Starting with this post the topic is "Can we please have a Linux Mint bare bones release?". Therefore this new thread has been split off from the thread: Why are my applications not the latest possible version?
I have been a windows user from Windows 95, I am switching to Linux now due to problems with AV programs slowing my PC down to a snails pace and the growing number of highly sophisticated viruses out there.
Linux Mint has been on my radar for years along with Mepis, both have been impressive for a long time but I am disappointed with all the "bloat" in the packages of nearly all the distros.
Just about every single program installed by default would not be my first choice of application. Windows has Linux beat hands down here, on a fresh install you have the bare minimum and can then install the programs that you actually need, want and use, not someone else's Christmas list. Windows on a fresh install is massive I admit but its not choked with someone else's choices of software, I know this is because Microsoft want to sell you every extra you can think of, but its my preferred scenario.
Can we please have a bare bones release? I can then start quietly building up my software bundle from scratch.
I have used many "modded" Windows releases that come with huge pre-installed "work out of the box" installations to then have to spend hours deleting all the stuff I didn't want in the first place and spoiling the fresh install on the day I start using it with all the left over files missed by the un-install process.
It didn't work for those projects and it wont work for Linux either, and its totally unnecessary, with a high speed internet connection Linux can be personalised far faster and easier than Windows.
One distro I came across gave the option of building you own ISO containing your own choice of software bundle, fantastic idea.
This is my first post so feel free to give me a good kicking lol