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Hi - From a not-so-new LM convert

Post by srq2625 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:49 am

I've been in computers (mostly software development) for nearly all my adult life. I can remember saving programs to both paper tape and to 80-column cards - so I've been around a bit (not as long as others thought). I started trying Linux about 15 years ago – looking for an alternative to buying the same yard of cloth (MS Windows) over and over again. Looked at Suse, Fedora, LM, and others – tools, in my opinion, weren’t yet ready for primetime so it was back to Windows.

That all changed when Windows 7 was nearing it’s useful life (OK, that’s an over-statement) and Win 8 was on the horizon. Microsoft was really getting into the “You really think you actually own your computer? Silly boy, computers belong to Microsoft!”

So I distro hopped amongst all the usual suspects; I even tried Arch (was not my best decision - I just wasn't up to the task). I tried LM and it was solid and I used it for a while (see my forum join date), but it had one problem; processing photographs was taking way too long (at the time I was a professional wedding photographer and needed to be able to process, literally, thousands of photographs in a batch). I found a Debian derivative (SolydXK) that was able to use the same software (Darktable) and process photographs in about 20% less time.

Times change and so did my focus in photography (seriously, no pun intended). Due to their philosophy about stability and the time it takes them to bring new technology to market, the Debian derivatives didn’t have all the firmware I needed for some newer hardware. I started looking at alternatives. Re-discovered Linux Mint when I built a desktop computer from salvaged parts

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System:    Host: kids-computer Kernel: 4.15.0-23-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
           Desktop: MATE 1.20.1 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1) info: mate-panel dm: lightdm Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: ASRock model: X58 Deluxe serial: N/A BIOS: American Megatrends v: P2.00 date: 07/16/2009
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7 920 (-MT-MCP-) arch: Nehalem rev.4 cache: 8192 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 21333
           clock speeds: min/max: 1600/2668 MHz 1: 1634 MHz 2: 1618 MHz 3: 1607 MHz 4: 1603 MHz 5: 1601 MHz
           6: 1601 MHz 7: 1609 MHz 8: 1605 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] bus-ID: 06:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0a65
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@59.99hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2 version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.106 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 06:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0be3
           Card-2 Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:3a3e
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-23-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e800 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
           IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 8260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24f3
           IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (2.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000AAKX size: 500.1GB serial: <filter>
Partition: ID-1: / size: 49G used: 9.1G (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 409G used: 343M (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      System: supported: N/A
           No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
           Unused Devices: none
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 30.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:42C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 220 Uptime: 15 min Memory: 1162.3/12006.9MB
           Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191 running in mate-terminal) inxi: 2.3.56 
and discovered that Debian couldn’t use the new wireless NIC to it’s full potential; LM did so right out of the box!

So, now I’m in the process of moving all my computers (except the one belonging to my dear wife) to LM MATE 19 “Tara” and finding it to be absolutely wonderful!

Don’t know what I can contribute on the forum, but I’ll try not to make too much of a fool of myself! I was actually quite pleased with myself when I figured out what was causing a flooding of my /var/log/kern.log file and was actually able to fix it.

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Re: Hi - From a not-so-new LM convert

Post by kc1di » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:20 am

Hi srq2625 Good to have you here, you'll be helping others in not time.
I have been around almost as long as you :) Started my linux life back in the mid 90's with slackware.

In any event enjoy the journey.
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Re: Hi - From a not-so-new LM convert

Post by WharfRat » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:45 pm

Hello srq2625 Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)

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Re: Hi - From a not-so-new LM convert

Post by phd21 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:40 pm

Hi srq2625,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!
Phd21: Mint KDE 18.3 & 19, 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: Hi - From a not-so-new LM convert

Post by BG405 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:18 pm

Welcome back to all the Minty goodness - the OS & the Forum! :D
Dell Inspiron 1525 - LM17.3 CE 64-------------------Acer D255E 2GB - Manjaro KDE, LM17.3 KDE 32
Toshiba NB305 - Manjaro KDE------------------------K7S5A AMD 1.2GHz - LM17.3 Xfce 32 & WinXP-Pro
Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111M - LM18.2 KDE 64 ----Dell PII 350 64MB - Puppy 4.3 & Win98-SE

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