I am trying Mint for the first time on a new, completely un-booted laptop I picked up at Costco.
Yeah, it has some kind of OS already "pre-installed". The bugger even attempted to boot up off the HD! Fortunately I was able to get into the system config and adjust the boot order to look for a USB or CD. The USB didn't work (using Ubuntu USBcreator) but the CD is running, will, slow but steady.
Anyway, I'm Jaye in Eureka, CA. I have used Gnu* since about 1997ish. The last netbook that exploded last night was running Ubuntu LTS Netbook addition. The netbook just sort of signed off with a "tink" sort of noise--shrug. The laptop before that was running LTS Kubuntu. Gravity took that bugger out... My old trusty IBM Thinkpad (OLD!) is running Ubuntu LTS Gnome and is my APRS server. Before I started running Ubuntu, I used Libranet and really miss Jon (RIP). I also ran Debian for years before that and helped in keeping KDE alive with several hackers around the world. How times have changed! KDE got jiggy with KDE3 and then off my radar with KDE4
Gnome is the desktop now, but it too is just silly so I may use fluxbox or ice later.
I really enjoy a good forum with good people, good ideas, and solid help. I hope this forum is one such forum. I tend to enjoy helping others master their machines and software and there are times when I also need that help! I also like long walks on the beach . . .
The installer is just about finished. Have fun ya'all and I'll look forward to ready some posts after the first official boot sequence.