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me76
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Hello from a new Linux user

Post by me76 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:31 pm

Hi!

I'm very new to Linux. I'm trying to learn it as I go the same way I did Windows. I'm no computer genius but I went from knowing nothing about Windows in the early 2000's to being able to repair the software and if all else fails reformat (even XP which always came back up missing drivers!) I was happy with Windows until Windows 8. This PC had Windows 8 on it and I put up with it because I was always told that if I went over to Linux I would never get the OS running right and all sorts of scary things would happen to prevent my PC from ever running again. The Linux demon would have me...forever!

Then came Windows 10 and the "free" upgrade. I especially liked that they installed nagware on all 7 and 8 machines that came packaged as an update. I uninstalled said update but then Windows 10 went live. All I heard about were problems, paid services (Solitaire for ten bucks a month? I have a 99 cent deck of cards, thank you) Then there was more about all the spyware. How they pretty much installed a key logger into Windows 10 and if they wanted they could see everything you were doing. Don't want to download a certain update? Too bad MS say you have to and should you hack your own system and remove an update they simply won't give you any more updates, period. It's your system but they might as well own it.

So I pulled an old laptop out of my closet. The thing is on it's last legs. I figured if Linux messed it up I lost very little anyway. I burned Linux Mint to disc and then I restarted the system and prayed it worked. The disc drive clicked for about a minute and then what was this? A trial version of the OS that I could run from the disc to see if I liked it before installing? I never saw anything like that before. Not sure if you will like a Windows OS? Oh well you'll find out after you install it, you might as well anyway you already paid for it. Or were given it for "free" so MS could then dictate what you can and can not do with your own system. Well I liked Mint. I liked the trial OS, and I installed it on my main PC. No major issues, no crashes and no Linux demons ready to pull my PC into software hell. It's a lot leaner than Windows too. This economy PC has four gigs of ram. Fresh out of the box Windows was using between 26% and 32% of the memory at idle. It now idles at about 8 or 9%.

In short I'm very happy with Linux Mint and I thank all those involved in it's creation.

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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by The-Wizard » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:12 am

congratulations you now own your machine, I f you want to pass the time playing a few games then there are loads FREE in the repository from good old space invader type to 3d chess [take a look in the software manager]

welcome to the Mint family forums

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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by jimallyn » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:46 am

Welcome aboard, me76!
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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by Crewp » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:52 am

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D
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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by MintBean » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:26 am

Good choice me76. Welcome to freedom!

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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by RacerBG » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:16 pm

The freedom demon is coming for you! :D

Welcome!
Proud of Linux Mint!

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Re: Hello from a new Linux user

Post by vrkalak » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:01 am

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