I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

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I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

Postby bgast1 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:11 pm

Greetings. First post here. Actually I have installed several different distros of Linux in the past. Now I am thinking about giving Mint a whirl. I have enjoyed using PClinuxOS the most. While Ubuntu saw all of my hardware right off the bat, I couldn't figure just what it was about it that I didn't like, because honestly the support for Ubuntu was better than any other distro out there. Suse wasn't such a good experience for me, and Mandriva worked OK but I wasn't terribly excited about 2008 either. I am acutally looking for a distro to switch to and use. But I have a few questions first before I download and install Mint.

Will it see my video card? I have an ATI Radeon X1950 Pro PCIe card. I am almost certain that I will have to use onboard sound because my windows sound card is a Creative X-Fi Extreme gamer card and to my knowledge X-fi cards are not supported. My printer is brand new, just got it last week. It is a HP Deskjet F4180 all-in-one. I have 3 hard drives. 1 will keep windows XP, the second will be Linux exclusively, and I would like the 3rd external HD to store music files. All 3 drives are currently formatted NTFS.

I will probably use my computer mostly for surfing the internet, watching DVD's, and listening to music. Eventually I will rip all of my CD's to my Hard drive. Oh, I forgot, I will also want to try to play a few windows games as well, maybe in a virtual box, or Wine, or Cedega.

Can someone enlighten me as to whether Mint might be a good fit for me? Also, which version should I download, KDE, Gnome?
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Re: I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

Postby BAD on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:51 pm

TRY THE live cd.
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Re: I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

Postby Mattd4AX3 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:52 pm

I'd say gnome, and mint can run anything ubuntu can run since it's the same core workings, mints just more refined.

Mint is to Ubuntu(Debian), as PCLinuxOS is to Mandriva(fedora).

AS far as printers and everyhing else goes besides the card and harddrive I don't know, but I'm sure the card should work fine, although I hear ATi's linux support isn't as good.
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Re: I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

Postby bgast1 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:23 pm

Thanks for the replies. I now have Linux Mint installed. It looks nice. I have the Gnome desktop installed.

My experience with Ubuntu was limited. But I have to say I already like this much better than the Ubuntu. Just never could get used to the brown and the way it appeared. I know all of that could be changed but I guess what I am saying with me, first impressions count, and so far I am impressed with Mint.

But I don't really know where to go from here. I have the restricted drivers installed for my video card. My monitor is reporting the correct resolution as well. But I would like to get Compiz working. No need to reply here on this thread as if I need to I will start another one in the appropriate place.

Also want to get my printer working.
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Re: I'm thinking about giving Mint a whirl

Postby Mattd4AX3 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:08 pm

bgast1 wrote:Thanks for the replies. I now have Linux Mint installed. It looks nice. I have the Gnome desktop installed.

My experience with Ubuntu was limited. But I have to say I already like this much better than the Ubuntu. Just never could get used to the brown and the way it appeared. I know all of that could be changed but I guess what I am saying with me, first impressions count, and so far I am impressed with Mint.

But I don't really know where to go from here. I have the restricted drivers installed for my video card. My monitor is reporting the correct resolution as well. But I would like to get Compiz working. No need to reply here on this thread as if I need to I will start another one in the appropriate place.

Also want to get my printer working.

Cool, hope you enjoy it :).

The restricted drivers manager doesn't work too well, I'd suggest using envy to install the drivers, but you should make a seperate thread for that ;).

As far as printers go, I have no idea, good luck with that though.
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