Taking the plunge - again!

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Taking the plunge - again!

Postby loaba » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:09 am

Howdy - loaba here.

I'm not exactly new to the world of Linux and this isn't my first rodeo with Mint. Having said that, I'm not even an expert. What I am is just plain tired of Windows 8. I'm a long-time Windows guy and I love Win 7, but I'm looking for a new Forever OS.

Mint 15, are you my new Forever OS? Seeing as how this is the second time I've done an install, that bodes well.

Currently Mint is installed on my older HP desktop, on a secondary drive. With the exception of my Netgear Wireless adapter, the install went well. I'm thinking that the newer laptop (running the dreaded Win 8) is going to get the Mint treatment this afternoon. I've used Eight for about 3 months now and there is nothing about it that I really like.

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby The-Wizard » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:25 am

Welcome to the mint family forums

From memory netgear use Realtek chipset's had trouble with these myself after some messing around i ended up getting a new one for a few pounds off e-bay with an atrhos chip set

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby loaba » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:46 am

Wizard - I did some research last night and it seems like my particular adapter - WNA3100 - has been a real pain for lots of users. To be perfectly honest, I don't quite know how I got the thing running. I installed an extra NDISWRAPPER app from the software manager and created a new wireless network connection and Hey Presto! It worked... Weird.

Once I perform a backup on my Acer Aspire M5, I'll get Mint installed. Truth be told, I do like having Win 7 Pro on the desktop. It means that when I run into problems (installing Office, Photoshop etc.), I have something to fall back on. The goal is to move away from that security blanket eventually.

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby The-Wizard » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:14 pm

Mint comes with open office which dose most of what win office can, its still a fairly new program so a little lacking in templates but it seems to run quicker and takes up a lot less HD,Again it takes a bit of getting use to but Gimp editor with g-thumb organiser work well many think they are better than photo-shop,I am not a great taker of pictures but it works for me,

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ps. you didn't say what part of the world your in...
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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby loaba » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:22 pm

Wizard - I'm in New Mexico, USA.

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby The-Wizard » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:04 pm

you made an early start this morning... :roll:

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby passerby » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:10 pm

Since you're looking for a "forever" OS, you might want to give LMDE a try. Support for Mint 15 ends a few months after Mint 16 is released, IIRC, whereas LMDE will continue to receive update packs every now and then. As long as the Mint devs don't drop the project altogether, LMDE will continue to be updated indefinitely (albeit slowly) without a new installation being required.
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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby jesica » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:58 am

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby catweazel » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:29 am

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Re: Taking the plunge - again!

Postby Crewp » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:12 pm

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