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jhylkema
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I haz a Mintmac!

Post by jhylkema » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:59 am

Arrite, here's the skinny:

I have a 2008 MacBook Pro 5,1. I can't upgrade the OS anymore and, when the time comes to replace this machine, I really didn't want to shell out close to four grand for a new laptop. Plus, I have a CCNA exam coming up and GNS3 runs way better under Linux than under MacOS. So, I took the plunge and, after a fair bit of blood, sweat, tears, and distro-hopping (including FreeBSD - great for servers, not so much for desktops), my oldie-but-goodie laptop is now a Mint-only box.

Let me tell you, Mint with XFCE has breathed new life into this old girl. As many people have found, MacOS is getting less and less about Just Works and more and more about nagware, spyware, and other assorted nastiness. The aforementioned GNS3 would cause my Mac to hard freeze, but I've had no problems with Mint even when running several Dynamips routers and a dozen or so IOU switches each with Etherchannel, funky spanning tree settings, and a whole host of other things.

The last time I was a Linux rebel was in 2003. Back then, I had to recompile the whole effing kernel to watch a DVD when I had a woman over (which can be a bit of a rarity for a geek). Now, pretty much all of that stuff Just Works.

The only remaining issue is the touchpad. I'd like to disable two-finger right click and use Ctrl-Tap for right clicking like I did on the Mac. This way, I can't accidentally right click or scroll when I don't want to.

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Re: I haz a Mintmac!

Post by jimallyn » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:25 pm

Welcome aboard, jhylkema!
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Re: I haz a Mintmac!

Post by phd21 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:32 am

Hi "jhylkema",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!
Phd21: Mint KDE 17.3 & 18.2, 64-bit Awesome OS, Ancient Dell OptiPlex 780 Core2Duo E8400 3GHz,3gb Ram,160gb hdd, Video: Intel 4 Graphics, DVD Lightscribe. Why I use KDE?:https://opensource.com/life/15/4/9-reasons-to-use-kde

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Re: I haz a Mintmac!

Post by WharfRat » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:54 am

Hello jhylkema Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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