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Postby jett on Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:38 pm

clem
i just found out that you are the great person that start this distro.
now im just curious, whats your story, how did linux mint come about?
whats your history?
are you in IT? Do you use linux at work?
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Postby clem on Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:34 pm

Waoo Jett, that's quite personal you know!? well, after all you're a person, so I'll just tell you :)

I'm a developer. I use Java on Windows and Solaris at work (no much choice I'm afraid) and I use Linux at home. I develop stuff for fun as well, mostly in Java, Web technologies (PHP most of the time) or in Perl.

I started using Linux in 1997. It was Slackware. I moved to Mandrake and then went back to Sclackware.. then eventually tried Debian and loved it. When Ubuntu arrived I moved again... and I've been running Fedora and Ubuntu/Kubuntu since.

I started writing articles for linuxforums.org and review other distributions.

I started writing articles and howtos for myself as well on a website called linuxmint.com.

After reviewing a lot of distributions I got a fair idea of what I liked in each one of them and I started applying these ideas to Kubuntu and modify it to suit my needs. Eventually when I got bored applying and reapplying them I started to automate the process and generate iso files... the name was already there: linuxmint.. and soon Ada was released.

At first it was just an ISO I passed on to friends. I told distrowatch about it and eventually got on the waiting list. When Barbara was ready I decided to stop the articles, howtos and the Linuxmint portal and dedicate that domain name to that new distribution.

When Barbara came out, it got to be announced on distrowatch.. and you know the rest of the story... :)

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Postby npap on Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:29 am

Sorry to be nosy Clem. but are you fellows of LInux Mint operating from Canada? Just curious. Je ne suis pas un guru.
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Postby clem on Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:33 am

Well... it'll probably be an international project when people join in, with a team spread over the world. At the moment though we're mostly in Ireland and Germany... why Canada ?
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Postby Fragadelic on Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:33 am

clem wrote:Well... it'll probably be an international project when people join in, with a team spread over the world. At the moment though we're mostly in Ireland and Germany... why Canada ?


Distrowatch listed the project as being based in Canada initially. Not sure if it still that way but you might want to email Ladislav and let him know.
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Postby clem on Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:07 pm

Oh yes, this was done. It's now "officially" from Ireland :)
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Postby manishk on Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:29 pm

Thats nice.

And once again, thanks for this great distro!!
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Postby jett on Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:26 pm

YEAH THANKS CLEM FOR MAKING LINUX FINALY WORK!!! :D
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Postby Frijolie on Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:25 pm

clem,

Thanks for this great distro! It was the first distro that I've installed where 98% of everything just worked! I installed Barbara so it didn't have network-manager installed by default, that was the only thing that I had to tweak--my wifi connection--thanks for going through all the trouble to get things right from the start. I'm telling all my friends who run Windows and Linux alike to switch to this distro! I"m almost feeling comfortable to recommend this distro to a lifetime Windows user who isn't really computer literate. Down with Vista!
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