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Just installed this on my home PC to check it out. Sof far, I like it ... tried the latest flavor of Ubuntu ... don't care for it at all..

Wondering who else is using Linux here, what "flavor", how long you been using it, pros/cons, anything... and specifically, if you use Mint.


FWIW, I've been in the computer/IT field since 1987. Been experimenting with various flavors of Linux since appx 1999 and have used Open SuSe as a network file server in a Microsoft Windows Domain using Win Server domain controllers and Active Directory. (Just thought I'd throw this in)
 

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Just installed this on my home PC to check it out. Sof far, I like it ... tried the latest flavor of Ubuntu ... don't care for it at all..

Wondering who else is using Linux here, what "flavor", how long you been using it, pros/cons, anything... and specifically, if you use Mint.


FWIW, I've been in the computer/IT field since 1987. Been experimenting with various flavors of Linux since appx 1999 and have used Open SuSe as a network file server in a Microsoft Windows Domain using Win Server domain controllers and Active Directory. (Just thought I'd throw this in)
I put Ubuntu on my mother's PC. It was mine and the hard drive died. It was a Dell and they had some proprietary hard drive that worked with the Windows disc they provided. Disc wouldn't load on a generic hard drive.

I think it's a really nice system. It has everything 99% of the population would ever need and it's all free and what I've tried of it works pretty darn well. But who uses PCs anymore?
 

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I put Ubuntu on my mother's PC. It was mine and the hard drive died. It was a Dell and they had some proprietary hard drive that worked with the Windows disc they provided. Disc wouldn't load on a generic hard drive.

I think it's a really nice system. It has everything 99% of the population would ever need and it's all free and what I've tried of it works pretty darn well. But who uses PCs anymore?
Dell ... proprietary hard drive??? Never heard of that and I've been using Dell products since 2006 where I work. (70 workstations and 5 servers). It could be that you had a "recovery" CD that only had the drivers for the specific hard drive that was in the box.
 

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So,,,,,,,,,,,how do you think the less computer savvy bunch would like it. I do ok with Windows, but it is a pain at times.
Too many updates and some have been corrupt as of late. Sorry don't know which ones. Have reverted the HD several times the past 2-3 months and now have it in the shop cause it won't boot after installing updates. Could be the machine, but MS wants to get XP out of the loop and I'm figuring this is either by design or just sloppy tuning since they seem to want to outdate one of the best platforms they have come up with. 7 is ok but seems to hide things.

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So,,,,,,,,,,,how do you think the less computer savvy bunch would like it. I do ok with Windows, but it is a pain at times.
Too many updates and some have been corrupt as of late. Sorry don't know which ones. Have reverted the HD several times the past 2-3 months and now have it in the shop cause it won't boot after installing updates. Could be the machine, but MS wants to get XP out of the loop and I'm figuring this is either by design or just sloppy tuning since they seem to want to outdate one of the best platforms they have come up with. 7 is ok but seems to hide things.

YMMV
First of all, Windows 7 Pro, Windows XP PRO SP3, Windows 95 OSR 2.5, Windows NT 3.51, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 were the most stable versions of Windows ever. I've used and supported Windows since 1987.

As for Linux Ubuntu, Mint, and various other "flavors" of it, you need to take a look at which one suits your computing needs.

For a good overview, go here...
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/best-linux-distro-five-we-recommend-1090058

Insofar as the "less computer savvy" bunch goes, you will find "Mint" very easy to migrate to. It's a simple install and when you downlad the ISO image file and burn it to DVD, it loads right off the DVD so you can get familiar with it without actually installing it on your hard drive. Actually, many of the Linux distro's do this.

The great thing about Linux is it's FREE and practically every app that you will ever need is also FREE. On top of that, it can read pretty much every drive and file type you have.
 

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I run Linux Mint Olivia on my home machine and 2 laptops, and I installed "Vinagre" so I could remote to Windows machines (for work, etc). Currently using thr xfce window manager.
 

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So,,,,,,,,,,,how do you think the less computer savvy bunch would like it.
My nearly 80 year old mother finds it simple enough to browse the net and send/receive emails on. And she'd never owned a computer prior to that one...

If you don't need a machine to port Office or other Windows specific files to and from work, I'd recommend the Ubuntu in a heartbeat. No need to worry about viruses and it don't get no better than free. The interface is essentially the same as Windows, though they move the buttons around that allow you to maximize and close windows and little things like that. Nothing that would take more than a couple of sessions to become second nature to ya.
 

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Dell ... proprietary hard drive??? Never heard of that and I've been using Dell products since 2006 where I work. (70 workstations and 5 servers). It could be that you had a "recovery" CD that only had the drivers for the specific hard drive that was in the box.
Well, the disc says it's Windows XP, but I couldn't get it to load and I tried every trick I could find on the net. I am persistent when it comes to such things. After I saw how nice the Ubuntu was, I kicked myself for screwing with the dumb ass XP disc so long.
 

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Use Ubuntu on my laptop as well as Ubuntu Server on two servers at work. When I need windows I remote into a windows vm on one of the servers.

Used Mint for a few years, but I started to get bored with their desktop and thought unity was worth a try. As for my servers, no use using mint since I ssh into them and use the console.

I'm not an IT guy, but have been dabbling in Linux since RedHat came on the scene.
 
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