Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by Inundated » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:59 pm

Moem wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:54 am
Thinkpad? Join the club!
Nah, it's a ThinkCentre M83 desktop. Got it really cheap from a computer learning charity, and them already having Linux Mint on it pushed me over the buying line...

I'll figure out the laptop later.
DESKTOP: Lenovo ThinkCentre M83 SFF (replacing Dell Dimension 8400) - Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon
LAPTOP: Dell Latitude E6400 - Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon primary, Windows 10 dual boot

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by shmickcomputer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:31 am

Mint (19.1 Cinnamon) strikes me as currently the best Linux distro (from those that I've tried). Of course, this is very much a personal opinion. I also use Ubuntu Studio (current 18.10), because of the low latency kernel. I use Windows 7/10 for work (that's what my customers use - I do IT support). Don't much like MacOS, and Apple's approach in general (I know there are good sides to it... but still.)

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by Scaleyback_65 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:55 am

Moem wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:54 am
Skalman wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Finaly when I discovered the Mint 17.3 I was sold. At home.
You and me, both!
Scaleyback_65 wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:43 am
I bought a dinky 6 year Lenovo i5 X240 for not a lot of money, as a back up
Dinky? My daily driver is a X201. I wouldn't call that dinky. Instead, I'd use terms like 'rock solid'. It runs Cinnamon just fine.
Inundated wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:48 am
I just bought a used computer, a Lenovo i5
Thinkpad? Join the club!
The X240 has a 12" screen, it's dinky compared to my HP Pavilion which has a 15" screen, it's more like a netbook, but better built. I don't have a problem with it's size at all, I like it, it's ideal for travel when you want a fully functioning computer without the size and weight, the battery life is a plus too.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by Moem » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:06 am

Scaleyback_65 wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:55 am
The X240 has a 12" screen, it's dinky compared to my HP Pavilion which has a 15" screen, it's more like a netbook, but better built. I don't have a problem with it's size at all, I like it
My X201 is the same size and I pretty much live in that. In fairness, I'm of a rather compact build size, myself...
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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by Scaleyback_65 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:14 am

Moem wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:06 am
Scaleyback_65 wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:55 am
The X240 has a 12" screen, it's dinky compared to my HP Pavilion which has a 15" screen, it's more like a netbook, but better built. I don't have a problem with it's size at all, I like it
My X201 is the same size and I pretty much live in that. In fairness, I'm of a rather compact build size, myself...
It's all about what best fits your needs really, as a keen photographer I prefer a larger size screen for working on images, for travel and a backup these little Thinkpads are great. I use a 14" T450 for work, if my main laptop ever fails I'll be replacing it with something similar, but definitely a Thinkpad, they're the Volvo of the laptop world, and I say that as a Volvo owner.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by nebiwo » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:17 am

For years I've been trying to switch from Windows to GNU/Linux but I always end up back at Windows due to various reasons. But I really do want to learn GNU/Linux because it is so reliable, customizable, owned by us and not a corporation, plus it's fun to tinker around and learn new stuff. I choose Mint because of its stability, vast community-support and I think Mint is a good distro for someone who got limited knowledge of the GNU/Linux OS. :)

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by OhioJB » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:13 pm

Back when support for Windows XP ended I needed to either pay to upgrade or find an alternative. Had recalled hearing about Linux and thought it was a pretty neat project so I researched it. Ended up starting with Ubuntu but I didn't like the icons being on the side and it also seemed to lack installed things. I had to find out how to add my printer, for example. I searched around and noticed Mint was popular so gave Mint Cinnamon a try. Very easy to install, my old Dell PC had no bugs using it, and it had everything I needed, including my printer being recognized right away. Also liked the professional way it looked, and the way it still looks. I've enjoyed using it.

Just out of curiosity I've tried other distros and none worked well with my PC. They were buggy, and some were too complicated to install for someone not comfortable selecting partitions. The occasional time or two I did get something up and seemingly working halfway decently it would start getting buggy or slow. Part of that could have been my old PC, don't know, but there were issues I never had with Ubuntu or Mint.

Actually plan on playing around with other distros again to experiment if I can get that old PC working again. Expecting a new hard drive in the mail tomorrow, hoping that fixes the issue I'm having. If it does I'll read through the distros at distrowatch to see if anything looks interesting. Would like to build a distro of my own but it's beyond my scope of understanding this 'stuff'. Plus, there are plenty out there to experiment with.

Bought a new HP laptop and have to say I do not like Windows 10, and quite frankly don't like the HP laptop itself either. Purchased it online. Also bought the heavily overpriced Microsoft software expecting more than I received. Believe I got three pieces of software for $99, Excel and two others. Never again. Thinking about adding Mint as a dual boot on that laptop but considering the issues I'm having trying to upgrade from 17.3 to 19.1 on my old Toshiba laptop on a dual boot with Windows 7 I'm wary of doing so. I will be checking out virtual machines to see if it can be used on Windows 10 with my processor. If so maybe I'll use that instead.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

Post by AndyMH » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:12 pm

I will be checking out virtual machines to see if it can be used on Windows 10 with my processor
Running win7 in a VM on two Thinkpad T430's, one has an i7-3632 the other an i5-3320. Both run win quite happily and mainly used for office 2016 (excel & word).
Homebrew i5-8400+GTX1080 Cinnamon 19.0, Thinkpad T430 i7-3632 Cinnamon 19.0, Thinkpad T420 Cinnamon 18.3, Thinkpad T410 Cinnamon 17.3, Thinkpad T60 19.0 Mate

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