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Greetings you Minty lot!

Post by VBF » Wed May 29, 2019 8:08 am

Hello,

I've been a Windows user since computers were steam powered :D

Very much a Unix newbie despite having toyed with Ubuntu and Lubuntu over the years, although I am old enough to have used command line OSs (DOS, VMS, Commander)

Having an old Netbook that was basically a doorstop as far as Windows is concerned, (Atom Processor and 1GB memory) I thought to put Unix on it and tried Mint.
I came across this forum whilst searching for "How to boot and install Mint from a USB memory device"- the Netbook has no optical drives of course.

It's now running happily away with 19.1 Cinnamon, and I'm just climbing on to the learning curve.

VBF

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Post by WharfRat » Wed May 29, 2019 8:10 am

Hello VBF Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Post by Pierre » Wed May 29, 2019 10:17 am

Hi VBF,
welcome to our forum
:)

you may find that the Cinnamon Desktop is an bit too heavy for that oldie,
& that you would be better off, in using the lighter Mate desktop, instead.
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Post by Greencedar » Wed May 29, 2019 6:47 pm

Welcome to the forum vbf. :)

Glad to hear that Linux 19.1 is going well for you.
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Post by RollyShed » Wed May 29, 2019 7:02 pm

VBF wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 8:08 am
Hello,

I've been a Windows user since computers were steam powered :D
Before that we hand cranked them... or at least ran punched paper tape to hold the programme and told them how to read the paper by toggling hex-decimal switch code (PDP-8).
Having an old Netbook that was basically a doorstop as far as Windows is concerned, (Atom Processor and 1GB memory) I thought to put Unix on it and tried Mint.
Is that an eeMachines Netbook? If so it is what we have used for a number of years as our travelling machine. My brother had and suggested I, double the memory. We were using a USB stick iso when travelling but I then fitted an SSD so as long as the case etc. doesn't break, dropping shouldn't damage anything and it is a good mobile machine for e-mails while on-the-move in foreign places.
It's now running happily away with 19.1 Cinnamon, and I'm just climbing on to the learning curve.
Easy, little to learn or everything depending how deep you want to go. Web browsers, office suite and Freecell in off moments..... all there.

Have fun.

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Post by phd21 » Wed May 29, 2019 7:59 pm

Hi VBF,

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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Post by lsemmens » Wed May 29, 2019 10:10 pm

Computers were never steam powered. They were only every powered by smoke, and still are!!!! Every component contains a little puff of smoke, you let that out, and they all fall over.............:D

Welcome to the minty freshness of mint! :D
Kernel: 4.15.0-46-generic x86_64 bits
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9
Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara

Laptop HP-ProBook-470-G2 8Gb RAM SSD
Server AMD Phenom 9650 - GEForce 9400GT 6Gb RAM
+ three other Mint machines
Out of my mind - please leave a message

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Post by jimallyn » Thu May 30, 2019 1:33 am

Welcome aboard, VBF!
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Post by VBF » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:47 am

Thanks all for the welcomes - apologies for not replying sooner but I haven't yet worked out how to get email notifications of replies to my posts. :oops:
Scratch that - just updated my "Notifications"

In reply to various...

It's a Samsung NC10 - the battery is dead so running it off the mains until such time as I decide whether or not I need portability. Found a cheap and cheerful battery on eBay if/when I need it.

It was my travelling machine back in the days of Windows XP and has been "resting" for several years.

Cinnamon Desktop is OK so far - again, depending on what i do with the machine, I might change that to Mate - (thanks @Pierre) Same applies to swapping the memory and/or HDD for an SSD. Present challenge is to get it talking to my Windows network - no doubt I'll find that in this forum somewhere.

Yes I do remember the PDP 8 and 11 - how about the"Xerox Sigma" mainframes, complete with Paper Tape and Hollerith Card Readers? :lol:

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Post by AndyMH » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:35 am

My first programming experience was algol60 + paper tape. Also programmed a PDP8 through the front panel switches. Awfully glad we've advanced a bit since then :)
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Post by JerryF » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:32 am

Welcome!
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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Post by RollyShed » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:24 pm

VBF wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:47 am
and Hollerith Card Readers? :lol:
The biggest backward step was getting rid of computer cards. What do you write your shopping list on now? OK, back of an envelope. But they are going to stop mail so now what? And how much of the world was designed on the "back of an envelope" as they say. It all going to the dogs (or cell phones...), doom, doom...
And yes, my first programming switches on a PDP-8. Then I personally got a Sinclair.

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Post by all41 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:20 am

VBF wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 8:08 am
Hello,

I've been a Windows user since computers were steam powered :D

Very much a Unix newbie despite having toyed with Ubuntu and Lubuntu over the years, although I am old enough to have used command line OSs (DOS, VMS, Commander)

Having an old Netbook that was basically a doorstop as far as Windows is concerned, (Atom Processor and 1GB memory) I thought to put Unix on it and tried Mint.
I came across this forum whilst searching for "How to boot and install Mint from a USB memory device"- the Netbook has no optical drives of course.

It's now running happily away with 19.1 Cinnamon, and I'm just climbing on to the learning curve.

VBF
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Post by VBF » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:44 am

😁😎

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Post by bob466 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:59 am

Welcome to the Forum Image

After a short while you'll find Linux Mint is very easy to use and so much better than Windoze. Image :lol: :D
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