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New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by bawldiggle » Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:49 am

AS a pimply faced youth I started with (not "on") main frames ... well ... pushing hand trolleys around of punch cards, loosing a few on the way and sometimes they got wet.
I didn't last long in IT. One thing I liked about the dark-ages was the aircraft-hanger sized "computer rooms" were air conditioned.

For about 10 years I have wanted to try Linux. The sense of adventure

A white knuckle ride 8 to 10 years ago (maybe more).
The Linux forum was like trying to have a conversation with aliens. I gave up.

Gradually MS is wearing me down with more bovine excrement. Win8 was the last straw and now the concept of Office360.

Since about 1998 I have written a lot of Excel tools and addins (too many to count) for myself and clients but with MS Office 2010 they no longer "support" VBA.
- don't cringe, I know VBA is notorious for bloat. I spent 12 months (spare time) writing an addin to rebuild xls, xla, xlt, files from the ground up.
- no copy pasting, read and write spreadsheets + all objects on them, modules, classes ... but I gave up when VBA was destined for the chop.

Now one week away from my 69th birthday I am entering a new realm. Wish I was 40 years younger, very interesting times.
Decided on Mint-MATE after about 2 years research in my spare time (I am still working for $$)
The Mint forums is like a breath of fresh air.
So far I have managed to create a bootable thumb-drive with Mint-MAT 17 ... and it works !

Tomorrow is an install of Mint-MATE 17

Thank you to the clever people who have got me started :wink:
** Inspite of my post count I am a newbie, trying to get my head around Linux -- simple, clear details for a dummy would be appreciated
Acer Aspire 5315 (purchased 2007) | OS Linux Mint 17 "Quiana" -- Mate 32-bit | 2GB RAM | HDD 80GB

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by jimallyn » Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:08 am

Welcome aboard, bawldiggle!

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by The-Wizard » Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:53 am

welcome to the Mint family forums.

there are plenty of us with snow on the mountain and bits falling off [ROFL]...

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by all41 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:02 pm

Hi bawldiggle and welcome.
You're going to love this place

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by Crewp » Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:20 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by vrkalak » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:47 pm

:mrgreen: ..:: Welcome to LinuxMint ::.. :mrgreen:

Read everything you can -- Forums - Wiki - IRC

Linux: Tricks of the Trade >
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What works for Ubuntu, usually works for Mint >
Linux Alternative to Windows >
LinuxMint Community Forums - Tutorials >

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by jesica » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:43 am

Welcome to Linux Mint

A Quick internet search, is the answer to success.

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Happy apt-get-ing!

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Re: New to Linux and Mint Mate ... this week

Post by jahid » Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:47 am

Welcome to the Mint family.......... :mrgreen:
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