Goodbye Vista & Windows 7. Hello Linux Mint!

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Yay, hardware support is increasing all the time, and it's great to hear another success story. Mint does maintain a tool (mintWifi) designed to use ndiswrapper to help a larger number of wireless cards work.
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I had problems getting my wireless working on my HP laptop under Windows XP. I was messing around with different drivers for ages. And yet it worked with Mint straight away. Pretty impressive.
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I was using LinuxMint as my day-to-day computer OS.
I created my own problems, after stupidly deleting my Network Manager, and losing any and all internet connections.

I had to go back to Windows Vista for a short while, then I started using my 3rd OS and booted up Ubuntu 9.04.
Nothing wrong with 'buntu but it's not Mint.

I quickly re-installed my LinuxMint 7 . . . and again, it 'just works' :mrgreen:
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I re-partitioned my entire computer . . . gave the whole 1 Terabyte to LinuxMINT - 7.

I had Windows Vista and Ubuntu with a small portion to LinuxMINT. Mint has changed my life!

I changed an used Mint for a couple weeks. Being an Architect, I am on the PC a lot.
I love the LinuxMint/Gnome desktop and even found a better CAD program comparible to AutoCAD.
And it didn't cost me 3500$ . . . it was FREE!!
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use Wine, it works well with e-sword and photshop
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my scanner also do not work, and I have no idea how to connect my phone to use the internet with my cable
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Please post those issues in separate topics in the hardware section.
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I have been trying different version of Linux for many years and for a while used Mandriva but hardware issues eventually put an end to it. So when I recently tried Linux Mint I had a shock. I installed it on my Laptop and it recognized all the hardware right down to the extra multimedia keys with NO input from me. I then installed on a desktop PC same result all recognized even, (shock horror) my multi purpose printer scanner. To sum it up Linux Mint just works ! Better and easier than an XP install. This is the very thing that is needed to go "toe to toe" with Windows.

I just can't see any good reason to spend money on Windows 7, (I have tried the RC1 ) when Linux Mint does it all. Just to maintain access to some of my old Serif Page Plus docs I have install XP in the Sun Virtual Box which runs well.

So yes for me its , Goodbye Vista & Windows 7. Hello Linux Mint!
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Experienced with DOS, WIN, NT & XP over many years, I tried to switch to Ubuntu 3 years ago mainly due to the LiveCD concept.Besides the LiveCD (perused as windows tool), Ubuntu couldn't convince me (and especially my family members) to a full switchover.
When I came across Mint Gloria, with all its implemented codecs, functionality and fantastic look and feel, I finally made the 100% switch (at least privately). I don't need XP anymore, because MInt is so much more!

Never could create pdf-documents with windows because my company didn't want to pay the overpriced license, all this wasted time for reinstalling XP, or risking malware with (keygened) software ...

Thank you Mint team! And if you are old school:

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You defitlity moved in the correct direction. Welcome to Mint. Great forum.

I bought a laptop with Vista Basic some months ago. After using it for about three hours, I replaced Vista with Mint 7. Not having used Windows for nearly five years, I found out again how complex Windows is to deal with.
My stepson bought the identical laptop from Walmart a couple months before me and really wishes he had his XP laptop again. It was not as bad as Vista. Vista has a way of annoying him at times. Still cannot convince him to try Mint.
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If you are a good software techie, you most probably can handle Windows with little issues. Most Windows users cannot.

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Congrats on moving to Mint. I am going to say a couple of things though. I use Linux for pretty much everything. Have for a couple of years. But if you have the HDD space why not let Windows reside on it for when you do need it. I personally use it for games. Yes, you can use Wine to run games but it's a heck of a lot easier to run it natively on Windows. Especially like new games (Aion anyone?). I say use all the OS's you can. It' good to be well versed in them.
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I haven't given up windows completely but everyyear it gets closer and closer.

I've tried Ubuntu but didn't like the layout & didn't find it user friendly at all. Then I found Freespire (RIP) built on Ubuntu and it rocked and now Linux Mint, which is even better than FS. Love the Mint menu, hardware support, compiz etc.

IMHO I think M7 rivals Vista and win7. Great GUI, 3D effects but even better it flies on my Dell box with only 512Mb RAM, Vista crawls on a 1Gb (actually bouoght a Vista laptop last year but it was so much slower than Freespire & winXP on 1Gb that I sold it on straight away).

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I too am new to any version of Linux, my first encounter was at the advice of friend, I need to recover files from a dead Windows system. I was told to try running a live Linux CD. I downloaded a copy on Mint 7, burned to a disc & used it to boot the laptop. Within a minute or so of starting up Mint 7 found all of the hardware & was even able to connect to my wireless network. It took a few minutes to figure out where the files I wanted were, I was able to copy all to a usb hdd. Decided Mint 7 was a keeper. I have this in a dual boot with Vista, there were issues with that, (problem posted elswhere).
I don't know if this will ever be able to completely replace Windows; at least not in the commerical market, I think they are just too entrenched with both software & hardware manufacturers. Most companies don't want to have to re-train employees on new computer systems.
For home users, this just maybe the answer that budget minded consumers are looking for. I priced it out, I can build a respectable system with decent performance, all of the applications any high school or college student would need for under 500.00, a comparable Windows system with those applications would be well over 1000.00. Hmmm, Christmas is coming, nice gift for the grandkids!
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I agree that Linux MINT can easily take on Windows and is ready for wide home user adoption. The main obstacle to wide adoption in the part of the world I live in is that Windows here is almost "open source" by that I mean pirate version of windows can be bought openly in supermarkets ect for a 1 or 2 $ and as a result many people I know just consider windows to be in effect free ! This in my opinion has hurt LINUX, (and probably helped Microsoft), if people had actually pay for Windows then they may be forced to try LINUX and find out just how good it is and never look back. The same goes for Open Office why on earth would anyone pay for Mircrosoft Office when Open Office can do the same for free.
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colinkhalid wrote: The same goes for Open Office why on earth would anyone pay for Mircrosoft Office when Open Office can do the same for free.
Because open office is c r a p compared to MS office, there is NO way many businesses will convert over to open office as it feels, not only slow, but god damn frustrating to use compared to ms office.

i have used both versions, open source and ms office for many years and basically ms version of office suites walks all over the open office version hands down. office 07 i find frustrating as the layout is not very user friendly, but theres a simple free down load that converts the layout to look and function the same way as office 03.

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While I agree that open Office isn't MS Office it isn't exactly crap either. I have Office 2000 on my desktop at home, to me it's almost the perfect office suite. I have Office 2003 at work, to me it's a bit confusing. My new laptop came with Office 2007 pre-installed (90 day demo) to me that is worse than any of them. I tried Open Office about a year ago, while it takes a little getting used to, for the average student, home user or small business it's great. And in today's economy you need to cut expenses as much as possible. To be able to save several hundred dollars I am willing to make the adjustment. I run a small computer repair service on a part-time basis and it does everything I need, it will open Word & Excel files and also save files in those formats, in case you need to share them. You can also convert documents to PDF files, readable to anyone with Acrobat Reader. For me it has worked just fine.
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The description CRAP for open office seems to lack the technical details that might enlighten me as why it is "frustrating to use". :D . Interested to read some specifics.
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I like Open Office. I wish it didn't try to make you register on install (it does on Windows, its usually installed by default in Linux!), but Office Writer does everything I want, and exports to PDF. I save everything as a PDF, and just email those. Everyone can print what I send and it will look exact. That's not true of any version of MS Office, across time, etc..
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rhY wrote:I like Open Office. I wish it didn't try to make you register on install (it does on Windows, its usually installed by default in Linux!), but Office Writer does everything I want, and exports to PDF. I save everything as a PDF, and just email those. Everyone can print what I send and it will look exact. That's not true of any version of MS Office, across time, etc..
I honestly don't mind. As a matter of fact, if Mint made it optional (On first boot of install), to register, that'd be fine. I simply mean in mintAssistant or whatever pops on first boot, there was an option to put your name, optional email address, and if you're a registered member on the forums, your handle. This could just give an approximate amount of users. (Even if friends give it to friends, etc.)
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rhY wrote:I like Open Office. I wish it didn't try to make you register on install (it does on Windows, its usually installed by default in Linux!), but Office Writer does everything I want, and exports to PDF. I save everything as a PDF, and just email those. Everyone can print what I send and it will look exact. That's not true of any version of MS Office, across time, etc..
It also gives you an option not to register last time I checked, which was OO3.0
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