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Loving Linux Mint! Have come a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by Vic20 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:13 pm

Hi guys, new to Linux Mint and loving it so far. My first computer was a Commodore Vic 20, I picked it up in 1983 and what I've seen over the years with the advancements in computing I could write a book upon. There has always been trendy things hit the market and rarely do I waste time upon them unless they stick around and prove their usefulness. I see in the current times people tossing out perfectly good hardware and systems and replacing them for the latest and greatest without putting into consideration that the older systems can easily enough be put back to factory specs, upgraded, or in this case on my current box, turning it into a linux box and on the dirt cheap.

I've only dabbled with linux in the past, Ubuntu was my first test drive and that was many years ago, I didn't stick with it because it was just too much work to get the hardware to play ball, and that it wasn't going to be running my favourite software, but this time with Mint, I am plowing through it, partially because of Wine, partially because it's finally time to move away from windows all together and get on with my next phase in life of computing. I am getting used to Gimp and see it does have all of the features I need and am used to with Paintshop Pro, just formatted differently, I use flash 4.0 for vector and other graphics applications, exported since it's such an easy program to use for, be it sadly you can't use it for web design any more. Next is getting Moray and Pov Ray running on it so that I get my 3d graphics suite and that may be a challenge since Moray works in since with Pov Ray to render and both are windows only applications, and will make due with the Libre Office software too.

My poor Dell Latitude 630 laptop that I've been using has gone through ww3, and it's been a tough little unit, but when USB ports are barely working, DVD drive barely functions, screen is so busted up it's useless to even see just fragments on the screen, it's now time to get all of the data from there, over to the new system and this time I will be learning how to use a tp-link switch to transfer it all over rather then the painful process using removable media, so I may have some questions upon how to do that most effectively so I can finally put that laptop to rest.

I am looking forward to seeing what this new OS can do and it will be cool to customize it in a way you can't with Windows or Mac.

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Re: Loving Linux Mint! Have came a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by Moem » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:41 pm

Vic20 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:13 pm
I am getting used to Gimp and see it does have all of the features I need and am used to with Paintshop Pro, just formatted differently,
Welcome, you seem to be my long lost software-sibling. :mrgreen:
I've been using Paintshop Pro for years while I was running Windows. Then when I switched to Mint, I used Wine to keep my trusty old PSP. But lately, Gimp has developed into something pretty usable and I find myself using it for more and more of the things that I used to do in PSP! I also keep Pinta and Inkscape on hand so there's always a nice array of options.

Glad to have you on board. Enjoy the Mint!
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Post by Vic20 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:16 pm

Thanks for the welcome, and I almost opted to use my trusty PSP with Wine, but after seeing enough reviews of how robust Gimp is and testimonies from people who were Photoshop die hards, now can't live without Gimp, I am going to get up to par upon using it and leave PSP behind. There are things I use flash for too that take very few steps to achieve the same effects Photoshop and PSP do, and you might want to add that to your arsenal., Version 4.0 is the best along usability and I've tried later versions, yet they just made a mess out of the interface while adding very little along features.

I'm finding the tp-link is not so plug and play with Mint, it see's it but fails to connect, so have some work on my hands to figure out the fix, be it the laptop had zero problems picking it up since it's windows based and the tp-link was made for windows users.

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Post by phd21 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Hi Vic20,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!
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Post by kc1di » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:05 am

Hello Vic20,
Welcome to the Linux Mint forums, Enjoy :)
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Post by WharfRat » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:54 am

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Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Re: Loving Linux Mint! Have come a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by lsemmens » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:18 pm

Yeah, the VIC 20 was on my short list just before the C64 came out along with an Apple LCII (I think that was it) and a CP/M luggable. I ended up buying a DOS box back then as it appeared to be the way of the future. I'm glad I did. Apple and M$ are about the only thing that survived from that era.
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Re: Loving Linux Mint! Have come a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by Vic20 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:40 pm

Those were the days for sure, I wished I could have afforded the Commodore 64, I think it was in the $75.00 range, the Vic 20 was $35.00 and just a young teen back then, that was a lot of money to save up and work for, yours would have likely been far out of that league for sure. I do remember later on running OS2 on a system, it seemed way ahead of it's time, looked like Windows 98 years before 98 was on the market and I love how you could turn it completely off in the middle of many open windows and projects and it would power up exactly where you left off at with everything. I wonder why that did not take root and flourish.

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Re: Loving Linux Mint! Have come a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by all41 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:33 am

Hi @Vic20,
Welcome to the forums. Good to have you aboard.
btw: there are many old farts here--and I totally resemble that remark.
I was messing with an Atari 64bit while others were using the Commodores.
Even then we didn't homogenize in the club, as I now remember.
Ah! those were younger days.

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Post by bob466 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:02 pm

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Re: Loving Linux Mint! Have come a long way since the days of Commodore.

Post by Vic20 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:40 pm

Thanks for the continued welcomes. I am finding more along non windows based software for using along what I normally do, and getting used to the new system along how to install and the rest. The old school, with web page editing, file transfer, much faster in Linux based systems. Even logging into the server control panel at my host, it's a different experience. I just updated a page at my site and it was the easiest and same clean code as what I used before, but a different html editor and system to upload to. Old fart digging the new fart options. :)

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