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2013-03-06 10:23:45 PM  
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Samwise Gamgee: I'm a Linux newbie (first install was less than two months ago). I started with Ubuntu, hated the interface, put Gnome and KDE on there - better but too fiddly... gave Crunchbang a whirl because the light-weightedness appealed to me (and it's rock solid stable) but I found I was spending most of my time in the command line (which I was barely familiar with).

Finally wiped everything and installed Linux Mint (Cinnamon flavor) last week. It's brilliant! Everything is gorgeous and intuitive, and I don't think I've been forced to go to the command line once, even when I had to install a proprietary driver for my wireless card - I was able to install it from the software center. And the wireless was actually working before installing the proprietary driver; just timed out every now and then, so I never had to find an ethernet cable or anything to get it to work - just clicked a few buttons and bob's your uncle.

I set up VMWare and have installed the original Windows 7 copy that came with this laptop as a virtual machine - which works wonderfully - so I still have the ability to do everything I did in Windows if I have to (I haven't had to, but it's nice to know that I can still run Excel if I bump into a limitation with LibreOffice).

Before Mint I was considering giving up this whole Linux experiment, but instead of being frustrating, it's been quite pleasant. It's as easy to use as Windows XP was while actually being more polished in a lot of ways and infinitely more customizeable. This is what Ubuntu should have been, instead of that Unity abortion.

As a Linux newbie, I find that one of the coolest farking things about Linux is that virtually every distribution lets you run the OS off a USB stick and play around with it before installing. Zero worries about going through a whole installation process just to find out some of your hardware doesn't work. If it weren't for that I probably never would have had the balls to format my Windows HD and start tink ...

You've spent 2 months installing an OS on your computer.

Think about that.
2013-03-06 06:35:40 PM  
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Another Software Developer/Sysadmin moving to OSX?

color me shocked.

//Mac User
///Microsoft-free for 6 years and counting
2013-03-06 11:24:03 AM  
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count chocula: Microsoft won't release Silverlight's DRM for Linux, so no port is available.

ugh. Just port it yourself. That's why linux exists. To do everything the hardest way humanly possible.

The very joy of Linux is coding your own silverlight emulator.

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