passerby wrote:Mint seems to be biggest with:
-Windows users wanting to make the switch
-Ex-Ubuntu users who jumped ship when Unity came to be
-Ex-GNOME users who continue to pray for Cinnamon's success
I don't know if there's an actual target audience, though IMO newbie-intermediate seems to describe the bulk of users.
I'd say the aim is to supply any interested end users with a secure distro containing non-free codecs and other conveniences out of the box, rather than target anyone in particular.
JohnBobSmith wrote:Having come from a windows background, I found using Mint 15 with a cinnamon desktop works great! I switched to Linux after being fed up with windows 8's constant problems, lack of a good user interface, and the bloat. I think that Mint's target user is someone who comes from a windows background.
JohnBobSmith wrote:-Being new to Linux, the transition is going fairly well. I have ran into a few minor problems and annoyances, most of which I was able to fix on my own. Namely, the hot corners and disabling my touchpad for typing.
JohnBobSmith wrote:-Mint comes with a full set of free software that works out of the box. Namely, I like how Mint comes with a full office suite, and how it is compatible with Microsoft Office! This makes the transition to Linux much easier.
JohnBobSmith wrote:-Linux does not have background processes that eat up precious system resources!
JohnBobSmith wrote:-I like how the Cinnamon desktop environment is simmilar to windows. This is not a bad thing in my opinion. I think that for a new guy, having something familliar helps a lot! I especially like how I can drag my windows to the right or left, and they then fill half the screen (don't know what that's called). This can also be done in windows and is a huge help for me.
JohnBobSmith wrote:- I like that Linux does not have near as many problems with viruses as Windows does. Having to wipe the drive and reinstall the OS is not fun.
JohnBobSmith wrote:-I like that getting the dual boot of Linux and Windows was almost as pain free as it could get! I simply partitioned my hard drive, and installed Linux on the partition.
JohnBobSmith wrote:I am really enjoying my transition to Linux and I will probably dedicate my full hard drive to linux in the near future!
RavenLX wrote:I think this will be another big reason people will flock to Linux (and Mint) - the "no viruses" thing. I had started a thread way way back about the possibility though of viruses becoming a possible problem in Linux after Linux takes off in the Desktop market more (due to an exodus of people from Windows 8 ). Most malicious software authors will go where there is the most concentration of people to attack.
RavenLX wrote:Android is built upon Linux and already it too has had it's share of an upswing in viruses.
RavenLX wrote:I do have a virus scanner in Linux but to tell you the truth, I'm not sure it's really working and if it is I never think about it.
JohnBobSmith wrote:Regarding the hot corners, if you go into your setting, all settings, there should be a setting literally called hot corners at which point you can turn that off.
JohnBobSmith wrote:Regarding the touchpad, I am able to disable it. Here is what I did: I opened a terminal and typed the following:
Sometimes I have to type it more than once, or it just takes a second or two to apply. Either way, thats how I turn off my touchpad. +1 for myself for using the terminal successfully!
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JohnBobSmith wrote:Regarding getting the dual boot working, It was a bit of pain. First, I had to make a bootable flash drive(since I do not have any disks). Then, I had to disable safe boot from the bios, and then I believe it was something around UEFI and disabling that. After that, I had to enable booting from a flash drive, and then change the boot order (or something similar) to get everything working smoothly.
JohnBobSmith wrote:Anyhow, im almost entirely ready to ditch windows 8 after a short few days of using linux. I booted into windows 8 today, turns out I have no desktop background, and a custom start menu (classic shell) that had no icons on it...lovely.
LooseWingnut wrote:Good question
I've been using Linux pretty much full time since the beginning of 2010. My first main "distro" was Ubuntu 10.04. Since then, I've repurposed/built two PCs and owned two laptops that have run every LinuxMint main edition going back to version 9, several versions of PeppermintOS, Bodhi Linux, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome, Fedora and some others that I can't remember right now. I always found Mint to be lacking, but not any more.
I like Ubuntu and like Unity and Gnome Shell. I would be fine with those, so that's not why I've turned again to Mint.
I am running Mint 15 on my main/work laptop and have never had a better experience with Linux. I've had 15 on this machine for a month and have had not even one apport, which has never happened to me before under any distro. Cinnamon started out really shaky but is now nearly perfect (I'm waiting for 16 to come out before taking 2.0 for a spin). I think it's the most rock solid stable distro I have ever used.
Also, the software selection in Mint is perfect for me. I love having gdebi, synaptic and VLC right out of the box. And, call me crazy, but I really dig Banshee for my giant music collection. I don't have to spend hours hunting for and installing what I want. Most of it is just there. I love that.
Also, no distro looks better out of the box to me. From icons to gtk theme, etc. It looks great. And if you want options -- extensions, themes, etc, they're easy to find, install and try.
And Nemo. Love it.
I'm coming around to think that that is what Mint is really about. It's for people who want a Linux desktop system they can install and just start working on. They're not trying to take screenshots of how nice their desktop looks. They just want it to work. I don't have to think about setting things up. It's ready to go. It's desktop computing that has become about refining nor revolutionizing what works well. I
I'm really looking forward to Mint 16, and if it's as stable as 15, I don't think I'll "distro hop" again.
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