Moved from Windows to Mint finally

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Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by csmitheu » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:30 am

Hello from UK.

Installed mint on my laptop finally and destroyed my Windows 8.1 USB stick with a hammer. I'm pleased to say everything works perfectly and was a liberating experience.

Over 20 years of death by papercuts lead me here. I'll write about it one day but I'm just relaxing now and trying to remove the rest of my data from Google's ecosystem. All I want is my personal computer back without any online services, upselling, marketing and cost other than an IMAP box and I've got that now thanks to Mint and gandi.net.

Now to shift the smartphone addiction! That might be difficult. Going to uninstall one app a week until I don't use it any more for anything other than making calls. Then I'll buy a £20 pay as you go phone.

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by Pjotr » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:46 am

csmitheu wrote:Hello from UK.

Installed mint on my laptop finally and destroyed my Windows 8.1 USB stick with a hammer. I'm pleased to say everything works perfectly and was a liberating experience.

Over 20 years of death by papercuts lead me here. I'll write about it one day but I'm just relaxing now and trying to remove the rest of my data from Google's ecosystem. All I want is my personal computer back without any online services, upselling, marketing and cost other than an IMAP box and I've got that now thanks to Mint and gandi.net.

Now to shift the smartphone addiction! That might be difficult. Going to uninstall one app a week until I don't use it any more for anything other than making calls. Then I'll buy a £20 pay as you go phone.
Welcome, and good luck! :)

That shift from smartphone to dumbphone is also one that I did myself: for me, it turned out to be not so hard after all. And it certainly feels good to be free. :mrgreen:
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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by The-Wizard » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:51 am

Welcome to the Mint family forums....we don't seem to get many members from the Smoke which I put down to badge loyalty, but hey you found us, pull up a seat and stay a while

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by csmitheu » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:36 pm

Thank you both :)

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by z31fanatic » Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:35 pm

csmitheu wrote: destroyed my Windows 8.1 USB stick with a hammer.
You bad boy you.

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by daveinuk » Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:43 pm

Welcome to Mint and welcome aboard,

I've been MS free and Android free (running SailfishOS on a Jolla) and I try to avoid using google for search when and where I can, and life is smoother, less
problematic, and more maintenance free, and above all, more enjoyable ! It's a great relief to be shut of MS, enjoy the ride ;)

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by Crewp » Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:35 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D
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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by vrkalak » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:28 am

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by RacerBG » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:56 am

Some Nokia phones (newer but not smart phones) still have the "Snake" game. Cool stuff!

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by csmitheu » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:04 am

Actually I just bought a Nokia 106 this morning. Decided to go cold turkey. Todo list stands at: kill the WiFi as it's unreliable and just use Ethernet (need to run some around the house), kill off all service subscriptions, move my desktop to mint (I haven't used it for months so it's going to be tined into an NFS server), quit Facebook and close google and Microsoft accounts.

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by Zwopper » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:29 am

Congratulations and Welcome to Linux Mint! :D
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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by exploder » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:53 pm

WElcome to the forum! :)

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Re: Moved from Windows to Mint finally

Post by Klaushybrid » Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:06 pm

What do you guys have against Google? I mean not using Google even the search engine.
Welcome, BTW :D

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