To read my original post about my move to Linux Mint 10 click here.
|Mint is minimal and clean...and I like it for that.|
The Great Things About Linux Mint 10
A great improvement that you automatically notice when you use a Linux OS is the speed. From the time that I push the ON button on my laptop to being logged in and ready to use the browser takes 43.9 seconds. To sign OFF and shut down the laptop takes even less time, maybe 10 seconds. Ok, it is not a world record or anything, but it makes me want to use the laptop more knowing that I don't have to wait for all of the Windows bloatware to run before I can be productive. Obviously hardware has a lot to do with the speed that you can boot up and down.
One of the neatest things that you are able to do if you have partitioned your hard drive like I have (Vista/Linux) is that you can access the Vista files from the Linux side. This makes it really convenient when you need a Word doc. from Vista. You can pull it up through the hard drive and open and edit it in Open Office (this is the free word processor packaged with most Linux OSs by Oracle). By the way to run windows programs on your Linux side you will most likely have to run it through a virtual machine or WINE, check the Linux websites and forums for more info.
Skype works like in a dream in Linux Mint 10 and my integrated laptop camera worked well with it as well. In fact, the people I Skyped reported that my video quality was much improved (they thought I had a new laptop or camera). I did not mention that I was on the same machine but running Skype on Linux Mint 10 OS until they mentioned about my improved camera quality. The Linux packaged Skype software is a little watered down and does not have a lot of the accessibility options like the Windows version, which I am sure will change soon.
Just like Ubuntu, Linux Mint 10 has Rythmbox. Rythmbox is my favorite music player due to the quality and flexibility of adding urls, radio stations, podcasts, and just about any other kind of audio. It does have Last FM, Magntune, and Jamendo already loaded, but I usually just use the Radio function and add my own stations (streaming audio urls).
There are many free games, applications, utilities, and other software offerings that are free (of course) and easy to download, try-out, and delete or save depending on if you like them or not.
Need Help: Go to Support Forums Not Live Help
For some reason the Linux live support community (in my experience) has very little patience with Linux noobies. I asked if anyone could suggest some proxy software for Mint and was provided with a one word answer. I accepted the answer and said that I had had difficulty with that particular software before with Ubuntu and could he suggest a starting point for installation.
|A generic screenshot of XChat IRC #linuxmint-help channel|
I understand that the help chat operators must receive some really dumb questions, they probably volunteer their time, and they are probably right to feel frustration, but how does this help the open source movement in the long run? In any case, the various Linux support forums have been excellent and they have a much more welcoming atmosphere. I realize that my experience was an individual one, and I will not paint the entire Linux live support with the same brush. Despite me first impression of the live support, I think that it is awesome that a free OS comes with the ability to receive live (human) help in seconds. Mint ON!
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