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    Default Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    I have used Linux for quite some time.
    Its free.
    The way it manages files makes itso easy to find what you want effortlessly.
    Software is free.
    Libre Office is as good as the Windows expensive word

    You can use it alongside Windows in a separate partition
    All done for you.
    I like it

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    I use the laptop for Word Processing, @mail, downloading u tube videos --surfing the net.
    Im not into games.
    So Linux out of the box so to speak meets all my requirements at no expense to me.
    The first video posted is possibly the best advice as is the third one.

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    Thank you Chris, this is interesting and timely. I was recently worrying about the impending end to Win 7 support, which effectively forces an upgrade to Win 10. No thanks. I already have Win 10 on my laptop, and it is top to bottom inside out hideous. That's just the user experience, forget the terrible privacy issues.

    I've been a Windows user since 3.1. The idea of moving to another platform is a bit scary. But I'm liking the look of Linux Mint 19, probably because the general nuts and bolts of it looks so familiar. That's a big selling point for me. My one concern is the compatibility of my software, particularly with how Libre handles MS Office documents. I need to look into that.
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    See this post (<---) for some comparisons between various OSes.
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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    Thank you Chris, this is interesting and timely. I was recently worrying about the impending end to Win 7 support, which effectively forces an upgrade to Win 10. No thanks. I already have Win 10 on my laptop, and it is top to bottom inside out hideous. That's just the user experience, forget the terrible privacy issues.

    I've been a Windows user since 3.1. The idea of moving to another platform is a bit scary. But I'm liking the look of Linux Mint 19, probably because the general nuts and bolts of it looks so familiar. That's a big selling point for me. My one concern is the compatibility of my software, particularly with how Libre handles MS Office documents. I need to look into that.
    Like you I used Windows since the very first one came out.
    The latest really sucks--It trys to be helpful but it hides my files in the most unlikely places.

    You dont need to be an expert with Linux--everything is very logical.
    As far as handling MS Office documents I cant give you and answer but the font can be modified in Libre --I think that is mentioned in the first video.

    I downloaded Linux Mint from the same source as on the first video--put the ISO on a usb stick. inserted that into the laptop, turned it on an followed the simple instructions--trouble free install and relatively quick.

    If you have reservation you are given the choice to try it --then decide--you can then install without removing Windows--or go the whole way and windows and all files will be deleted--for safety sake I put everything I needed on a separate device.

    I was going from an earlier version of Linux--which I removed completely by choice--all done by the Linux software ion the USB stick.
    I have the older version on another USB stick so if I did not like it I could reinstall that.

    Have no fear Linux is the real deal--It does the job effortlessly--its simple--anyone can use it.

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    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)
    See this post (<---) for some comparisons between various OSes.
    Hi Herve
    That post is virtually a year old--valid then.
    The latest Mint runs cool--a big step up from earlier versions.

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    I use Linux, Ubuntu, I know you're focusing on Mint, greybeard.
    Been using it for about 10 years now.

    I tried Windows 10 once, lasted about an hour. It's been completely removed from my computer.

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    Quote The latest Mint runs cool--a big step up from earlier versions.
    Well, then, check it out: https://linuxmint.com/


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    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)
    Quote The latest Mint runs cool--a big step up from earlier versions.
    Well, then, check it out: https://linuxmint.com/


    This is the latest edition but its a different system.
    I would not recommend this---yet.
    The one I am promoting is an evolution of tried and tested---safe bet so to speak.
    It has regular updates and i fully supported.
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    There are no point releases in LMDE. Other than bug fixes and security fixes Debian base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint point release.
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    As said Im not into games but for those who are--there is a multitude of free games available on Linux and its possible to use Windows related software and games within the system. I haven't but here is a video and loads of other Linux Mint videos on u tube.

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    Good informative thread.

    I've used linux since 1996, starting with Slackware by downloading 54 5.25 floppy images at 9600 baud and dual booting with window 3.11. Slackware quickly bit me in the butt due to 3 unacknowledged and automatically installed no-password root accounts.

    Windows XP is the last one I had as part of dual boot system. I'm not sure exactly when I went exclusively linux, but what held me back was the lack of a music notation program sufficiently useful for even the very simple tunes I occasionally write. I've tried about 20 distributions and eventually settled on Debian as the one most useful for me. I may eventually putter around with Linux Mint Debian Edition "because it's there"
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    Good informative thread.

    I've used linux since 1996, starting with Slackware by downloading 54 5.25 floppy images at 9600 baud and dual booting with window 3.11. Slackware quickly bit me in the butt due to 3 unacknowledged and automatically installed no-password root accounts.

    Windows XP is the last one I had as part of dual boot system. I'm not sure exactly when I went exclusively linux, but what held me back was the lack of a music notation program sufficiently useful for even the very simple tunes I occasionally write. I've tried about 20 distributions and eventually settled on Debian as the one most useful for me. I may eventually putter around with Linux Mint Debian Edition "because it's there"
    Im going off topic
    As a Musician I use the Presonus Studio One 4 professional DAW they have a chord track which is helpful for those who write their own music--I dont--also an additional purchase of Notation to write music--unfortunately it only works on Windows or Mac.

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    Running Windows Programs on Linux

    This not something I have done but its nice to know its possible
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    Running Windows software on Linux using Wine, PlayOnLinux, Winetricks and CrossOver, and demonstrated on the distros Zorin OS and Linux Mint.

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    The PlayOnLinux website is at: https://www.playonlinux.com/en/

    The Winetricks website is at: https://wiki.winehq.org/Winetricks

    The Codeweavers CrossOver web pages are at: https://www.codeweavers.com/

    If you are interested in the free Windows programs I ran in this video, they were:

    NoteTab: https://www.notetab.com/ -- the free version is NoteTab Light

    Sculptris: http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

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    You may also be interested in videos:

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    Embracing Linux: Mint Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EAes...

    Embracing Linux: Bootable USB Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vq_v...
    More videos on computing and related topics can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/explainingcomp...


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    Im going off topic
    As a Musician I use the Presonus Studio One 4 professional DAW they have a chord track which is helpful for those who write their own music--I dont--also an additional purchase of Notation to write music--unfortunately it only works on Windows or Mac.

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    Needing to do some serious gaming, and serious multi-media work, are two of the use cases in which I might power up my Windows box that has been sitting unused on my floor for the last few years. LibreOffice, formerly called Open Office, provides high quality (well, good enough for my modest needs) handling of Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on Linux.

    I've used and done serious programming on Unix, then Linux, since I was getting it on 9-track tapes from Ken Thompson, inside Bell Labs, in the 1970's. I've used DOS, then Windows, since I was my company's DOS networking guru in the 1980's.

    I deeply prefer Unix/Linux over Windows. All the computers I regularly use are running some variant of Linux: my desktop PC (runs Gentoo), the Avalon server (runs CentOS), my own web servers (run Ubuntu), and my tablets (run Android).

    For someone who is more familiar with Windows and considering moving to Linux, the following three Linux distributions (distros) look interesting. I generated this list of distros just now by doing a Google search for "best linux distribution for windows users", and then matching up some of the distros mentioned in the first few Google hits with which distros are currently most popular, according to Distrowatch.com:These three distros are three of the top ten most popular distros listed in Distrowatch.com. Migrating from Windows to Linux is a very popular activity these days.

    The distro that I currently prefer to use in my home PC, Gentoo, is way down that Distrowatch.com list, at number 48. I use Gentoo because I can avoid systemd, and because Gentoo is deeply customizable. This would be rather like an old car buff saying that he only uses custom built engines in his car so that he can use Weber carburetors and avoid the overly computerized ignition and injection systems found in most cars these days.
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    How complex would it be to get my new laptop that is running Windows 8.1 to move to Linux (distro)?

    Also, what are the advantages? And how big of a learning curve would it be?

    I only used Linux briefly in the 90s.

    I did use to use DOS back in the day!

    Thanks in advance.

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    How complex would it be to get my new laptop that is running Windows 8.1 to move to Linux (distro)?

    Also, what are the advantages? And how big of a learning curve would it be?

    I only used Linux briefly in the 90s.

    I did use to use DOS back in the day!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Watch the first video it all in that.
    I installed Mint 19 two days ago and it was so easy and relatively quick.
    No big learning curve--its so logical you dont need any instructions--the opening page gives you all you need.
    Just check out the first video.

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    Quote Posted by Michelle Marie (here)
    How complex would it be to get my new laptop that is running Windows 8.1 to move to Linux (distro)?

    Also, what are the advantages? And how big of a learning curve would it be?

    I only used Linux briefly in the 90s.

    I did use to use DOS back in the day!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Dear Michelle
    Watch the first video it all in that.
    I installed Mint 19 two days ago and it was so easy and relatively quick.
    No big learning curve--its so logical you dont need any instructions--the opening page gives you all you need.
    Just check out the first video.

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    Ok, I will. I started at the last post first, and I'm catching up on the other posts right now.

    Just found this thread. Thank you!

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    Ok, I will. I started at the last post first, and ...
    Ah - if by "last post" you mean my Post #14, above, then that is probably the "last post" you should read on this thread. My perspective is, shall we say, not the same as that of those who will most appreciate greybeard's starting this discussion.

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    getting it on 9-track tapes from Ken Thompson, inside Bell Labs, in the 1970's.
    As an amateur geek who didn't get very far, and really doesn't know much, I'm still going to say "Wow!"
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    Ok, I will. I started at the last post first, and ...
    Ah - if by "last post" you mean my Post #14, above, then that is probably the "last post" you should read on this thread. My perspective is, shall we say, not the same as that of those who will most appreciate greybeard's starting this discussion.

    Well, what interested me is that you said LibreOffoce can handle Microsoft Office documents, AND that you prefer Linux over Windows.

    I really didn't want Windows 8.1, and since I just got it yesterday, this is very timely information. I don't have any files on the laptop yet.

    However, I have a desktop which I run Windows 7. It is NEVER on the Internet. But I do often create things that I transfer onto a thumb drive, then send over the Internet. My laptop with Vista just went haywire, and that's what I've replaced.

    It might be good to create a partition and run it alongside Windows. I'll have to decide about that.

    I did see the first video. It definitely seems easy enough to set up.

    I'll learn a bit more and pick up an extra thumb drive before I load it. But Linux seems safer; more private.
    Windows 8.1 doesn't feel quite right, and Windows 10 definitely creeps me out!

    I do like Windows 7 the best.

    MM
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