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Just want to say thanks...

Postby Whitefort on Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:25 am

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who'se ever been involved in producing Mint.

I've been a Mint fan ever since Ubuntu went down the Unity path. I've enjoyed each new flavour of Mint, but Mint 15 in particular blows my mind.

It seems like a small and insignificant thing, but those animated login windows are already making my non-minty friends really envious.

In terms of everything else, out-of-the-box Mint 15 is close to perfection in giving me everything I want from a desktop operating system.

I could go on (and on, and on - I'm good at that!), but I'll stop and just say thanks again!
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby wheeledgoat on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:23 pm

A big plus one.

As I willingly and gleefully jump from the MS camp, I found Mint. (tried Linux back in 2001, I wasn't man enough for it).

Mint is pretty much exactly what I was hoping it to be; a very accessible version of Linux that;
a) gives me an operational desktop OS off the bat
b) lets me learn at my own pace as I tinker around with stuff

Nicely done, developers. And thank you!!. It feels so good to tell m$ to "suck it", even if its only in my head and I never utter the words!

After my most recent install of XP went belly-up (AGAIN!) I was faced with:

-reinstall XP from scratch (my image was no longer any good since I had switched out my video card and forgot to make another image since)
-wait for hours upon hours to get through all the Service Pack upgrades & security updates.
-use IE once, and only once, to dl firefox
-install hardware, video, sound drivers
-install office suite (thankfully I had the clarity to abandon MS office 2 years ago and have been using Libre)

every single blessed one of these bullet points were nailed ON THE HEAD with one simple Mint install. I could hardly believe it when I booted it up for the first time - I kept looking for things that I needed to do to get my computer up and running with the new OS install. After a few minutes I finally sat back, smiled, and checked my email and started surfing youtube...

SWEET!

Every day since as I grow more accustomed to Mint, I look at microsoft in my mental rear-view mirror as pull farther away. muahahhahahah!

Mint installed on my still-rockin' budget build from '08:
3ghz Athlon 64 dualcore on DFI LP DK w/ 8g DDR2, GeForce GTX 760 & Turtle Beach Riviera

Win7 on my lite build of 2012:
3.1ghz i3 dualcore on Biostar H61 w/ 8g DDR3, Crucial M4 128g SSD
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby srq2625 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:50 am

wheeledgoat wrote:every single blessed one of these bullet points were nailed ON THE HEAD with one simple Mint install. I could hardly believe it when I booted it up for the first time - I kept looking for things that I needed to do to get my computer up and running with the new OS install. After a few minutes I finally sat back, smiled, and checked my email and started surfing youtube...

SWEET!

Every day since as I grow more accustomed to Mint, I look at microsoft in my mental rear-view mirror as pull farther away. muahahhahahah!

You might find it advantageous to

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Just to bring all the installed packages up to date. But that only takes about 10 minutes on my (rather slow) internet connection.
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby wheeledgoat on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:36 am

thanks for the tip! I have indeed already done that.

Is it unheard of to put those commands in the script to do upon each boot? Or at least write a prompt as a reminder?

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Win7 on my lite build of 2012:
3.1ghz i3 dualcore on Biostar H61 w/ 8g DDR3, Crucial M4 128g SSD
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby Espair on Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:18 am

Might as well say thanks here too, I also tried linux way back when, but it was just complicated and I didnt know how to use anything, as above said...
Mint is pretty much exactly what I was hoping it to be; a very accessible version of Linux that;
a) gives me an operational desktop OS off the bat
b) lets me learn at my own pace as I tinker around with stuff

So thank you!
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby srq2625 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:48 am

wheeledgoat wrote:thanks for the tip! I have indeed already done that.

Is it unheard of to put those commands in the script to do upon each boot? Or at least write a prompt as a reminder?

I use those commands as part of my "standard" install process (I keep borking my system and/or distro hopping, so I've done it few times) but I don't think I could recommend them in a script or as a general, everyday process.

Instead, let Mint carry that load for you - on your panel, far right, is an icon for the Mint Updater. It does a comparison between what is installed and what is available and then provides a visual indicator of your status. This check, at least on my machines, is done shortly after logon and usually only takes a moment or two before the indicator is provided. Easy and not so in-your-face.
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Re: Just want to say thanks...

Postby anandrkris on Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:17 am

It seems like a small and insignificant thing, but those animated login windows are already making my non-minty friends really envious.

Am guessing you would have seen this - HTML themes by samriggs and few others are very creative and look fascinating.
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=126979
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