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    Been trying the newest Linux Mint Operating system

    So got an older computer from Mother in law shes 84 and going into an assisted living center


    It has only 4 Gb of Ram a 500 gig HD and a sucky AMD processor equal to a Celeron in speed
    windows 10 was loaded on it and it was so slow many programs would not work or would seize

    Figured it was a great way to test The newest Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon release..

    It is totally free as are all the programs. free office programs , email programs, graphics programs ect
    loads quickly. loaded all the drivers for printer, monitor, network, ect, ect automatically
    even connecting to email server took 3 clicks and it found all the setting itself

    so far have not found anything I cant do that we were doing on Win 10
    The Desktop/menus as configured looks like Window XP/7 but its easy to make it look like Win 10 desktop if you want

    Must say I am impressed..
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    I have both Mint and Ubuntu. I like Ubuntu better, but that is probably because I have been using it longer.
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    I use Red Hat but that is partly due to CentOS being the flavor of choice at work for servers so having the open source desktop version that is close to the production one simplifies my life.

    Linux Mint Hmmm - Linux is the best way to take and old computer and set it up to do what the majority of people do with a computer and do it well. I have 2 I was planning to set up, capture a disk image for restoring and pass on to family members that tend to break computers a lot. Eventually get tired of asking "now what did I say about downloading screen saver programs from internet advertisements?" Being able to just blow a disk image back in and re-boot is wonderful. Three click wizard sounds pretty good too.

    How is Mint on finding drivers in laptops? Anyone know? That was a place Ubuntu thrived as I recall.
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    Where is the best (i.e. safest) place to download Linux Mint? What version should I be looking for?...TIA
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    Quote Originally Posted by pertnear View Post
    Where is the best (i.e. safest) place to download Linux Mint? What version should I be looking for?...TIA
    https://www.linuxmint.com/ Kind of the OFFICAL Linux Mint page
    The newest is Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon release.. This is a long term support release till at least 2021
    Next version is 19 (in beta testing right now) and its supposed to be supported till 2023
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    "How is Mint on finding drivers in laptops? Anyone know? That was a place Ubuntu thrived as I recall. "
    I don't know about Mint on laptops, but Ubuntu had all of them for 2 of my old XP laptops. They work better now than when they were on XP. Make an image to be able to restore if needed, then try Mint. I bet it will work fine.
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    Mint is just Ubuntu with better desktops and UI choices, so driver support is just fine.
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    Just plugged in an old HP printer/scanner from 2008 .. rebooted computer ..It automatically uploaded all the drivers .. works like a charm
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    I been telling y'all the virtues of LM for a couple years now. It is the easiest escape from Win10 on the planet!

    No OS is without it's quirks and faults, and Linux has them too but they aren't nearly as annoying as M$.

    You can download Linux Mint Cinnamon and install it on a machine and someone that has never seen linux before will be running it in minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke4320 View Post
    so far have not found anything I cant do that we were doing on Win 10

    Must say I am impressed..
    I found one BIG THING that I can't do in Linux Mint that I did all the time in Win10... CURSE IT!! For real, 95% of me cussing at the 'puter doesn't happen anymore..
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    As the old saying goes you can lead a horse to water but you cant make him drink..

    It will take me a while to become real comfortable with mint but so far I am highly impressed

    The big kicker for me is that Linux has much less virus exposure ..
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    I may have to set up a virtual machine running Linux on my NAS. The software it runs on is already Linux based. And I canít say Iím really impressed. Itís really stripped down and serves its purpose so Iím assuming a full blown version of Linux will be just what I need. Especially if I can remote into it and manage my drives like Iím connected to them at home. Canít currently do this.

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    Recently I downloaded Ubuntu on my current machine. I found it easy to use, works just fine, but I have to start all over. It won't find any of my Windows files. I can email a file to myself, then boot Ubuntu and download the file, and work on it. But I can't access my files directly. Is there a way to do this?

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    Thanks for the post. I have always hated Windows 10, so I have stuck with Windows 7. I haven't tried any of the latest flavors of linux. The last time I tried using it was prolly 10 years ago and it was a pain...gonna try it again now. Thanks again.
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    How are you running Ubuntu? Is it installed as a dual boot or running as a virtual machine?
    If it is a VM, youíll have to map your real drive to the virtual machine.
    If youíre dual booting you might need to mount the drive to view the files


    Quote Originally Posted by Tatume View Post
    Recently I downloaded Ubuntu on my current machine. I found it easy to use, works just fine, but I have to start all over. It won't find any of my Windows files. I can email a file to myself, then boot Ubuntu and download the file, and work on it. But I can't access my files directly. Is there a way to do this?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatume View Post
    Recently I downloaded Ubuntu on my current machine. I found it easy to use, works just fine, but I have to start all over. It won't find any of my Windows files. I can email a file to myself, then boot Ubuntu and download the file, and work on it. But I can't access my files directly. Is there a way to do this?
    You may have to manually edit your fstab to make sure the partition containing the windows files is mounted. Ubuntu will read NTFS and FAT32 file systems, but if it doesn't mount the partition, it won't show up in Ubuntu.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mo...dowsPartitions
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    Linux still using KDE? Biggest problem was for me the DOS, Make sure you have a backup as a disk crash could be difficult for full recovery. Yup, have to mount the partitions correctly. I used it on thumb drive so only data was on the HD, worked pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popper View Post
    Linux still using KDE? Biggest problem was for me the DOS, Make sure you have a backup as a disk crash could be difficult for full recovery. Yup, have to mount the partitions correctly. I used it on thumb drive so only data was on the HD, worked pretty well.
    KDE is a dinosaur. There are much better GUI for linux these days.
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    Again, thanks guys. I needed a "boost" to get back interested in Linux. I never had anyone help me out with it and always got frustrated with the exact things you are discussing. ...like not reading the Windows partitions. This is encouraging.
    For those who do not know...
    Linux is far far more efficient. This translates to being able to use the older computers that will be too slow for Windows 10 and even 7. If you have an older computer, laptop or PC, that was just too slow, chances are that a Linux install will allow you to be able to use it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    Again, thanks guys. I needed a "boost" to get back interested in Linux. I never had anyone help me out with it and always got frustrated with the exact things you are discussing. ...like not reading the Windows partitions. This is encouraging.
    For those who do not know...
    Linux is far far more efficient. This translates to being able to use the older computers that will be too slow for Windows 10 and even 7. If you have an older computer, laptop or PC, that was just too slow, chances are that a Linux install will allow you to be able to use it again.
    Well, what M$ is doing is dropping support for classes of hardware across the board. There is no longer support for older GeForce video cards, once 10 updates they won't work anymore, same with chipsets on the motherboard, updates fail, things run terribly, and they are doing this to cause consumers to go out and buy new hardware so they can run windows. This makes M$ happy because it keeps the hardware manufacturers in business, its a conspiracy, one hand greases the other with YOUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS!

    This is the best reason in the world to get away from Microsoft, and you use the same hardware windows chokes on, and it runs beautifully for years and years to come with Linux..
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    My wife has an old HP laptop sitting in the closet. I may try it if I dare. I'm not so good at doing things like that......
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