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A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by BZHTexas1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:24 pm

Hello eveyone!

Perhaps would it be time for me to introduce myself.

My name is Alain, living in Brittany, France (lived in Texas for more than 8 years, this explaining my profile's name "BZHTexas" BZH meaning "Bretagne Zone Heureuse (Brittany Happy Area)"!

Well, I wanted to migrate towards Linux for a long time and finally decided to switch to Linux Mint after windows causing so many troubles.

As an amateur astronomer, I would say that installing LM was a small step but a happy giant leap to the Linux planet (OK, let's say Universe). No way to come back to the other OS. NEVER!

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Post by MintBean » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:31 pm

BZHTexas1 wrote:No way to come back to the other OS. NEVER!
That's the spirit, my friend!
Welcome aboard.

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Post by Arch_Enemy » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:42 pm

BZHTexas1 wrote:Hello eveyone!

Perhaps would it be time for me to introduce myself.

My name is Alain, living in Brittany, France (lived in Texas for more than 8 years, this explaining my profile's name "BZHTexas" BZH meaning "Bretagne Zone Heureuse (Brittany Happy Area)"!

Well, I wanted to migrate towards Linux for a long time and finally decided to switch to Linux Mint after windows causing so many troubles.

As an amateur astronomer, I would say that installing LM was a small step but a happy giant leap to the Linux planet (OK, let's say Universe). No way to come back to the other OS. NEVER!
I have a fairly expensive Canon photo printer. They do not provide Linux drivers anymore. So I boot into Windows to print the photos I've manipulated with the GiMP, from a shared drive. That's it! :D
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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by The-Wizard » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:13 pm

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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by WharfRat » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:51 pm

Hello BZHTexas1 Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Post by catweazel » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:42 pm

Welcome aboard!
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Post by jimallyn » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:30 pm

Welcome aboard, Alain!
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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by BZHTexas1 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:24 am

Thank you all, for your messages!

Best,

Alain.

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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by phd21 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:04 am

Hi "BZHTexas1",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

Check out "Stellarium and "Kstars" in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)

New open project "Ubuntu Astronomy"
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/5431 ... astronomy/

"Celestia" is yet another open-source planetarium app, created by Chris Laurel. The app is based on Hipparcos Catalogue (HIP) and permits the users to travel through space.

- In Linux Mint 17.x it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)

https://celestiaproject.net/


Hope this helps ...
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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by BG405 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:25 am

Welcome to Mint and the Forums.
BZHTexas1 wrote:No way to come back to the other OS. NEVER!
Excellent :mrgreen:

Memories of those Windows issues will soon fade, stress levels will fall :lol: (actually that's true in my case) .. I'm sure you'll have a lot of pleasure with Mint.

I made the decision to switch the first time I booted a machine with Linux Mint, early 2016, never looked back. Windows is now confined to VMs for experimenting, with networking disabled.

BTW, I'm also into astronomy. Those suggestions by phd21 look interesting .. thanks phd for posting those.
Arch_Enemy wrote:I have a fairly expensive Canon photo printer. They do not provide Linux drivers anymore.
Ouch. Would a VM work for this? My printer doesn't have an official Linux driver either, I'm using a Xerox driver. Maybe there is an alternative "compatible" one for yours, but I expect you've already looked/tried etc..
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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by BZHTexas1 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:21 pm

Hi phd21,

I know Stellarium and Celestia and had them installed on my other OS. Stellarium is one of the first softwares I installed on LM 18.2. There is another one I used: SkyChart/Cartes du Ciel. Stellarium is just perfect for my needs.

BTW, I'm on Cloudynights too!

Best,

Alain.
phd21 wrote:Hi "BZHTexas1",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

Check out "Stellarium and "Kstars" in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)

New open project "Ubuntu Astronomy"
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/5431 ... astronomy/

"Celestia" is yet another open-source planetarium app, created by Chris Laurel. The app is based on Hipparcos Catalogue (HIP) and permits the users to travel through space.

- In Linux Mint 17.x it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)

https://celestiaproject.net/


Hope this helps ...

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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by phd21 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:02 pm

Hi "BZHTexas1" and "BG405",

You are welcome...

Stephen Hawking wrote:Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. Stephen Hawking
Serbian proverb wrote:Be humble for you are made of the earth
Be noble for you are made of the stars.
-Serbian proverb
Star quotes and sayings...
http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/stars-quotes/

Oscar Wilde wrote:“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
FYI: The meaning of the above quote
https://www.fearlessmotivation.com/2015 ... the-stars/
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Re: A giant leap into the Linux planet...

Post by phd21 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:59 pm

Hi Everyone,

FYI:
I do not know if anyone else has better instructions, but I found it difficult to find instructions for installing "celestia" in Linux Mint 18.x (Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial), whereas I think it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) for Linux Mint 17.x (Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty).

After extensive searching, I did find "celestia" in easy to install Linux ".deb" files for Linux Mint 18.x (Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial); download each file #1-#4 and then double click each one to install them in the order listed.
Files came from link below
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... /celestia/

1.) "celestia-common" a dependency for 32-bit and 64-bit (All)
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... .1_all.deb

2.) "celestia-glut" a dependency, choose either 64-bit or 32-bit.
64-bit
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... _amd64.deb
OR
32-bit
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... 1_i386.deb

3.) "celestia-gnome" a dependency, choose either 64-bit or 32-bit.
64-bit
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... _amd64.deb
OR
32-bit
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... 1_i386.deb

4.) The actual main "Celestia" application for both 64-bit or 32-bit (all)
http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo ... .1_all.deb


Hope this helps ...
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