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: email@example.com 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
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.logfile and was actually able to fix it.