So far I haven't been disappointed. Most things worked right out of the box. It even instantly recognized my vintage printer. I took a couple of hours to install a newer Ruby version than the one that comes with the download centre (actually the challenge wasn't installing it, but making it available system-wide) and to teach my NTFS data partition (shared with Windows) to find the trash. And at one point I seem to have killed the boot manager and needed to reinstall it from the DVD to get back into the system. There was some other tweaking necessary and some things need getting used to, but with the help of the many excellent tutorials and discussions on the internet nothing presented any real problems so far, and I am fairly certain I will become a happy Linux user with some practice.
The only thing that makes me wonder is that the desktop takes a really long time to load. I have Win7 and Linux Mint side by side on the SSD and can compare directly. From the boot selection screen, Windows takes 17 seconds to load. With Linux it's 40 to 50 seconds of staring at a black screen. In comparison, this feels like ages. It's certainly not a deal breaker, but I wonder if there's anything I may be doing wrong, or anything I could do to speed the loading up? I read quite a number of tips and discussions on this issue, and while others too mentioned rather long loading times, mine seems excessive.
Here is a snapshot of the system as per inxi. (I hope I am doing this the right way). I would appreciate any suggestions.
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System: Host: Officinalis Kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Cinnamon 2.6.8 Distro: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Machine: Mobo: ASRock model: H87 Performance Bios: American Megatrends version: P1.50 date: 07/03/2013 CPU: Quad core Intel Xeon CPU E3-1240 v3 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB Clock Speeds: 1: 3452.992 MHz 2: 2507.765 MHz 3: 2005.070 MHz 4: 3223.226 MHz 5: 3509.703 MHz 6: 3404.250 MHz 7: 3638.398 MHz 8: 3520.726 MHz CPU Flags: abm acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush cmov constant_tsc cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts eagerfpu epb ept erms est f16c flexpriority fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr hle ht ida invpcid lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor movbe msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pts rdrand rdtscp rep_good rtm sep smep smx ss sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVE4 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Audio: Card-1: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Card-2: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Card-3: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 driver: USB Audio Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-38-generic Network: Card: Intel Ethernet Connection I217-V driver: e1000e IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 2740.6GB (21.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Crucial_CT240M50 size: 240.1GB 2: id: /dev/sdb model: ST2000DM001 size: 2000.4GB 3: USB id: /dev/sdc model: 5000BMV_External size: 500.1GB Partition: ID: / size: 29G used: 5.2G (20%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 9.3G used: 1009M (12%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 12.88GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 31.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 38.0 Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 213 Uptime: 1:18 Memory: 804.5/7904.3MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17