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What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:41 am
by Tsidkenu
G'day mates!

I'm JP from Sydney.

Well I must say that this introduction serves to prove that a complete and utter n00b like myself can even figure this out.

I have no experience in Linux, coding, programming or anything to do with computing except being a 20+ years a point and click Windows thrall. With all the updates to Win10 recently and Gates&Co furthering their agenda for complete technological domination of the human race, I decided it was finally time to stop umming and ahhing about whether or not to finally take the plunge into LINUX.

"Surely," I thought, "Linux can manage, without the windows bloatware, what is now my extremely limited computing life." Readings PDFs/docs, writing PDFs/docs, and internet browsing. I will probably add video editing to this list at a later date, but since that is also new to me I do not really care at the moment which program I end up using for that. As long as I can continue to read my collection of 6,500+ PDFs for my mythology research I don't really care about the rest.

After a visual survey of the relevant distros, I decided that MINT is possibly the closest to what I am used to with my now ex-Windows experience.

The installation instructions were daunting at first. I kept getting caught out with the fact that, when I run PowerShell on the folder, I need to enter the actual NAME of the iso file. After about half a dozen failures (file not found, confused?) I finally figured it out, renamed that stupidly long downloaded iso to something I could easily remember and type out in the command prompt (like LINUXMINT64) and it worked!

Then the resulting hash didn't agree with the SHA256.txt, so I had to figure out where to download a new one from. Thanks AAPTNet Aus, this one worked and agreed!

Followed the instructions to burn a Flash drive and here we are! Wow! That was a fun afternoon!

Thank you everyone for making this experience accessable to even a complete and utter newb.

Cheers,
JP.

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:49 am
by mikaelrask
hey Tsidkenu welcome to linux mint and the forum.

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:50 am
by kc1di
Hello JP,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums, enjoy the journey! :)

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:39 am
by Greencedar
Enjoyed your introduction. Welcome to the Linux Mint forum. :D

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:07 am
by erginemr
Tsidkenu wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:41 am
As long as I can continue to read my collection of 6,500+ PDFs for my mythology research I don't really care about the rest.
Hi JP, welcome among us!

For reading PDFs, you might find the default PDF reader xreader somewhat restricting, as it stuttered with heavy PDF files which had having background pictures for me. I have replaced it with evince (the one for gnome) which worked better with those. Other notable ones are mupdf (best one in terms of speed and compatibility, but has a bare-bones gui interface) and foxit (closed source). Take care. :)

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:02 pm
by deepakdeshp
Welcome to the Forum

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:36 pm
by Tsidkenu
erginemr wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:07 am
you might find the default PDF reader xreader somewhat restricting, as it stuttered with heavy PDF files which had having background pictures for me. I have replaced it with evince (the one for gnome) which worked better with those. Other notable ones are mupdf (best one in terms of speed and compatibility, but has a bare-bones gui interface) and foxit (closed source). Take care. :)
This is super helpful; thank you erginemr!

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:41 pm
by RIH
If you do a great deal of work with PDFs then Master PDF Editor is the program for you.
Version 5 is a paid for program if you need the latest.
Version 4 is free though & still available for download.

Select
http://code-industry.net/public/master- ... .amd64.deb
then just right mouse click on it to install with the GDebi package manager..

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:36 am
by phd21
Hi Tsidkenu,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:57 pm
by bob466
Welcome to the Forum. :D

Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:23 pm
by absque fenestris
As long as I can continue to read my collection of 6,500+ PDFs for my mythology research I don't really care about the rest.
Two more suggestions for the professional PDF reader: "Okular" with the additional modules and the WPS package. Together with the suggestions of the forum members above, you should also be able to read the most impossible PDF ...


https://www.wps.com/linux/

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Re: What an exciting journey!

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:50 pm
by deepakdeshp
Welcome to the Forum