Old Memory, but still Learning.

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Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by easyt50 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:50 pm

Hi Mint Forum,

Easyt50 here. The 50 is the year I was born. Yes, 1950. I started working with computers
and wrote my first Cobol program in 1970. Back then, the mainframe computer was an IBM
360/30 with 32k of memory. It was a DOS/360 operating system with three IBM 3211 - 7.2 MB
disk storage units attached.

I've worked in the IT field for 30 years form 1970 to 2000. I have seen LOTS of changes thru
these years. DOS to DOS/VS, VM, OS/VS1, MVS, and MVS/XA.

Job titles / functions: Programmer, Systems Programmer, CICS programmer, IT Security,
Technical Support Specialist, Computer Operations Supervisor, and a few other.

First PC was an Atari 400 with 16k and a cassette tape for storage / programs. Then on to IBM compatible
PC running MS DOS, Windows 95 all the way thru to Windows 10.

Now for the next Big change for me. Switching to Linux.

I had some experience with Unix back in the late 1990's as a backup Unix Administrator on an
Oracle system. Now I want to switch my desktop and my laptop to Linux Mint Cinnamon. For the past
20 years it has been Windows, so now I need to lean new skills for Linux and esp. for the commands in
terminal mode.

Thanks for any and all help. Looking forward to meeting some new friends.

Howard

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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by kc1di » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:17 pm

Hello Howard,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums, enjoy the learning and the challenge. You'll learn fast and be at home before you know it.
There are a couple good pages to read in my signature. See you around the forum.
Easy tips : https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/
Linux Mint Installation Guide: http://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea ... en/latest/
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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by deck_luck » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:42 pm

Welcome to this forum and the Linux world. Just like any new operating system you will have a learning curve especially if you tinker under the hood. Most Linuux Mint users are not techno nerds, and they just need a distro that lets them get their work done by running their applications. For the most part Linux Mint does that probably better than any other desktop/laptop distro. At least compared to over a dozen that I have familiarity. I find Linux Mint XFCE much like MAC OS without the Apple eco system. I should put my Linux Mint choice in to context before making that statement. I am primarily a laptop user, and I intentionally choose a lighter weight desktop environment for better battery run time. Besides, I am not a push over for bloated meaningless desktop environment features. I have the XFCE panels setup very similar in appearance to MAC OS, and it suits me. Other people might prefer a Window 7 look, and they may choose a different desktop environment. I would encourage to test each of the Linux Mint Mate, XFCE, and Cinnamon variants to get an idea what is available and more importantly what appeals to you and your computing needs. Please understand Cinnamon is a heavy weight DE, and I would not recommend it for a laptop or even a dated and less powerful desktop computer.

A good starting point for reading material is the Linux Mint Documentation.
https://linuxmint.com/documentation.php

Also, Linux Mint has a nice Welcome application that runs when you first login. It is good quick start guide.
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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by WharfRat » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:13 am

Hello Howard Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by Pierre » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:17 am

Hi Howard,
welcome to our forum.
:)

you will find some fellow IT types around these parts,
as well as some fellow Windows Refugees.
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Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] - when your problem is solved!
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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by carum carvi » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:42 am

easyt50 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:50 pm
Hi Mint Forum,

Easyt50 here. The 50 is the year I was born. Yes, 1950. I started working with computers
and wrote my first Cobol program in 1970.

I've worked in the IT field for 30 years form 1970 to 2000. .

Now for the next Big change for me. Switching to Linux.

I had some experience with Unix back in the late 1990's as a backup Unix Administrator on an
Oracle system. Now I want to switch my desktop and my laptop to Linux Mint Cinnamon. For the past 20 years it has been Windows, so now I need to lean new skills for Linux and esp. for the commands in terminal mode.

Thanks for any and all help. Looking forward to meeting some new friends. Howard
Welcome to the LinuxMint forum Easyt50 !

I am curious why you switched to Linux? I have switchced as well, 2 years ago, and the experience has been a pleasant one all the way. :D

Many experienced forummembers would surely be glad to help you out with any particular Linux terminal commands problems. Enjoy your stay!

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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by deck_luck » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:16 pm

I apologize for not mentioning some very useful and free Linux training.

When you get some free time I would encourage you to check the linuxcommand.org web site. It is a reasonable site for learning the command line and understanding bash. Also, the site has a free "The Linux Command Line, A Book By William Shotts" pdf book.

For a free formal Linux introduction course, The Linux Foundation in cooperation with edX.org offers a free "Introduction to Linux" online course. See the following link:

https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-linux

The course is free if you do not wish to gain the certificate of completion. For new Linux users looking to gain a general insight in to Lunix I highly recommend it.

I hope this helps you. I know it can be overwhelming when learning a new computing environment. But, with time you will get the hang of it.
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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by lsemmens » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:24 pm

Hi Howard, given your experience, you'll find your way around Mint in no time. Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux.
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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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by easyt50 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:07 am

carum carvi wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:42 am
easyt50 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:50 pm
I am curious why you switched to Linux? I have switchced as well, 2 years ago, and the experience has been a pleasant one all the way. :D
Hi carum carvi,

Well to be truthful, there was a couple reasons I am switching to Linux. The minor one is that Windows was getting to be such a hog on the PC
resources both on the CPU and with memory. And with Windows 10 lots of bloat ware was being installed. I've read Linux is very efficient and requires a lot less hardware to run smoothly.
The main reason I am switching is Windows 10. Being an old System Programmer, I like to be in control of the software on the PC. With Windows 10,
it took over the control of my PC. Windows 10 took over control of when and what updates were going to be installed, took over control of anti-virus scan.
took over control of file scanning / defragging the disk partitions.
I would turn on my PC and off it would go, CPU going up, lots of disk I/O and I had no control or even for sure what was going on. :x

So far, I am very happy with Linux Mint Cinnamon.
Howard

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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by carum carvi » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:49 am

easyt50 wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:07 am
The main reason I am switching is Windows 10. Being an old System Programmer, I like to be in control of the software on the PC.
Same reason I switched as well. Windows10 really did me in. Well, Easyt50, you will have a field day and a lot of freedom with LinuxMint for sure, because one thing that Linux definitely does give to it's users is CONTROL! Have fun with it. :D

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Re: Old Memory, but still Learning.

Post by bob466 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:14 pm

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