Shortshift Frog wrote:Dear PB,
I am making the transition from Windows to Linux.
I'm about a month into it.
It has been arduous and cruel but will be worth it in the end I think...
Freedom from MS is worth suffering through the learning curve right there.
There are many things that Windows does well, but the bones underneath are not pretty at all.
Many of the important things about Linx are quite beautiful, and some, like the key mapping still have a ways to go.
The community around MintOS has been very nice and is large enough to have some mass.
If you have a load of time to spend you will see it's worth the suffering to switch over to Linux.
I doubt there is an easy solution to the lack of key mapping. I'm facing this with the distro I'm using as well.
I won't go on...very possible that the management will delete or move this post as not being supportive enough of Mint or not to the point of you original post etc.
So, good luck,
Thanks. I appreciate virtues of Linux and the potential, and hope it can become a better alternative to more Windows users. Part of this is money. The reason i have W/8 is because i was trying to gain more use of my memory (lots of tabs and documents being typically open) in this 7 year old PC, which is 64 bit, as 32 bit maxes out around 3.3gb, and last month i was able to get W/8 pro 64 bit upgrade (from XP) for 29.00 from NewEgg with the rebate special (now over). But then (besides waiting 30 months for the Visa rebate card) you need to get the ProPack for playing DVDs which will cost 10.00 after Jan. 31 (free now). And i understand then there is a dual booting issue (i install each on separate drives and tap F8 on this box during POST to get a boot menu).
Meanwhile, it turns out that the Intel 945 board that i have does not allocate more memory past 4gb so i only have 3.5gb useable. (The W/8 license is different from the past, and will let you transfer to another PC, so i may upgrade the mobo for about 25.00) But the memory use seems lower in LM, and apparently you can also do the ReadyBoost thing: http://tech.sixcolumns.com/2012/12/acti ... d-netbooks
I have used Gparted many times and it is good (the disk management in Windows 8 will let you make partitions in active disks, but not the C drive in use, which the Gparted CD can do, and with a better GUI).
I wonder if free Windows KeyTweak (http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick
) but i doubt they would work under WINE, but there are some here that could be investigated: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1110
As for the PhoneTrayFree that i miss, i have found no Linux alternatives (edit: i found this for KDE, but have yet to try it: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ktuxcall
), and i doubt that or Analog called ID (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/AnalogXCallerID.html
) would work under WINE due to the modem variables.
Grace and peace thru the Lord Jesus.