I'm thinking of trying Mint for the first time, and have no experience of using any Linux distros. What are your top tips for me BEFORE my DVD arrives?
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Please note that technical instructions will need to be pretty basic.
vardomescro wrote:Man, I love this community. Everyone has already nailed it, but here's my 2¢. It's a whole nother world with Linux. As such, fully expect to go through all the stages of culture shock. If you stick with it, you will realize the rewards you were looking for when you embarked on the journey.
Aging Technogeek wrote:That is a good method for any new user to try. Unlike my method which was - dual boot for about 10 days, realize I was booting into Windows only to check for updates, and reinstall Mint on the entire drive.
I have since reinstalled XP Pro on a small partition on my desktop. I use a couple of mobile broadband modems from AT&T and Verizon and need Windows to run the device manager software and keep the devices up to date. If it were not for that and a Lightscribe CD/DVD labeling program from LG that only runs in Windows, all of my systems would be pure Linux (mostly Mint)
Tony.B wrote:tdockery97 wrote:Read, read, and read more.daveinuk wrote:be prepared to learn and make mistakesproxima_centauri wrote:Hang around the forumsLongRider wrote:There is plenty of info already out theregrey1960envoy wrote:above all else HAVE FUN with it!
... and then try to wipe the silly smile off your face when you realise you understand things that the "experts" at your local computer shop haven't even heard of.
Welcome to Linux Mint.
admiralspark wrote:.....Oh, one more thing: get active! Find a distro to help with, write documentation, create artwork, provide support, blah blah blah... anything you do will help you learn and build new relationships with people from around the world!.....For instance, I first started using linux in September 2009: one year later and I now help write documentation for multiple OSS projects, provide support on multiple forums, I've built distros from the command line (both Debian and the ultra-pain-in-the-rear Gentoo), I strip down and compile programs for Puppy Linux, and am currently building a linux distro of my own for like-minded college students!
grey1960envoy wrote: All I can say is YUP YUP YUP I love messing with some of these guys in the computer shops here (although in Staples they do have people that use Linux)
tdockery97 wrote:Only 3 tips: Read, read, and read more. On the Mint Forums, of course. Everything you could possibly need to know about Mint and Linux is somewhere on these forums. Read thoroughly the Newbie and Installation and Boot sections. Also the Hardware section for anything to do with the types of Wifi/Ethernet cards and Video cards that you have. You won't remember everything you read, but if you run into a glitch you'll have an idea where to look to find the answer.
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