I would "second" the motion, but it's already been seconded, thirded, four-hundred-and-fourty-fifth'd, etc., so I guess I will just have to get in line behind everyone else. . . .
There are so very many people I could thank here, (xenopeek, inknife, and the poor sod who's trying to implement snap-to-grid in Cinnamon, come to mind), that were I to thank all of them by name, I would surely be testing the phBB software for buffer-overrun vulnerabilities! So, I guess I will have to thank everyone by group.
If I, in my inadvertent stupidity or thoughtlessness, missed anyone - accept both my heartfelt thanks and my apologies.
First and foremost:
I recognize and acknowledge an everlasting debt to Clem, as well as the entire dev and QA teams that work long hours on the Herculean task of producing, maintaining, and supporting what is, (IMHO), the single best distro out there. From my very limited vantage point, I can understand that creating and maintaining a distro of ANY
size is a non-trivial task. Maintaining the likes of Linux Mint requires super-human dedication. Their efforts on my behalf are both humbling and gratefully appreciated.
If you wish, you can read about my initial experience and how thrilled I was with Linux Mint on my blog:
http://www.qatechtips.com/2013/03/all-h ... linux.html
We should also recognize, appreciate, and be thankful for the time, effort, and cost that goes into mirroring a distribution of any kind. Especially those mirrors who allow high-speed downloads of the distributions. Time, equipment, and bandwidth are money - and I wish there was a way for us to buy THEM
a beer or two.
It is no exaggeration to say that Mint would not be what it is today without these fora.
(a) The various forum maintainers
I have moderated various fora in the past. I have SYSOP'd several dial-up BBS's prior to the proliferation of the Internet - including one of the very first trans-Atlantic networks, (using an 8-bit Atari!), and I know precisely how much of a balls-up, headache, and Fuster-Cluck maintaining something like this can be. They are patient, kind, responsible, and put up with all of us, more than we can possibly deserve.
Obviously one of two things is true: Either they're trying for sainthood, or they get better drugs than we do!
(b) Those who participate in these fora
No forum, no distribution, no effort by anyone involved with this distribution would be worth a damn if it were not for YOU
. You who come here and look for help or advice; your own questions have helped me more than you can possibly imagine or I could thank you for. Your answers are a shining beacon that has helped me find my way.
The users of Linux Mint:
No distribution goes anywhere, or does anything, without the dedication and support of its users. It is they who make all the work done worthwhile. It is they who support us when the &^%$#@!!! hits the electric fan, and maintain their trust even when we let them down.
Those who helped make Linux what it is today:
It is impossible to ignore those who went before us, who hacked their way through almost impenetrable jungle, who turned a hostile wilderness and dusty wagon-trails into the 20-lane superhighway we enjoy today. Linus and the Kernel Dev team, The Free Software Foundation, the GNU developers, Apache, and everyone else who contributed to make Linux what it is today deserves our utmost respect and thanks.
For this, and everything else that we enjoy, I am most humbly grateful.
What say ye?