Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by Dale_R » Tue May 21, 2019 9:14 pm

I've been using MickeySoft products since the early/mid-80s DOS 2.11 - 6.x, Windoze 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, XP, and 7. Increasing security problems and "Features" in later versions put me off Windows and I started looking for a replacement. Mint/Cinnamon offered the most nearly seamless transition from what I was used to. I'd tried some linux versions with CDE, which was also familiar to me via True64 Un*x and VMS, but Mint won out. After several years in use, I still have not had malware successfully attack my Mint system(s).

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by Swampthing » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:51 pm

I started using computers in the early 90's, with DOS 6.22 I think, and various Windows versions from 3.11 up to XP.
Then I bought an Iphone and Ipad and didn't use computers for several years, simply because my desktop with XP crashed all the time and I gave up on it + MS stopped supporting XP.
So I never used Windows 7 + 8 + 8.1 and never will.
A couple of years ago I was given a laptop with Win10 on it and I really didn't like Win10, something was off it didn't feel right to me.
Then later I found out about the spying and so on.
The forced updates never really bothered me because I didn't use the laptop that much.
Just the occasional web browsing and web banking.
Last year I bought an Imac and was, and still is, impressed with Mac OS, its not for all I know some like it, some don't.
I play in a band and make demos at home and read an article about Ubuntu Studio that some music producer uses daily.
So I installed that in a virtual box and wasn't really impressed.
But it got me interested in all the different distros, so I started reading and watching youtube videos about them and came across LM and was intrigued.
2 weeks ago, my mother-in-law gave me her old laptop and I installed LM on it and was really positively surprised over how easy it was to install and use.
So now I'm seriously considering wiping my Win10 laptop and install LM on that as well.
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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by dls84 70 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:53 am

I've been using Mint for many years, I installed it and stuck with it because it was easy to learn/use. It was refreshing that the Mint team didn't assume that every newbie would be willing to invest in a long learning curve. I have no doubt that because of Mint more people have switched to Linux and stayed with it.

PS I will admit I was a windows user for a long time in fact I liked windows 7 a lot but 10 totally turned me off it was mistake on my part to do the upgrade. That's when I took another look at Linux and found Mint and I haven't look back since.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by lsemmens » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:48 pm

Let's just hope that M$ doesn't read this thread. They might discover a theme here. Nobody likes W10.
Kernel: 4.15.0-46-generic x86_64 bits
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+ three other Mint machines
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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by ChrisClawson » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:21 pm

I installed Mint in a VM to dabble in Android and other types of programming. I used to use Ubuntu, but when they switched to Unity I didn't like it so I went looking for something else and found Mint.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by MurphCID » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:23 pm

OMG I AM SO FED UP WITH WINDOWS! It took me all afternoon to get my daughters laptop updated to the latest windows build. And my other daughters Dell G7 gaming laptop. Now I am working on my spouse unit's AMD Ryzen 7 laptop, and it is taking freaking forever! Pain, agony, despair, thy name is Microsoft.

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by progers » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:51 pm

I use Mint to work on open source projects. Mint has proven a wonderful balance:

* Linux core so that Docker, Hadoop, Eclipse and similar projects run as they were designed.
* Very nice UI for conveniences: like OSX (without the cost) or Windows 7 (without the annoyances of upgrading to Win10).
* Efficient: builds/tests run on my high-end desktop from 2011, with SSD, at least as fast as on my recent-vintage work Mac.

Have used plain Ubuntu from the terminal at work. Reminds me of the original Sun Unix experience. With Mint, I have that same power on my desktop, plus a great UI for all those non-dev tasks.

Windows was where it was at for decades. But over the last 10 years, all serious development shifted to Linux/OSX. Have been migrating the remaining Windows services to Mint. Great to do that on one box, with Mint able to access my HDFS drives. So far, it "just works."

For an open source developer, Mint can't be beat. Hat's off to the development team!

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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by BG405 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:57 pm

MurphCID wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:23 pm
It took me all afternoon to get my daughters laptop updated to the latest windows build. And my other daughters Dell G7 gaming laptop. Now I am working on my spouse unit's AMD Ryzen 7 laptop, and it is taking freaking forever! Pain, agony, despair, thy name is Microsoft.
I thought M$ had fixed the issues with the ridiculously slow updates! :roll: Thankfully these time-gobbling shenanigns are just a bad memory for me. :mrgreen:

@ progers: A warm welcome to the Linux Mint Forums! The quoted part of your post reminds me of a comment at the pub last week; "That looks like you are working with DOS!" .. I had several Terminal windows running stuff, as usual. I doubt she knows just how much more powerful a Linux terminal with BASH etc. is, compared to DOS. :mrgreen:
progers wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Have used plain Ubuntu from the terminal at work. Reminds me of the original Sun Unix experience. With Mint, I have that same power on my desktop, plus a great UI for all those non-dev tasks.
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Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?

Post by E1-Beard-0 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:37 pm

Greetings All,

I started with a Commodore 64 with a 5in drive and low baud rate modem. Old days indeed! My first extensive experience with Microsoft products was MS dos, I don't now remember the version. Where I worked at the time had various non-MS programs like Word Perfect etc. Then we got Windows something or other. That meant all new software. Then Windows 95 and all new software again. I don't now recall how often the cycle repeated but it was often enough that I was thoroughly disgusted. I met a person who was involved with computers and that person suggested Linux.

I started with Redhat before they forked with Fedora. I switched Linux distro's several times and had pretty well settled with Ubuntu. At the time I didn't know that it would have been possible to switch GUI's, but as I'd gotten rather feed up with the way I perceived Ubuntu's GUI getting more crowded and more Windows like, I started to look for a disto with a less cluttered look. I found Linux Mint at least ten years ago and haven't looked back. I use the Xfce GUI and have learned how to keep the desktop uncluttered, the only folder on the desktop being the home folder!

I still have a Windows 10 machine, which I almost never use these days, seems every time I do use it I'm getting an update and the almost expected Windows hijinks that often result from a Windows update.

Respectfully yours, Massively ignorant.

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