I thought it was time to say hello. My name is Steve, from good old blighty!
I've just installed Mint on a slightly ageing PC. I have to say its one of the best distributions I've come across in the Linux/Unix world, and I have used a few. I started in Linux using Gentoo quite a few years back but got tired of spending all my time emerging instead of actually using the computer. Since then I have (briefly) tried Ubuntu, LinuxFromScratch, Mandrake (Back in the day!), RedHat and a few other lesser known ones, but there were always show-stoppers for me.
This Mint installation was perfect! It has recognised all of the hardware without issue, I have the proper Nvidia driver installed with just a few clicks as well as the outstanding updates that were notified. All quite painless and a very simple affair.
After that, I simply spent 20 minutes or so doing a quick bit of customisation for the themes and window stuff, and the end result is just great! Very polished and a wicked experience. All the graphics and font rendering are working well, the default menu layout is so easy to use and looks great with the brushed metal effect, and the switching back and forth between 'Favourites' and 'All Applications' is one of the best ideas I've seen. Very well done!
Am so pleased I've come across Mint the way it is right now
Not a lot else to say really, apart from a big thanks to everyone involved in this latest edition. The whole experience works far better than I ever would have anticipated. Mint is now my new best friend
Just a little hardware info now :
M/b : Intel DG965OT
Mem : 2 x 512Mb DDR2 800
CPU : X6800 Extreme Edition (A bit dated but still a very good performer)
HDD : Seagate 500 Gb
GPU: Nvidia 7600GS (Old but reliable)
I stuck with a very simple disk layout of 2Gb /boot, 2Gb /swap, remaining space as /.
My main use for this syetm is simple desktop, office, email, web and surfing.
Thats about it for now.
Regards to all,
Intel DG965OT, Core2Duo X6800, 2x512Mb DDR3, Nvidia GeForce 7600GS, Seagate 500 Gb, home-brew build