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Old 20. Apr 2013, 11:54 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Congratulations on taking the Linux plunge
I too was expecting some complicated thing for Geeks only when I first tried Linux. Things have improved greatly since my first try around 5 years ago. I now believe Linux is ready for prime time and expect Microsoft will be seeing a steady decline in the market.

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Other than playing games that don't run well on Linux, I may never go back to windows again.
You maybe surprised of how well Wine can run many games. You might want to take a look HERE to find out how to set up games and application using wine.

For now enjoy your new operating system and explore how things work. There are a ton of Linux forums (some better than others) that can help you on your way. Personally I like linuxquestions.org however there are many others (such as this one) that are also good.

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Old 21. Apr 2013, 06:57 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Another thing-rather small and insignificant-was discovering that I could name my 'start' or 'menu' button what I wanted to name it! So I don't have a menu at the bottom left hand corner, I have La Menu instead, for my own amusement.
I go one stage further than this and use a Windows icon for it too! Windows.png

I'm pleased you found the overall experience so positive. A few weeks back I made a real effort to boot into my Windows partition more often but security issues and all those extraneous services swallowing up my bandwidth soon brought me back to Mint.
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Old 21. May 2013, 01:21 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I just think it's great to have so much choice, and all for free.

Naturally we will all have our favorites although recommending these to others is a bit of a blind exercise sometimes without having prior knowledge of their system hardware and other requirements. I'm always conscious of this and try to recommend products that are pretty cross-system friendly although this can vary release by release. The latest Mageia for instance installs fine into a live session up to the desktop appearing on my new PC and then just gives a fuzzy screen. This is no doubt NVIDIA related.

I find that Puppy and Puppy derivatives are an ideal choice although many users new to Linux could have issues trying to set up their network connection, especially if they use DSL and/or mobile broadband.
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Old 21. May 2013, 05:08 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I have sure learned a lot from this thread. I'm getting a new computer and may add a hdd to try linux. I've noticed many of you like Mint. What are your thoughts about Ubuntu?
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Even the smallest standard HDD these days is quite capable of supporting dual booted systems (Windows/Linux) unless you have an absolute ton of data so you could always consider this as an alternative to adding more hardware just for Linux.

"What are your thoughts about Ubuntu?" is a loaded question these days. Some people like the Unity desktop but many others do not (me included), nor do they find it that easy to work with. Although Ubuntu is still hugely popular, Mint IMO is considerably better. Luckily you can try them out with a live session first before deciding which one to install. I would just hold off for a while however as the V15 final of Mint is only a few days away. Their Cinnamon desktop in particular sees a lot of improvements but the current RC still has some bugs to be ironed out before the final release. Mint is also good for checking out the three main DE's (apart from Unity) in that you can run live sessions for Cinnamon, MATE and KDE that all share the same base. The KDE version 15 could be a little way behind Cinnamon and Mate however but as this is likely to just include a newer kernel and other updates, you could run the current V14 to see what you think to it. Mint 14 KDE is what I'm currently running myself and it's flawless.
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Old 27. May 2013, 03:07 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Even the smallest standard HDD these days is quite capable of supporting dual booted systems (Windows/Linux) unless you have an absolute ton of data so you could always consider this as an alternative to adding more hardware just for Linux.

"What are your thoughts about Ubuntu?" is a loaded question these days. Some people like the Unity desktop but many others do not (me included), nor do they find it that easy to work with. Although Ubuntu is still hugely popular, Mint IMO is considerably better. Luckily you can try them out with a live session first before deciding which one to install. I would just hold off for a while however as the V15 final of Mint is only a few days away. Their Cinnamon desktop in particular sees a lot of improvements but the current RC still has some bugs to be ironed out before the final release. Mint is also good for checking out the three main DE's (apart from Unity) in that you can run live sessions for Cinnamon, MATE and KDE that all share the same base. The KDE version 15 could be a little way behind Cinnamon and Mate however but as this is likely to just include a newer kernel and other updates, you could run the current V14 to see what you think to it. Mint 14 KDE is what I'm currently running myself and it's flawless.
Hi; Midnightcowboy can please tell me how good is Mint14KDE and if it's easy to comfig. the wireless card and does it have drivers ipc2200 card ?
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Hi; Midnightcowboy can please tell me how good is Mint14KDE and if it's easy to comfig. the wireless card and does it have drivers ipc2200 card ?
I personally have no way of knowing if these drivers will be included with Mint KDE or not. Looking at this, probably not, although they can be downloaded later. All I do know is that both of my own connection types are somewhat odd-ball and Mint sees them both. The best way to find out is to download a copy and run it as a live session.

On the plus side, Mint has one of the best support structures there is for Linux so posting on their forum in the event of a problem is more or less guaranteed to achieve a fix assuming one is possible.

On my system, Mint 14 KDE is faultless. The only other KDE distros I've found that come close to this are Zeven OS Neptune (Germany) and SuperX OS (India).

http://www.zevenos.com/download/zevenos-neptune-2
http://superxos.com/

Such opinions though will vary with other users and system configurations. Suffice to say you cannot really go wrong with Mint, no matter if you like the KDE, MATE, or Cinnamon desktop best.
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I bark, it is purfect for the whole range of uses.
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