python134r wrote:First Post here! Nice to be here.......While I am not new to Linux distros I have only been using them in the context of Live-CD recovery of data from time to time and of course the ubiquitous Android. I have found a little bit of research and reading goes along way when installing and setting up a new non-M$ operating system. For myself, getting comfortable with the terminology and asking questions helped me much for I was not fearful of making a mess, I come from the school "tweak it till it stops working, then start again" type of thing.
I am downloading linuxmint 13 cinnamon 64 at the moment, I just built a new machine, here are the specs:
ASUS Sabertooth Z77/2x8Gb GSkill 1866
Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD / WD 2TB Black HDD
Lian Li Pc-7B plusII/PC Power and Cooling 850 SSI Turbo/Z-5500's.
I hope I do not have any driver issues nor issues with the Xeon cpu. I am looking forward to installing Mint 13 Cinnamon 64 bit, it should be very snappy and stable. I most likely will dualboot with Windows 7 Pro, it's still a windows world mainstream in the front office out there and so it goes........
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.
[/quote]PowerHouse wrote:1. With regard to Linux distros in general:
Answer: Make a shortlist of those that are most appealing. Then download them and try to install. You will soon find out which work and which won't. After the installation run the updates. You will soon find out which work and which don't. (This is not sarcastic, just experience.)
The install the applications you want. Check them out intensively. Does everything work? If yes, you're a happy champ! If not, try another distro.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
grandtheft_jiujitsu wrote:I'm still really new to linux entirely so I don't have very much to offer in the way of advice, but I have complied what I think is a good starting stack of bookmarked reference pages....
Differences between Windows and Linux:
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/wind ... /7724.aspx
Mint Tips & Tricks - viewtopic.php?f=42&t=86813
Tips for Mint 10 & 11 (most of them are still relevant) - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content ... lation.htm
Command Line References:
Linux Shortcuts - http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linu ... 31366.aspx
Linux Mint Commands - http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/244
Shell Stuff - http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linu ... arsely_rec
Interactive Command Line Training (not Mint specific but a good starter) - http://linuxsurvival.com/index.php
Security & Cleanup:
Antivirus & Defragging - viewtopic.php?f=90&t=31723
Loads of Security Information - http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-security.html
Getting the Most out of Bleachbit - http://www.howtogeek.com/116971/7-tips- ... for-linux/
Power Management Tools - http://linuxappfinder.com/system/powerm ... _type=desc
Comparison of some Desktop Environments - http://www.renewablepcs.com/about-linux ... me-or-xfce
*Currently I use Cinnamon as a "daily driver" and XFCE when my laptop is running on battery. I also found KDE-Plasma-Desktop to be very reminiscent of a Windows feel with a Linux twang if that's something you're after.
and of course Eye-Candy and Appearance Mods - http://gnome-look.org/
Tony.B wrote:Hi Annie.annie89 wrote:i am thinking of trying mint first time but i have no any experience ever...please can anyone provides me some tips.
On the assumption that the "89" in your user-name isn't your age, you don't need any tips.
(a) You've discovered that there are different (and MUCH cheaper and safer) alternatives when using a computer.
(b) You've now discovered Linux Mint, which makes things easier.
(c) You've discovered this forum, which is the lifeline you wished you had when you were with a different operating system.
Welcome to Linux Mint.
PS I'm over 60 and am not from any sort of computer-using background. I can assure you that my grey hair was NOT from coming to grips with Linux Mint.
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