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15 years away from Linux, its good to be back

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:14 pm
by stargazerpjs
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 :)

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

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:44 pm
by Pierre
G'day from WA
:D

do take the time to Read the Mint Users Guide that came with the installation.

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

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:56 pm
by all41
Hi stargazerpjs,
Welcome aboard. I predict you will soon be learning a thing or two from your son as well!

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

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:09 pm
by stargazerpjs
yea...... he already shown me how to do something the little bugger :) lol

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

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:44 pm
by Fred Barclay
Welcome to the Mint family, and happy Minting!

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

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:53 pm
by GreyGeek
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.

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:07 am
by jimallyn
Welcome aboard, stargazerpjs!

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:20 am
by The-Wizard
Welcome to you and the family :D to the Mint family forums


wizard

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:28 am
by Moem
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:
Welcome, I hope you'll enjoy!

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:21 am
by Crewp
Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum.

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:47 am
by exploder
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! :)

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:36 pm
by don250r
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

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

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:23 am
by stargazerpjs
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

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

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:44 pm
by GreyGeek
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

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

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:57 pm
by postie974
Welcome back! :)

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

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:11 am
by vrkalak
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