(I'm not a total noob of computers, what I'm not is a programmer
rbeltz48 wrote:One thing many if not most Linux newbies don't understand is that Linux runs better on certain PCs than on others. I learned early on that it runs best for me on IBM Thinkpad laptops. I have owned several of these. I now have two IBM laptops, both T61s and Mint runs just about flawlessly on both of them.
I will never go back to Windows because Redmond has never cared for all their customers who made them billions of dollars in revenue. The story goes that when Bill Gates was managing MS on a daily basis in the late 1990s he had Linux, not Windows, on his desktop. Why you ask? He said that the only reason MS kept selling Windows is because it was a money maker! Since he left MS they have been losing money and have been in a downward spiral.
I will reprint here a list of IBM laptops on which Linux will run well from someone who had good luck with these:
IBM THINKPADS WITH GOOD LINUX SUPPORT: T60, T61, X40, T410, X300, T500, R51 and T43p. I've also had an X200, X61s, X60s, 600X, X60, and T60p.
Of those, the only time I've ever had any issues with hardware support at all were with ATI cards when I ran a kernel for which no driver was available. Mainstream distros and stock kernels worked out of the box. I was compiling my own kernel and had trouble getting the closed source driver to play nice.
Here's what you can do to ensure flawless Linux support for your ThinkPad:
1) Get a real ThinkPad (an X220 or a T series).
2) Choose an Intel WiFi card - same starting price as the Realtek "ThinkPad a/b/g/n" option, vastly better hardware.
Whatever decision you make, I hope it is the right one for YOU.
Andromon wrote:Well, against all my will, after a time testing Linux Mint, I hate to tell but I'm thinking of uninstalling it and coming back to Windows.
1. Internet in Linux Mint is a nightmare. With Linux Mint 14 I was unable to connect even with a wired connection, I did have to expect until Mint 15 for being able to do that. Now, it results that I can't connect my PC via wifi neither Mint detects any net, when with Windows I have done it a lot of times.
2. Even with the help of the people, and with the official drivers from Brother web, my Brother printer never worked in my Linux Mint, so I did have to send scans to my laptop running Windows 8, then up them to the cloud. Nice thing I have to use two computers for doing one thing one itself can do, and with the ""awfull" Windows.
3. You need an specific program, and 90% of the times, it will not work in Linux. So, instead of using the same programs and having the same data in all places, I have to use different things in every computer. I can live without Dashlane or Autohotkey (though with this my computing speed was twice), but it results that I have to use Dropbox, 2 GB, and I have to log in there separatedly, instead of Google Drive, 15 GB, everybody uses, and I check it when I check my gmail.
Worst of all, Google Chrome Java does not totally work on Linux Mint, so I have to use Firefox, when I use Chrome because it syncs all my data alongs all the platforms, and why not said, I simply like it more, and I don't understand why I can't use it since it's free. Even worse, I'm investing in actions, and the real good programs are not for Linux and will never be, and yes, you will say, go to some GNU program... But I'm talking of serious money, and a good platform might be the difference between a good operation and a bad one. No solution for this.
4. I bought a good television with HDMI ports for seeing movies and shows through the Internet on it, and I find I cannot have the program I used to really control it, DualMonitorTools, what I'm suppossed to do? Compile it myself if I don't know programation, or wait until it's added to the repositories?
5. The stability of Linux is not as strong as I expected. Many times it has been frozen during the shutting down or even when working, so I had to press the shut down button, what I don't like. And also, the hibernate function is really bad, many times when you enter again to the PC, Internet is not connected anymore.
For the rest, I really like Mint, but if I have to use it with Windows, it can't be used alone for all pourpouses and for average people (I'm not a total noob of computers, what I'm not is a programmer), I think I'd rather use Windows 7 and survive with his problems, learn how to better use it and avoid as much as possible the problems, and I can't agree with that thing of "Linux is ready for the average user" I had survive with it because I believe in free software, but I have knowledge of computers and this is sometimes terrible, my sisters with Linux would have lasted 2 days. Then we get surprised Linux quota has not really increased since 1990's ?
Spearmint2 wrote:My main beef with Linux has always been it's love affair with the command line. After suffering years of command line with DOS in the 80's I really got over any love for a command line in anything. I'm glad Linux has come around to using GUI more in recent years. I hope that continues to expand and more command functions that currently exist only in terminal use find a good GUI home too. I think GUI is the main advantage that has driven Windows to be the most accepted OS in today's world, but Linux would take it over like FF has increased against IE for browsers, if Linux continues it's expansion of GUI usage. GUI is just easier and there's nothing wrong with making life easier.
To each his own!
MartyMint wrote:Spearmint2 wrote:...yet Microsoft is over concerned about one and not so much about the other...
I'm not so sure Microsoft is terribly concerned about either, to be quite frank.
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