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  # 1932349 8-Jan-2018 18:50
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So...any tips for a new to Linux user?
I've found the supplied tools very easy, but...

 

 


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  # 1932978 9-Jan-2018 17:00
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pctek:

 

So...any tips for a new to Linux user?
I've found the supplied tools very easy, but...

 

 

 

 

I'm a real newb just started last week but found this Youtube vid really helpful, bit long but I actually followed it all the way through.

 

 

 

I decided on Mint Mate as it is a bit quicker than Cinnamon and just as easy to use. My next mission  is learning about Kodi 





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  # 1933042 9-Jan-2018 18:43
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Welcome to the Linux community.

 

If you absolutely need to run windows for something you can download virtualbox and run a virtual session. You'll need a windows disc or image to install the necessary files. 


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  # 1933091 9-Jan-2018 19:08
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Hi, recently in a new job got handed a near new 17" Dell i7 Laptop loaded by a previous staff member with Mint (Sarah). Why it is, I have no idea, as the rest of the organisation uses Windows.

 

In the recent past I have loaded Mint on a few older XP machines for family and friends to extent their life, but as a Network Engineer I was a little hesitant to be outside my comfort zone of Windows based network tools.............. so wrong was I, bit of googling and I had all my familiar tools or seemingly superior substitutes that work just dandy. Everyday office tools for the organisation is Citrix client based, so again a bit of massage of the Citrix tools for linux and all up and running with much less drama than on Win10.

 

My next big concern was I was having issues with RDP in respect to kerberos auth when using FreeRDP etc, no fear I quickly found Remmina, what an app, so server admin all sorted.

 

Cheers Cyril


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  # 1933146 9-Jan-2018 20:17
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firewire:

 

Welcome to the Linux community.

 

If you absolutely need to run windows for something you can download virtualbox and run a virtual session. You'll need a windows disc or image to install the necessary files. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks. I have a spare laptop so got rid of Win 10, basically I'm looking to change from windows completely once I get hang of Linux then get a NUC running Linux and do away with PC

 

 

 

Made a hash of install as have a 20gb SSD which everything seems to be going on instead of OS on SSD and rest on HDD but early stages yet and heaps of info around. 





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  # 1933186 9-Jan-2018 21:14
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Good to know that Mint seems well regarded. Will give that distro as an option to people keen to give Linux a try. I've tried Ubuntu (as well as the KDE/XFCE variants) but I find it rather bloated and I would actually prefer OSX/Windows over it so that is why I have been reluctant to recommend Linux to new users.

 

 

I happily used Windows/FreeBSD many years ago before I switched to OSX. OSX has been my main desktop OS for over a decade. However I've keep up with Linux as I have had a VPS running Debian for a few years now (having migrated the VPS from FreeBSD to OpenBSD and finally to Debian to take advantage of Debian's excellent unattended-upgrades system which means I do almost nothing to keep the software current).

 

 

However I'm slowly switching back to Linux, having chosen Arch Linux after dabbling with Ubuntu (as above) and Debian. Currently using it on our desktop and so far I really like it. Very fast since I've only installed the exact software I need. Have had a few minor issues (e.g. tearing playing videos) easily fixed up after reading the excellent ArchWiki. I ran into some of the sames issues I had with Ubuntu but found it easier to fix in Arch.

 

 

My next step is to look at setting up my Macbook Air as a dual-boot between Arch and OSX. Will be interesting as I'm not quite sure how well supported that machine will be but always worth a try!

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  # 1933197 9-Jan-2018 21:42
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I'm using the latest KDE version of mint and loving it. Can't ever see me going back to windows. Been a happy linux user for five years now. Was previously running Kubuntu 14.04.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1935779 10-Jan-2018 19:09
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I love and hate Linux at the same time. It's great for servers. But the desktop versions can be a pain in the neck. For example, when you can't find drivers for your printer/other devices, the games library isn't great, and specific software like AutoDesk Cad, or Adobe CC, are not available for Linux systems.


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