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.
I agree with you on all points! I think that as more get tired of Windows 8 and look for another alternative, and if the word gets out more about Linux Mint, we'll be seeing a lot of ex-Windows users coming into Linux via Mint. I think Mint is so easy to use and install that it will appeal to Windows users.
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.
For those who have not figured out how to disable the touchpad (I assume you have, John?) Here is how I did it: http://cgi.bytebin.net/linux/hardware/touchpad.php
What did you fix with the hot corners? I never really minded them, myself, as I never really use them.
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.
I use LibreOffice a lot! Spreadsheet for my home budget, electric meter reads and gas milage records are especially neat! I also have to edit documentation in Word format for work sometimes so this is another reason I like LibreOffice. I used to use OpenOffice on Windows so I was already familiar with the whole format to begin with.
Another thing I love is GIMP! I used to use Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 in Windows. Just recently I gave that program away to a friend (along with Video Studio X3 since I discovered OpenShot). I don't do videos much at all but I do have to do graphics work both for work and for myself (photo editing, web graphics, etc.) I'm finding GIMP just as easy to use and even was able to convert all the PSP picture tubes to GIMP (converted them to PNG first in Paint Shop Pro then made brushes, etc. in Gimp out of the PNGs). I found many scripts that I had and that came with PSP also have some GIMP equivalents. I do admit I missed some plugins like BladePro and EyeCandy so I still run PhotoShop Elements 5 in WINE to get those to work on rare occasion that I'd need them.
JohnBobSmith wrote:-Linux does not have background processes that eat up precious system resources!
is what I love! It lets me then use more resources for development such as running Apache and MySQL (LAMP). I also use Eclipse for development (PHP, Python, Perl, HTML, etc.) and that is just as good (if not better) than Visual Studio in Windows!
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.
Docking? I think that's what it's called. Anyway, I agree that it's nice to have something that is similar to Windows. I use KDE (I've loved KDE ever since I used Mandriva and RedHat years ago). KDE is also very similar to Windows 7 (with the right window decorations). Or it can look like XP! Or anything else you want. I think most desktop environments let you do this (including Cinnamon). I think once people find the "familiar" window decoration in the desktop environment of their choice, it won't seem all that much different from Windows.
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.
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. Android is built upon Linux and already it too has had it's share of an upswing in viruses. Though I have yet to put a virus scanner on my phone or tablet yet. I'm still not that worried. 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. But who knows what will happen in the future as more move away from Windows. Something to at least keep one's eye on. And definitely be sure to keep up with security patches via the repositories!
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.
Did you have any of that UEFI/Secure Boot problems? Or was your computer pre-installed with Windows 8? I hear that if a computer is pre-installed with Win8 then getting a dual boot is difficult (though not impossible). My computer came pre-installed with Windows 7 and I went in on the Windows 8 upgrade offer when it came out. Also I didn't dual-boot. I just wiped out the entire hard drive (low level format yet!) and installed Mint. That worked good!
I am really enjoying my transition to Linux and I will probably dedicate my full hard drive to linux in the near future!
I think you're going about it the right way. For me, I used Virtual Machines (VirtualBox in Windows 8 ) to test out Linux. But dual boot is good too. I used to dual-boot back in the Mandriva days. This way you get to see how a real raw install will work on your computer. Then when ready, I think there's a partition editor in Linux that you can use to wipe out the Windows 8 partition and reallocate it to your Linux system. One step at a time, that's what I did. Then I went and installed Mint on my spare laptop.
Oh, and both laptops have Linux Mint badges and a tux sticker over the "Windows" key!
I got those from thinkpenguin.com. Really great quality and looks like it belongs there (because it does)!