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New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by peridot7 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:23 am

Count me among those who are (finally) ditching Windows!

I enjoyed BASIC programming (on a TRS80 Model IV, waaaaaay back in the day when we saved programs to cassette tapes!) and later became fairly proficient in MSDOS. I am a long-time fan of Apple Computers (anyone else miss the Happy Mac greeting?) and have used Windows since Win95 because it was necessary for work. Several years ago I worked for a company in the electronics field and a software engineer taught me some basic tasks on a UNIX system. This is my first venture into Linux, and I'm jazzed about it.

My background is in accounting and applied psych; I'm looking to shift into the world of IT, specifically data analysis.

Like many others, I'm quite concerned about online security and privacy and have implemented many steps in protecting myself and the people I know.

I've been researching different distros and learning the terminology of the Linux world for about a month. At this point I've successfully installed LM on an older Toshiba Satellite laptop (full replacement of Windows 7 and the Toshiba bloatware) and, with some assistance here, as a dual boot on two desktop machines (one with Win10 and the other running Win7). I think my SOs are surprised by my geeky glee when I share what I've learned and my small but meaningful-to-me accomplishments! :lol:

Current goals: find (and support) open-source replacements for Windows apps and learn Terminal commands, you know, for fun :D

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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by phd21 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:03 pm

Hi "peridot7",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!
Phd21: Mint KDE 17.3 & 18.3, 64-bit Awesome OS, Ancient Dell OptiPlex 780 Core2Duo E8400 3GHz,4gb Ram,256gb SDD, 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: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by WharfRat » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:12 pm

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Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by austin.texas » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:15 pm

Mint 18.2 Cinnamon, Quad core AMD A8-3870 with Radeon HD Graphics 6550D, 8GB DDR3, Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Linux Linx 2018

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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by BaltyRaven » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:31 pm

Hi, peridot7. Welcome to the Linux Mint forums. :D

Glad to see somebody who used Windows computing for that long.
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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by JerryF » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:02 pm

Welcome to the forums!
IF your problem has been solved, please edit your original post and add [SOLVED] to the beginning of the Subject Line. It helps other members.

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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by Tomgin5 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:04 pm

Good hunting Peridot7. I made the big switch nearly 2 years ago at a dead run. Since then I have converted over 175 machines to LM. For friends and aquaintences.
I am sure you will find numerous and many times better running equivalents to Windex programs in the "Software Manager" I am still finding new ones. Just when I am nearly ready to give up I find another one. Of course with nearly 85,000 to choose from It takes a while to sort out the best from the not quite as good. :mrgreen:

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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by michael louwe » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:20 am

@ peridot7, .......
peridot7 wrote:...
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For alternative Windows programs, please refer to ... https://alternativeto.net/platform/linux/

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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by catweazel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:26 am

Welcome!
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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by jimallyn » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:45 am

Welcome aboard, peridot7!
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Re: New to Linux, Cheers! from Arizona

Post by peridot7 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:49 pm

Thank you much for the welcomes -- and the helpful links! I'm eager to delve into the new (to me) apps -- and already planning to install LM for my mom-in-law, once I've figured out everything she needs.

I'd pretty much given up on my 8-year-old Toshiba laptop . . . but after reading posts from users stating that Linux gave their older machines new life, I figured it was worth a try. Already so very glad I did, and appreciate that others take the time to post about their experiences, including the mistakes.

My next projects (after income taxes are filed) will be setting up a PC as a server -- and possibly converting a 10-year-old MacBook to Linux.

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