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Chris581
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Hello From NZ

Post by Chris581 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 pm

Hi All,

As a complete newbie to Linux I have settled on Mint - currently running 17.3 - after a brief flirtation with Zorin which my old ACER Travelmate 7510 couldn't seem to cope with very well.
The level of help I can see on here is tremendous and I will spend time looking around for specific things - Drivers in particular - cd/dvd, wifi, bluetooth etc

I only want this for general home use but want functionality from it - be honest, am I flogging a dead horse with this machine??

Cheers in advance to any advice.

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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by phd21 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:16 pm

Hi Chris581,

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: Hello From NZ

Post by WharfRat » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:17 pm

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Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by murray » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:40 pm

Welcome fellow Kiwi!
Running Mint 19.2 Cinnamon on an Intel NUC8i5BEH with 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD

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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by jimallyn » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:16 pm

Chris581 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 pm
Hi All,

As a complete newbie to Linux I have settled on Mint - currently running 17.3 - after a brief flirtation with Zorin which my old ACER Travelmate 7510 couldn't seem to cope with very well.
The level of help I can see on here is tremendous and I will spend time looking around for specific things - Drivers in particular - cd/dvd, wifi, bluetooth etc

I only want this for general home use but want functionality from it - be honest, am I flogging a dead horse with this machine??

Cheers in advance to any advice.
Welcome aboard, Chris581! Flogging a dead horse? Well, maybe not dead, but certainly badly injured. That's a pretty puny computer, but if all you want to do is read your email, word processing, light web browsing, etc., you could get by with that for a while. It definitely will not play any modern games, and websites that are heavy with scripts, like Facebook, will bog it down quickly (hint: use the mobile site: m.facebook.com). As far as drivers, most of them come with the Linux kernel, but you might have to install a driver for your wifi/bluetooth. There are people here who can help you with that. Mint 17.3 will be out of support soon, so you might want to install 18.x or 19.x instead. The XFCE version is best for not-so-powerful computers. Boot into it from a DVD or USB stick and see just how slow it is. It will be faster than that once it's installed on the hard drive. Let us know how that works out.
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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by kc1di » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:21 pm

Hi Chris581,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums. Enjoy :)
Easy tips : https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/
Linux Mint Installation Guide: http://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea ... en/latest/
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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by smudge » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:28 pm

Hi and welcome @Chris581 from Wellington NZ!
Been a hard core Linux and FOSS user since early 1990-92. Big fan of pen testing, OSINT and user privacy. I do not use Facebook or Google products. Use Mint, CentOS, Arch, Kali, and arrot distros. Started with Mandrake and Suse before Redhat then Fedora.

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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by lsemmens » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Hi Chris, Jimalyn's suggestions are good ones. While Mint 17 won't suddenly stop working, the chances of finding a solution to some problems might severely diminish. Of course, if it is doing everything you need, then stay put. Welcome to the world of Linux, anyway. :D
Kernel: 4.15.0-46-generic x86_64 bits
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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by Pierre » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:21 pm

Hi Chris581,
welcome to our forum
:)

you could also try out MX-18 as that also can be used on that older laptop,
https://mxlinux.org/
as that is still designed for those older machines.
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Re: Hello From NZ

Post by Chris581 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:15 am

Thanks for all the welcome messages! :D
I will tinker with this for now but may try MXLinux Pierre suggested.
Going to enjoy this journey into the world of Linux I'm sure.

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