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[–] SirPoppycock 1 points 24 points (+25|-1) ago 

Welcome to the club. You'll find cookies and punch on the table to your right, and complimentary Microsoft toilet paper to your left.

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[–] Zinnsee [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Haha, thanks for the warm welcome.

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[–] SirPoppycock 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

You're part of the team now. So, learn to Google n00b!

You're going to love it over here. I started on Mint, but now I'm an Arch user. You can run into some weird issues since a lot of people don't officially support Linux still (stupid shit). But, there is always a way.

Edit: Fixed something fat thumbs broke, broke more stuff, this comment is like my Arch box.

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[–] crysys 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

One of us. One of us. One of us. One of us...

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[–] ProgHog231 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Hey, congrats. Not sure what you're doing with your PC, but here are some of the extras I usually install on a new Linux machine:

  • Guake - hotkey terminal launcher
  • Steam - not all games will play on Linux, but Wine (see below) extends that number
  • Inkscape - SVG graphics editor
  • gmusicbrowser - music player that I prefer over Banshee (which I think is Mint's default).
  • chromium browser - open source version of Chrome
  • gajim - chat client, which I prefer (slightly) over Pidgin

More esoteric and specific to my work/life...

  • Kodi - new name for XBMC - a bit of overkill, but it's how I use my Sonos system
  • VirtualBox - can be used for running Windows, but I also have Linux VMs to try stuff out. For instance, I wanted to try out Meteor recently so I created a local Linux VM
  • tuxguitar - simple musical score editing (reads popular Guitar Pro files, but I think Guitar Pro also has a Linux version)
  • Wine - windows emulator, also helpful for games
  • PyCharm - great IDE for Python development

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[–] woobie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is a good list. Seconded on VirtualBox especially, and virtualization in general. Linux is an awesome platform for running VMs. When I was dual-booting my main workstation with Linux Mint and Windows 7, I always had much more memory available to the VMs, and performance is much better - especially when running multiple VMs concurrently.

Also, I would add GIMP to this list. Yes, PhotoShop is still the gold standard, but GIMP delivers most everything PS does, for free.

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[–] ProgHog231 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Absolutely on GIMP. I think it's part of Mint by default.

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[–] Zinnsee [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cool thanks! If I had known that the Linux crowd is so helpful, I would have made the switch much sooner.

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[–] crysys 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Here's the secret to getting help in a linux group. Don't ask for help; you will just be told to read the manual/man page/documentation. Instead, start complaining about how Linux sucks because it can't do xxxx. You will get a half a dozen solutions just to prove you wrong, guaranteed.

I'm only half kidding sadly.

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[–] crysys 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I haven't messed with Kodi, haven't even looked at the project since the old XBMC days when it really was for X-box. Does it do dnla streams to smart TVs? Does it do it well?

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[–] ProgHog231 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not, sure as I don't do much TV. Maybe check out this video.

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[–] Orthum 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

I hate you. I can't get linux to do more than, tell me boot error off a usb stick. So I have to go out and buy burnable dvd's, ohh wait I don't have any money at all... so I'm stuck hoping windows isn't watching me watching my favorite brand of porn. or rummaging through my private folders and conversations.

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[–] lxbb 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Does the USB definitely work? You should try this, I just installed Mint on a new PC last night with it, you just need an iso and USB key; https://rufus.akeo.ie Linux Mint

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[–] Orthum 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

it does, I'll give it another try. I'm just not sure why its not. Then again my boot bios, doesn't give me just USB it gives me USB-HDD USB-CD ect ect like 5 of them and 4 don't work one gives a boot error, tried different usb slots too... its disheartening...
I was planning on going full mint... All my games I like are Linux ready... fuck windows... fuck them with a pineapple.

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[–] Zinnsee [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

USB worked great for me. I started with a live boot version first to see if I was Linux compatible.

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[–] mansausage 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Once you get it to boot from USB properly the next problem might be that it won't detect your Windows. That's what Mint does here - on both a modern system with UEFI and GPT as well as on an old 2010 rig with BIOS and MBR.

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[–] The_Redditor 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

LiLi USB Creator for Windows 'knows' about various distros and will take care of it for you if you feed it a downloaded ISO of Mint. Used it plenty of times. UI could be better maybe (why does everyone have to invent their own UI instead of using the OS conventions?) but it's straightforward.

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[–] wootnessmonsters 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

try using pendrive and check bios. It works even on my oldest 500 mhz computers. No way it wouldn't read it.

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[–] Shykel 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

ditto! linux mint is incredible and i've noticed it runs some stuff a lot better than windows including one of my most favourite MMO's. it's just a shame that skype is so primitive on it but theres probably a better way

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[–] crysys 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A lot of people actually prefer skype that way. They say that because it's been completely ignored by Microsoft it runs lean and fast compared to the cruft infused new versions. I don't use it myself, this is only what I've read.

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[–] T8nker 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I haven't started up my windows laptop since the windows 10 release. Last night I installed Linux and got rid of Windows completely. Never used anything other than Windows, wish I had started using Linux sooner.

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[–] Zinnsee [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Great tip thanks!

I'm a total noob, but the first time using the apt-get command made me feel like a boss. Looking forward to learn more about console commands. As someone who started with a Commodore 64 this feels like coming full circle :)

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[–] Snowman_Eater 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If you want a music player, cmus is a really cool terminal-based one.

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[–] Wasq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ever since I switched to fedora a couple of years ago, I boot into Windows only to flash factory images onto my nexus 4 every six months or so.

Now I can do it in the terminal in fedora. Feels good man. :)

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