daveinuk wrote: don't dual boot would be my recommendation, put it solely on a machine to learn from if you can.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
--two commands I am always using to make sure I am up-to-date for the OS + applications
Delirium wrote:@ Wouter_db: You are more than right.
We need to show them that with Microsoft/Apple... they are running into a trap and the only way is to jump off.
We need to spread the real sense of LiGNUx. If its technically better or not, f*** it. It is sad how a lot of people do not even care about democracy and rights anymore.
What counts is control, transparency, independence, flexibility and freedom. And this should be clear.
powerhouse wrote:About the last post from homerscousin, different people have different experiences. I'm referring to searching for solutions on the Internet. I've been using both Windows and Linux for many years and am usually quite OK with solving things. But in my opinion, it's much easier to find a good answer to a Linux problem than it is finding an answer to a Windows problem. Thanks to guys on this and other Linux forums and websites, Linux is actually documented quite well, and there are a lot of intelligent people out there who actually know a little about Linux.
I have found searching for solutions to Windows problems to be quite challenging. A lot of advise published on the net is garbage, and Microsoft's own help pages are only lately improving a bit. While I can't remember having ever been stuck with a Linux problem that I couldn't figure out myself or through the Internet, I had to seek professional help at least a dozen times with different Microsoft OS products (luckily I always had some experts around, or only a phone call away).
So my conclusion:
1. Don't be afraid using Linux (particularly Linux Mint which is very easy) - if you run into a problem search the Internet with a quote of the error message or problem description. Narrow down the search if necessary, by adding "linux mint" or "ubuntu" to the search phrase (Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so most solutions that work for Ubuntu will also work for Linux Mint). Chances are you'll find an answer.
2. If you can't find an answer to the problem, open a thread under the relevant category. Provide some information about the computer and Linux installation you've got, as well as a problem description and error messages / logs. If you don't know how to describe the problem or where to find relevant information to narrow down the issue, just do your best to provide a meaningful post. Most likely someone will jump in with specific advice on how to provide more information, or what to do next. There are lots of knowledgeable people here that are able and willing to help.
3. In time you will become an expert, like many here.
grey1960envoy wrote:believe me learning Linux is actually easy if you have fun and are open to a bit of learning . The number one thing to remember is do a lot of reading and actually FORGET what using windoze is like as you will find Linux DOES NOT work like WINDOZE .Never has Never will! I myself am a recent escapee from M$ and neither my wife nor I miss the old days of defragging , AV scans etc. etc.etc.A very good idea is to read the forums and get hold of online Ebooks like "Complete Linux Tutorial" and go to the library ,borrow a book called "Linux For Dummies"or even better purchase it.BTW Mint is very user friendly .
Wouter_db wrote:There is a shift going on. You may have noticed, especially if you're into computing for some years, that with every new version of an commercial OS (Also OS's of smartphones, tablets etc) that you'll get less and less options to change stuff, and that the core of the system is being shielded from you. You are presented with in effect an 'GUI-over-an-GUI', where you are only allowed to change stuff like wallpapers, install some 'safe' apps and such and alter minor stuff. Windows XP for example is the last MS OS ever to run in that way, with most options readily available.
MS, and pretty much every commercial developer are trying really really hard to eliminate free choice, because having us 'fool around' is bad for predictability, and that is the holy grail. Users neatly guided on well trodden paths like cattle makes for excellent predictability in terms selling more stuff to us to feed our short term gratification.
Don't be fooled, look closer to most new developments (like the 'secure UEFI', Windows 8 touchfocus and Metro and so many other 'handy features for our benefit'), and you will see the drive for CONTROL. And the future of commercial OS's are only going further in streamlining the 'user experience' until no on knows anymore how computers really work (today's whatsappping smartphone kiddies anyone?).
In short, Linux is WORTH every single bit (lame pun) of your time, and that includes cursing and swearing trying to fix stuff. Because Linux has a FREE future where you still learn-by-doing how you want stuff to work for YOU, not some corporations sales.
jamvaru wrote:have patience with the people in the linux community
they are struggling like you
patience is a valuable commodity
you WILL learn and succeed
menine111 wrote:dose anyone know how to update from Linux mint 10 to Linux mint 14 in one go could you message me if you know how
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