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    Its like Windows 8, minus the bad bits


    A Windows 8 user's view on Linux Mint:

    Although I currently use Windows 8 as my daily driver due to better game and CableCard support, I have followed Mint releases since version 11 Katya, and have continually been impressed by how fast each new Mint release runs on my system. In that respect, version 14 does not disappoint at all. There are a couple of minor quirks with Mint 14, but overall I came away highly impressed with the new release. And with Steam and Netflix two of the three major barriers to me switching to Linux Mint full-time now working on Linux, the future is looking bright for the open-source operating system. I dual-booted the new Linux Mint distribution to test drive it, and after using it all day (and to write this article) I will be keeping it installed alongside Windows 8, and I heartily recommend you try it out for yourself.
    Linux Mint 14 released: It’s like Windows 8, minus the bad bits | ExtremeTech

    We live in interesting times.

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    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    A Windows 8 user's view on Linux Mint:

    Although I currently use Windows 8 as my daily driver due to better game and CableCard support, I have followed Mint releases since version 11 Katya, and have continually been impressed by how fast each new Mint release runs on my system. In that respect, version 14 does not disappoint at all. There are a couple of minor quirks with Mint 14, but overall I came away highly impressed with the new release. And with Steam and Netflix two of the three major barriers to me switching to Linux Mint full-time now working on Linux, the future is looking bright for the open-source operating system. I dual-booted the new Linux Mint distribution to test drive it, and after using it all day (and to write this article) I will be keeping it installed alongside Windows 8, and I heartily recommend you try it out for yourself.
    Linux Mint 14 released: Its like Windows 8, minus the bad bits | ExtremeTech

    We live in interesting times.
    Hi there
    I've been running SUSE for years as a file server (mainly because when using Linux I prefer the KDE GUI -- that's just personal choice and "habit" I suppose) -- but I've been hearing so many good things about Linux Mint so I'll try this out on a spare Laptop -- if it works on a laptop it should certainly work on a fairly "Bog standard" conventional Workstation. - The main problem might be getting a USB WiFi adapter to work although when I change the OS on the server that particular machine is LAN connected.

    I'll see also if I can get VMWARE to work on it too so I will move my W2K3 server on to it and run Office etc from the server.

    I have some really old eseoteric hardware that won't in a million years run on Linux (an DP Plotter for example) so I'll have to run that from the W2K3 server.

    With great upload speeds now on Broadband I really don't need to have multiple copies of Office any more --- W2K3 allows 4 RDP sessions before requiring CALS -- It's still under the OLD type of license.

    At home I'm using the fast 802.11n Wifi so I don't anticipate any problems with response times using the OFFICE pack on the server and even remotely connecting from outside should usually be OK.

    Anyway it'll give me something to do -- and will save money as well. I already have a license for VMware workstation for Linux (hardly used) and VMware player is free.

    That will be the showstopper -- if I can't get VMware to work -- I'll try and see though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    lsmod | grep -e b43 -e b44 -e ssb -e ndis
    sudo /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    cat /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    ls -al /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    dmesg | grep -e wlan -e ndis

    Loosely translated,, Greetings Earthlings, I'm from the planet Mint, I'm here to help you with all your problems.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    A Windows 8 user's view on Linux Mint:

    Although I currently use Windows 8 as my daily driver due to better game and CableCard support, I have followed Mint releases since version 11 Katya, and have continually been impressed by how fast each new Mint release runs on my system. In that respect, version 14 does not disappoint at all. There are a couple of minor quirks with Mint 14, but overall I came away highly impressed with the new release. And with Steam and Netflix two of the three major barriers to me switching to Linux Mint full-time now working on Linux, the future is looking bright for the open-source operating system. I dual-booted the new Linux Mint distribution to test drive it, and after using it all day (and to write this article) I will be keeping it installed alongside Windows 8, and I heartily recommend you try it out for yourself.
    Linux Mint 14 released: Its like Windows 8, minus the bad bits | ExtremeTech

    We live in interesting times.
    I like it.

    But it's more unstable than version 13 because it's based on ubuntu 12.10 and some users won't use it yet as some reviews on youtube state.
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    I've got Linux Mint 14 MATE (64 bit) installed on my PC.
    IMO, it's better than Ubuntu (no awful Unity GUI).

    All of my hardware worked straight out ot the box (ATI Radeon HD6450, Network, Sound and USB TV dongle).
    It even runs my personalised theme (from Ubuntu 10).

    I haven't experienced any glitches.

    The installed size (OS + programs) is ~6GB.
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    I have Linux Mint (not ure which version) installed on a VM and it seems very nice. I don't use it enough to have a comfort level with it but I like it more than Ubuntu or the newer versions of Fedora (17, 18).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    lsmod | grep -e b43 -e b44 -e ssb -e ndis
    sudo /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    cat /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    ls -al /etc/init.d/wifi-fix.sh
    dmesg | grep -e wlan -e ndis

    Loosely translated,, Greetings Earthlings, I'm from the planet Mint, I'm here to help you with all your problems.
    Ah yes, but the ease of documentation is awesome here. I'd much rather have a text file full of these commands, than a word document full of screen shots and click here, and check this, and go to this tab, and click on apply, and click Next, Next, Next, etc.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I've got Mint 14 on a older notebook and it worked right away, connect to my network, printers etc without any issues whatsoever. For the life of me, one thing I can't understand is why they haven't put more effort into multi-monitor support. Ubuntu, Mint etc can't support multi-monitor setups ie extended desktops.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It's ironic, but for simple uses, Mint/Pinguy etc are great.

    A lot better than w 8 that's for sure.

    My grandma would be very happy with them.

    Incredibly small and efficient, too.

    Try and do a bit more and you get all that hobgoblin stuff.

    That is one of the things they need to sort out for a greater appeal to those who need to go past the basics.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I've never been a big Linux fan partly because of the UIs on many of them remind me of the mac os, and subsequently apple. No.

    Also, needing to be really involved in the OS to make programs work. Ain't nobody got time for that!
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