this system (just yet, I'm sure the final release will be more polished).
Even though I will probably continue to check out different distros, I think Mint it where it's at. These guys are really doing it all just right.
I won't ramble on.... any more.