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Mint for life

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:25 am
by 0ddity
Hello Mint Community! I have been dabbling with Linux since High School in the late 90s starting with Red Hat. When I experienced the beauty of KDE, and the customization of Gnome, compared to vanilla Windows 95/98 and early MacOS I'd grown up with, I was always ready to convert. Once I had my own computer, I'd install this distro, or that one, always hoping it would be a functional replacement for Windows. I went through countless distros over the years, SUSE, Lindows/Linspire, Fedora, Gentoo, Crunchbang, DSL, Mandriva, Ubuntu, etc, and while I had fun tinkering with then, I just couldn't justify switching. Either there were hardware support issues, lack of features, too steep a learning curve, or whatever, there was always something preventing me from making the switch. That changed when I got the Linux itch again and found Linux Mint, and I downloaded the latest version, LM 10 RC. I couldn't believe it. No hardware support issues, stability, gentle learning curve, and great community support.
https://youtu.be/ljku54x1GqA (video of my first LM installation)

That was six years ago, and I'm still chugging along with Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon, and loving it. I still try out new distros in VirtualBox and on a spare HDD, but nothing yet has given me any excuse to switch. Besides my own laptop, I installed Mint 18.1 XFCE on what my family considered a garbage computer that nobody used any more, an old Dell XP box with a Pentium D and 1GB of ram, and that once useless machine is zipping along as a YouTube/browser games/educational machine for my 8yo son, and now has many years more of life in it. Many thanks to Clem, the dev team, community contributors and the whole LM community, for the Linux Mint experience! :D

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:44 am
by kc1di
Get testimonial. Encouraging to hear - Thanks for sharing :)

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:46 am
by MintBean
Yup, I still try other distros. Always end up back with the old faithful minty one.

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:22 pm
by The Old Timer
Can't say I'll always be Mint for life.

I can say I'll always use Linux. 8)

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 2:06 am
by Jim Hauser
I too have run the gauntlet of distros starting with Open Suse way back in the 3.5 inch disk days. For some reason I kept going back to Windows. I didn't like Windows, I just didn't think there were any other good options. I was very impressed with Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon and kept a copy in the drawer. When XP dropped support I knew it was time to change. That was three years ago this summer. I ended up running the KDE version from 17.0 to 18.1 and have no intention of changing that trend. New software, new hardware and loving every minute of it! Mint could well be the last OS I will ever use.

Cheers!

Jim

P.S. It was this forum that kept me alive...

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 6:03 pm
by wxboss
Being a new Linux user myself, my first Linux install was Mint Cinnamon. I did some research before installing it, and I've tried some other distros that appealed to me, but Mint just has all of what I'm looking for. I think it is a good overall, well-rounded distro which I plan on sticking with.

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:47 am
by all41
Mint for life
Using Mint is not a matter of life and death--it's more important than that.

Re: Mint for life

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 3:06 am
by jimallyn
all41 wrote:Using Mint is not a matter of life and death--it's more important than that.
+1