Pretty darn impressed - so far...

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Pretty darn impressed - so far...

Postby Hooper » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:41 pm

Hello from a first time Linux user here and I think Mint may fill the bill for me!

My mane is Charlie and I've only been playing with Linux for a short while now. I got my first computer in 2000, a Dell with a P3 running Win 98SE which I finally replaced in 2011 with the used Dell I'm running now - XP Pro on a P4, 1GB RAM. I'm no computer guru, so whatever I replace Windoze with had better be pretty intuitive. (Which btw, is probably where most Windoze users are at. lol)

I'm totally tired of maintaining the OS with the laborious M$ updates, keeping the anti-malware pgms up to date, constantly running cleanup software to clean up the mess Windoze leaves in it's wake, etc, etc...

After doing some research and contemplating various distros of Linux (Of which there are waaay too many btw, lol) I tried Zorin OS 6.1 - but couldn't get it to run live from a USB (External HDD or 8GB Flash) or a direct install to the external USB. So tried Zorin Lite, which ran well live but only "sort of ran" on a full install - go figure? On to Ubuntu... Which did seem to install the live version, but was totally unusable, slow & hanging - which was OK 'cause I didn't much care for the interface anyway - Which brings us to Mint (Mate Nadia)

This OS seems [to me] to be everything Windoze always wished it could've been, but somehow never achieved! (Multiple workspaces, the mouse buffer copy features and general responsiveness in Linux to mention a few. And the Mint main menu is way cool, no more desktop cluttered with icons - NICELY DONE!)

The User Guide is one of the most informative, comprehensive, and well written I've ever seen - BRAVO!!! :D (I only wish there were a Part II - Getting into Linux Mint? Any chance we can get that guy writing again? :wink:)

I do have some concerns however... So I guess I'll be seeing some of you over in the newbies section.

Bottom line though is I think Mint is a GREAT distro and many thanks to all those responsible! And if we can get some inconsistencies ironed out, or at least get ALL the info one needs to actually use the system in ONE place - it'll surely be the beach for the masses that aren't willing to give up their old hardware, or their hard earned cash (for the next big thing [that won't work right] from M$) to land on next year when XP support ends.

Geeze that was a mouthful. Sorry for being long-winded.
Dell Optiplex GX260 Desktop
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(2) 80 GB IDE HDD (1-Mint, 1-XP PRO)
Intel 82845G Video adpt.
Dell 22" LCD Monitor
HP Deskjet 932c Printer.......................................Yeah, I'm a dinosaur ;)

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Re: Pretty darn impressed - so far...

Postby catweazel » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:41 am

Hooper wrote:Geeze

G'day, cobber.
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Re: Pretty darn impressed - so far...

Postby The-Wizard » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:35 am

Welcome to the Mint family forums

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.

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Re: Pretty darn impressed - so far...

Postby jesica » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:15 am

Good day and welcome to the Linux Mint Forum :mrgreen:

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Re: Pretty darn impressed - so far...

Postby xenopeek » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:53 pm

Hi Charlie, thanks for the nice introduction :D Have fun with Linux Mint and welcome aboard!

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