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15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by stargazerpjs » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:14 pm

Just saying Hi from down under,

Old Linux user from way back when Linux was new, the old days, stopped using Linux in 2001 and became a standard Windows user, Tried Linux again this month because my youngest son came home from school wanting to learn about coding and creating programs after him and few of his classmates created a phone app.

We set about a farther and son project, pulled a old P4 system from junk, few simple upgrades to memory and graphics card and then we downloaded 9 different Linux distributions and set about installing them and giving them a quick trial.

Boy I have forgotten allot about Linux, but...... I use to set up Linux networks and servers back in the day so I knew Linux extremely well once, It was a real eye opener to see how much development has happened in my 15 years away from Linux.... I mean WOW,

Mint become our choice at this stage for his Linux box until my son learns more but.....

I was so impress with Mint I have ditched windows 10 totally in this household, Mint KDE is my OS now, My oldest son ditched windows 8.1 and now runs Ubuntu, My wife's laptop we ditched windows 7 and now runs Mint Cinnamon and my youngest son uses mint on his linux box.

I know a good OS when I see one, now to relearn the finer points of Linux again :)
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As well as other Mint and Distros like Lite, MX etc on Wife and Kids systems

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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by Pierre » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:44 pm

G'day from WA
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by all41 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:56 pm

Hi stargazerpjs,
Welcome aboard. I predict you will soon be learning a thing or two from your son as well!

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Post by stargazerpjs » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:09 pm

yea...... he already shown me how to do something the little bugger :) lol
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by Fred Barclay » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:44 pm

Welcome to the Mint family, and happy Minting!
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by GreyGeek » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:53 pm

Welcome back!

Allow me to recommend C++, the Qt API and PostgreSQL as your development tools. QtCreator comes with the SDK and is also in the repository. If you are running the KDE4 desktop then the Qt 4 API is the one to choose, otherwise Qt 5. The difference is the addition of web dev capabilities in addition to the standard client or client-server apps. The best GUI for PostgreSQL is pgadmin3. A tutorial on how to install and configure PostgreSQL 9.4 on Linux Mint 17 is here. Forget the install part because all you need to do is use Synaptic and install them from the repository. QtCreator is similar to Microsoft's VisualStudio, or it was when I was using both tools eight years ago. It is a drag and drop gui rad tool. The Qt API builds on the extraordinary power of OOP using C++.
Here is the Qt 4.7 HTML documentation

I am recommending Qt and its tools because in forty years it was the most enjoyable and most powerful dev tool I ever used.

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Post by jimallyn » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:07 am

Welcome aboard, stargazerpjs!
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by The-Wizard » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:20 am

Welcome to you and the family :D to the Mint family forums


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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by Moem » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:28 am

stargazerpjs wrote: I use to set up Linux networks and servers back in the day so I knew Linux extremely well once, It was a real eye opener to see how much development has happened in my 15 years away from Linux.... I mean WOW,
I'm not surprised! 15 years is a long time and a lot has happened in that time. Nice, isn't it.
To people who ask me why I switched away from Windows now, and not earlier, I say 'I had to be ready for Linux... and Linux had to be ready for me.' :lol:
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by Crewp » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:21 am

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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by exploder » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:47 am

Welcome to the forum! I recently tried running Windows 10 on an HP 655 laptop for classes I am taking, it nearly drove me insane! :)

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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by don250r » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:36 pm

Welcome Back as well.
As an old-school mandrake/mandriva user myself, i know about the shock of coming back. :)
Many things have changed, and most things have a GUI front-end these days.
The low-level stuff(i.e. compiling, coding, etc) is still the same down deep :D
Mint 18 Cinnamon, 4.6.3 kernel
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16 Gb DDR3
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by stargazerpjs » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:23 am

GreyGeek wrote:Welcome back!
Allow me to recommend C++, the Qt API and PostgreSQL as your development tools. QtCreator comes with the SDK and is also in the repository. If you are running the KDE4 desktop then the Qt 4 API is the one to choose, otherwise Qt 5.

Thanks he giving this a try

Phil
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by GreyGeek » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:44 pm

stargazerpjs wrote:
GreyGeek wrote:Welcome back!

Allow me to recommend C++, the Qt API and PostgreSQL as your development tools. QtCreator comes with the SDK and is also in the repository. If you are running the KDE4 desktop then the Qt 4 API is the one to choose, otherwise Qt 5.
Thanks he giving this a try

Phil
Great! I'm sure he will love it. Here is a Qt forum I liked a lot, if he needs help:
http://www.qtcentre.org/forum.php

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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Post by postie974 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:57 pm

Welcome back! :)
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Re: 15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

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