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dgranteer
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New Old Linux User

Post by dgranteer » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:33 pm

Hi! My name is David. I am 81 y/o. I have had this Linux thumb drive for a long time and decided to install it on this old Dell laptop I had lying around. Well, I liked what I saw so I started updating the software. I spent a couple of hours on that and realized that the drive I had was so old that I would have been better off downloading a new version to start with. Never mind; I am here now.
Way back, people used to pay me to do things in HP-UX on their computers. All I remember about it is that I hated the "vi" editor.
Then, I went to work for H-P. It was all assembly and C++ after that.
The rest of my career was at McDonnell-Douglas and TRW building a spacecraft. You can see pix of it by Googling the USAF Defense Support Project.
I retired from the US Army Yuma Proving Ground and moved to Baja, Mexico, where I live today.
Did I mention that I retired from the US Navy as a LCDR in Cryptology?
The timeline is a little messed up. :roll:

Computers:
2 Dell laptops
Mac Mini (Dual boot Mojave and W10)
iPad
xBox360
Samsung Galaxy j3
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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by WharfRat » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:36 pm

Hello David Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by dgranteer » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:20 pm

Thank you! Hey, I was wondering: I have a copy of UBUNTU. Do you think it would be worth installing it?
Is that blasphemy?

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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by Pierre » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:28 pm

Hi david,
welcome to our forum
:D

how old is that copy of Ubuntu ? if it's a recent version, then that is worth installing.
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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by Sabasti » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:03 am

dgranteer wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:20 pm
Thank you! Hey, I was wondering: I have a copy of UBUNTU. Do you think it would be worth installing it?
Is that blasphemy?
If it's not blasphemy, it's not Linux. (so sayeth Windows followers ;) )

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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by lsemmens » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:25 am

Hi dgranteer, I've played with Linux on and off over the years, So you are not alone. in experimenting with any version of *nix. There is no blasphemy in using other versions of Linux. :D
Kernel: 4.15.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9
Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara

Laptop T4500 Dualcore 4Gb RAM
Server AMD Phenom 9650 - GEForce 9400GT 6Gb RAM
+ three other Linux Mint machines
Out of my mind - please leave a message

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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by dgranteer » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:51 pm

My problem is that I don't know what Ubuntu is. I thought it was a new and improved version of Linux and downloaded a copy of it, intending to use it as a 'puter operating system. Well, I have had trouble getting it to load and now I wonder if it is really what I thought it was. Does anyone use Ubuntu as a primary operating system for their machine? If so, is it any good?

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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by JerryF » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:54 pm

Welcome!

Mint is a great OS, but so is Ubuntu. I went with Mint because I didn't like Ubuntu.
IF your problem has been solved, please edit your original post and add [SOLVED] to the beginning of the Subject Line. It helps other members.

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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by lsemmens » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:18 pm

Ubuntu is just another "flavour" of linux, like, Mint, Manjaro,...... and so on.
Kernel: 4.15.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9
Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara

Laptop T4500 Dualcore 4Gb RAM
Server AMD Phenom 9650 - GEForce 9400GT 6Gb RAM
+ three other Linux Mint machines
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Re: New Old Linux User

Post by Sabasti » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:24 am

dgranteer wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:51 pm
My problem is that I don't know what Ubuntu is. I thought it was a new and improved version of Linux and downloaded a copy of it, intending to use it as a 'puter operating system. Well, I have had trouble getting it to load and now I wonder if it is really what I thought it was. Does anyone use Ubuntu as a primary operating system for their machine? If so, is it any good?
So, some people *like* Ubuntu and yes there are people that use it as their primary operating system. I used to.... I've also used Fedora, Manjaro and others but right now I'm using Mint. Mint was intended to be more stable and more friendly than Ubuntu without being as slow and dated as Debian. (Debian is pretty much King of Stability, nothing really comes close).

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