I've put a couple of posts on this forum so I'd better introduce myself.
I live in Cornwall, UK (known as Kernow in our old Celtic language, hence the username). I'm female - are there many of us on this forum?
I came to Linux just over two years ago, partly out of curiosity because I like trying out things on my computer and partly because of my concerns about the degree to which Microsoft dominates the computing world. I'm all for choice and I soon found that Linux gives me plenty. Having things free of charge helps a lot too on my budget. Once I got over the initial bewilderment at the sheer number of distros available, I found I enjoy trying lots of them out. I have nearly as many distro CDs as music ones in my collection
. I've followed Mint's development with interest, but until a few weeks ago I could only use Ubuntu as my main OS because none of the others (not even Mint) worked properly with my printer and monitor, which surprised me because they're both well-known brands and not antiquated. With Katya those problems don't exist any more, which was a very timely development for me seeing the way Ubuntu was going, so I've jumped ship. I like the community-oriented aspect of Mint as well as the fairly conservative approach (I don't like too many radical changes in a short time) and Mint's sensible attitude to non-free software. I don't mind some proprietory bits, it's the total domination of Microsoft that bothers me more.
So I've thrown in my lot with the Mint community and here I am. I can't help with any very technical questions, being not at all geeky. I'm usually scouring the forum for answers to my own questions. But I'll enjoy joining in the discussions - or at least the ones which I can understand