I am computer technician from Arizona, and now the proud owner of a great little mid-line rig. with Mint 10 purring along nicely.
I started my foray into linux a little over three years ago, with ubuntu Intrepid running on a dell optiplex 170l:
- Celeron D 2.4 Mhz
onboard intel 82865 graphics/sound/net
1 Gb DDR ram
80 G hd
NO ODD !!
on which, I tried everything - debian, opensuse, fedora, mandriva, zenwalk, salix.. and then, finally, Slackware. I used slackware almost exclusively for 2 years now. and have loved every minute of it. From this setup, I learned a lot about Linux in general - from organizing my desktop, to building a custom kernel from source.
And then, I put together my mid-line rig:
- Athlon II x4 440 (propus, 3.0Ghz)
2 Gb DDR3 1333 RAM
ATI Radeon HS 4670 (HIS)
2x Super-Multi ODD
320 GB HD
I initially installed Slackware 13.1 x86_64, mostly out of tradition, and set about customizing it - newest kernel, latest drivers for wifi devices, dual head/multi-desktop support, multi-lib support for making,installing and running 32 software. And then, I looked back at what I had done, and realized that I had a great computer and OS - and that was it. no extra software, no games, nothing. I also had trouble getting connected to wireless networks. I spent about three weeks trying to get the OS right, and had nothing more than a wide open system. I still wasn't happy.
I decided that, with this new rig, I needed a new OS. one that was for x86_64 platforms had support for all of my hardware out-of-the-box,a lot of software already available, didn't mind some non-free software hanging around, and looked good doing it.
I had heard of Mint, and have even had a friend try it out, and he had good things to say, so I gave it a try... and well,...
I Love it.
I will probably go back to Slackware someday, but just not exclusively anymore.