shadowrelic wrote:Hello everyone. I'm a Windows user, which has long loved the concept of Linux, yet hasn't had enough time in my life to "learn" how to use it. Since Mint has been all over the internet as a great distro, I installed it on a family members computer, and mine as well. I wanted to share my experiences in hopes this can help your distro:
1. Installing was WAY easier then I expected. Only issue: not enough details on the partition screen. Windows users DO NOT want to lose anything (dual booting). Adding some text to the GUI slider-bar saying the right side is Linux Mint, and the left side is whatever was already on your computer would have made me feel a lot more comfortable through the installation.
I don't know what changed, but the partition part was clearer in Mint9. You should keep things you don't want to loose backed up especially when making any changes to your computer or running Windows.
shadowrelic wrote:2. Maybe you're trying to save space on the .ISO, but why are there so many things that aren't included? Opera, Chrome, and wine are programs I would recommend to almost anyone. Maybe creating a first-run wizard of some sort would be beneficial to getting all the software I'm looking for without digging through the software manager (explained later).
Server space and bandwidth isn't free. Far more people complain about to much included than not enough. Also here in America for the most part people have fast internet connections with unlimited use. In much of the world this isn't the case. Not sure what you mean by digging through software manager. I use Synaptic Package Manager. Just type in the name of the program you want and mark it for install then apply. You can mark several for install then apply. The newest version of Windows I've used only comes with one browser, and it isn't nearly as good as what comes with any distro of Linux I've used.
shadowrelic wrote:3. Put an icon on the desktop to the first-run pop-up box, or a link to the tutorials. Most people close this the first time. I'm glad I didn't un-check the "show at start up" option! If you're not targeting new-to-Linux users, then I suggest stating that somewhere.... although my whole post here is assuming that you are.
Click menu - settings - Welcome Screen. If you use the included browser there are links to the Mint website where you can get all the info on the Welcome Screen,if not linuxmint.com . If they weren't interested in new users there wouldn't be over 800 tutorials on their website.
shadowrelic wrote:4. Where is the trash that I'm moving files on the desktop to?
Not sure what you are looking for here. If it's an icon you are looking for right click on the desktop - desktop settings - icons tab - check the icon for it. If you are looking for the location just double click on the icon and it will open the folder.
shadowrelic wrote:5. Have you considered a "Run as Root" pop up, instead of requiring me to type my password all the time?
I'm with you on this. Some Linux distros have an option to "open as root" and I'm pretty sure Mint did in Mint9. This was so handy for quickly change permissions or creating a folder.
shadowrelic wrote:6. GUI interfaces. I know you linux guys love the terminal, but come on! Isn't it obvious why WINDOWS IS BETTER than Linux? During my test, I specifically tried to never use the terminal... I failed really quick. For starters, I would suggest having a different Icon in the Software Manager for GUI interfaces. An option to hide non-GUI interfaces would be nice too. Here are few GUI's I've had to install in my first few weeks of Linux Mint:
-Grub Customizer (Not even in the Software Manager, why's that?)
-CMake (although this program is not beginner friendly)
First Windows is different than Linux not better. If you want a game console that is subject to viruses and random crashes get a Windows box. If you want something that is reliable get a Linux box. I have both, and after using Linux for a couple years I dread having to use a Windows system for anything other than playing games.
shadowrelic wrote:7. Proprietary Drivers. I rolled back to Mint 13 on an old computer that was supposedly not compatible with the graphics card in one of my laptops. It looks like you removed a link to proprietary drivers from the System Settings menu? I'm a huge fan of open source... but I'm a bigger fan of having my hardware work as good as possible.
The only proprietary driver I have used was for the ATI graphics on one of my laptops, but removed it because it worked better without it.
shadowrelic wrote:8. Double clicking on a .deb file doesn't always launch the installer. This might be because I'm using chrome, but then again the first thing I did was install a different browser since Firefox was slow.
Sounds like a Chrome problem to me. I have Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and tried some others and never found much of a speed advantage from one to another unless it was a slow computer.
shadowrelic wrote:9. Clock. Default this to AM/PM. The Military is not going to install Linux Mint, so why did you default me to military-time format?
Really? Just right click on the clock and change it to the format that makes you happy.
shadowrelic wrote:Thank you for reading this. I hope it helps. This was not written to bash or insult anyone, I really like your distribution... I'm hoping my comments here can help improve something.