Evil-K wrote:Greetings all!
Anyhoo, I've been mostly Windows-free for a couple of months now (I still have to use Windows at work). I first used Ubuntu 9.10 (unfortunately obsolete, but it was all I could find that would work on my obsolete laptop... an IBM Thinkpad Xsomething), but had tried a number of distros, including Linux Mint 10. Now, I really liked that version of Ubuntu, but it was a chore to get all the necessary codecs I needed in order to be able to listen to all my music, watch all my videos, and go on YouTube. The deal-breaker was a nasty graphical glitch that prevented me from viewing the system monitor (I don't care if something's obsolete, as long as it still works). In my search for a distro that would work, I finally stumble upon what XFCE and LXDE means. I loved Mint 10 (woulda stayed with it if it had worked on my computer... found that out the hard way ), so I went for Linux Mint 10 LXDE. It was okay, but I wanted more frills and longer support, so I went for Linux Mint 9 XFCE. Now this old laptop ROCKS.
Evil-K wrote:I hear ya with the wireless. It was a chore to get any sort of wireless compatibility with Ubuntu. Pretty much the day I said good-bye to Windows in my personal life was when it wouldn't even register the direct ethernet hookup. Since the only thing keeping me from Linux in general was being unable to access the net (and since I now had the direct hookup), I was able to get onto there and not look back. Now, whenever anyone I know complains about how slow their computer is, I tell them the story of my beat-to-cr@p laptop and how it works incredibly well on Linux Mint (an older, lighter distro, but Mint nevertheless) .
But yeah, I was able to download the driver for the wireless adapter given to me by the friend who gave me the laptop and it's pretty much worked without a hitch. Linux Mint is pretty much THE distro I'd recommend to other n00bs because of just how well it works out of the box without much tinkering around. And it's just so much FUN to tinker around with!! I'm actually passionate about computers again thanks to Linux Mint.
Anyhoo, I've rambled enough. Thanks for the warm welcome, mrsfixit!
mrsfixit wrote:That's pretty damned funny- because this new Acer laptop wouldn't work with the wired ethernet either in Windows 7... I booted up Mint and it connected to the ethernet, no problem.
Like you, I really dislike Windows. My husband still uses XP, but the Windows version I liked best was 2000 Pro. It really went downhill after that. I was just tired of it.
mrsfixit wrote:I had always wanted to try Linux, but until Ubuntu it was just too difficult. Too much CLI stuff. Ubuntu made things easier, and Mint improved on that. I also love tinkering with computers. I used to tinker with cars too, but tinkering with computers is cleaner, easier on my back, and I can do it in the house with the air conditioning...
mrsfixit wrote:Another thing I just love about Linux is how I can plug in devices and they just simply work. This includes our Verizon cell phones which Linux recognizes and charges no problem, while Windows balks and asks for a driver, or the phone displays an "unauthorized charger" error. It's really handy to be able to charge a cell phone from a usb port.
Yeah, I'm a convert too... and loving it.
Evil-K wrote:mrsfixit wrote:
Like you, I really dislike Windows. My husband still uses XP, but the Windows version I liked best was 2000 Pro.
I had no issue with XP until recently, but then pretty much every computer without exception is running horrendously slow on it.mrsfixit wrote:I had always wanted to try Linux, but until Ubuntu it was just too difficult. Too much CLI stuff. Ubuntu made things easier, and Mint improved on that.
I was never averse to CLI. I'm a child of the DOS generation and always a bit of a computer geek. It's just that, up until recently, Linux just seemed alien to me and admittedly, the GUI had become a crutch by that time. Tack on Linux's reputation of being too difficult and... well, you get the picture.mrsfixit wrote:Another thing I just love about Linux is how I can plug in devices and they just simply work.
Some devices don't work, or at least not completely. My iPod works, but it actually shuts my computer down (a different topic for a different time) and some of my wireless dongles don't work. And there are some peripherals that don't work, but that's where researching the product's compatibility before I buy it comes in.
Are these deal-breakers? Absolutely not, or else I wouldn't be here. To be able to have an older computer work at top capability with a powerful OS and not have to pay a penny to do it... and have it STAY running that way, I'll deal with a little aggravation rather than pay upwards of $500 in software and upgrades and STILL having things eventually run sluggishly after a year or so.
Either that, or spend over $2000 for a Mac.
No thanks. I'll take the top-tier Linux software I can get for nothing.
lmintnewb wrote:^ You apparently are a smart cookie. You refuse to pay retail for electronics. Why would people do such a thing ?
However appears ya need to brush up on your XP savvy. Don't get me wrong. M$ makes me wanna hurl but I don't get the whole my XP is so sluggish thing. XP should blaze on a comp with those specs. Learned long ago how to keep XP ship shape w/o having to worry about a reinstall. Lotta boottime defragging, diskchecking, turning off unnecessary services, using a startup manager, not going overboard with sec software someone doesn't really need, changing of settings and supplementing the craptastic utils M$ sells included with quality freeware instead. Kinda sad when people make and give away better software to keep up an OS. Than the producers sell people. But that is the M$ way. Craptastic ... throw a baby off a cliff to add another $100 bucks to the bottomline, lol.
Paranoid theory, wouldn't be surprised if M$ is putting out updates to XP that bugger it up. So people will have to upgrade. If M$'s latest should really be considered an upgrade, lol. Turning off automatic updates at a certain point doesn't strike me as a bad idea. Never liked the idea of someone as sleazy as M$ automatically doing anything to me or anything I use. Fact is ... how would anyone know if the tin foil hat conspiracy theory above were happening ? It's closed source software. Glad people are getting minty fresh and into gnu/linux. Shocking how long this softwares been around and how few people in the developed countries use it. Was checking some stats earlier. Claim like 1.summin% of PC users use summin linux ?!?!? Been around 20+ yrs and 1% of people using it ? Amazing, same source had android almost having the same market share as linux proper, ... sighs.
OT: Evil ... glad you're minty fresh now. M$ doesn't want this to get around. But am told that hawt femme's really like guys who use linux. I'm on a roll when it comes to lame attempts at humor today. GO ME !!!
lmintnewb wrote:lol ...Yep fraid so, da fellas like brainy linux using women. That is a fact, even though you're attached. Errrrr ... sighs well truth be told guys like anything feminine with a pulse. If we are drunk enough or figure our buddies won't find out about it. But smart hawt guys, like brainy women and if a woman is using linux. It's a sign of smarts and thinking outside the box.
LOL, and some like anything feminine without a pulse too.
Ewwwwwwww- zombie chicks!!!!!!
Ok, that's MY lame attempt at humor for the day...
Yes, I was always "different", not your typical female. I always did "guy stuff", and hung out with the guys. All my close friends are men. My mother always told me I should have been a boy. Oh well, I'm happy with myself even if I don't fit the parameters other people think I should.Registry cleaners with XP are definitely good. Like CCleaner, it has one included. Registry compacting is added goodness. Which ccleaner doesn't have unfortunately.
I DO use CCleaner. I've been using it for years, and have recommended it to other people.Am glad to see you're happy with nix though. One less person paying M$ for their software has to be a good thing. Recent nix convert myself. So one more nail ( hopefully ) in over priced corporate control freaks closed source coffin. DEFINITELY WOULD BE A GREAT THING, IMO. When it comes to having a lot to learn about linux. You and me both, sure we'll all do it the same way everyone else did. One day at a time.
Out of interest, if all you newcomers are "Minty Fresh", does that mean that those of us who have been around a while are "Minty Stale"?
Roken wrote:Out of interest, if all you newcomers are "Minty Fresh", does that mean that those of us who have been around a while are "Minty Stale"?
SimonTS wrote:Nah - to use the old English phrase (but without the connotations of having loads of money), those who have been around for a while would simply be "Well Minted"
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