I can’t even remember what started this little experiment off. It was probably to do with me thinking about how as a business we could operate on any platform. That combined with my annoyance of Windows 10 constantly pestering me about updates, Cortana and reminding me to breathe.
So I decided to have a little play with Linux. Now I may have many (many – I’m older than I look!) years expertise in all things tech, but none of that time has been spent using Linux. I thought if it doesn’t give me any hassle to install and it just works, I’ll give it go.
I popped over to Distro Watch to see what flavours of Linux are popular at the moment. I saw the usual names I do know such as Ubuntu, but top of the shop was Linux Mint. I’d also read a recent article (always learning) about someone else had started using Mint, so that was my Distro of choice.
Having downloaded it, setup a bootable USB away I went – making my work computer dual boot (meaning I can choose at startup if I want to use Linux Mint or Windows 10), happy days.
The only issue I had on my work computer was with my wireless adaptor not being picked up (a TP Link one), I read online I might be able to run some commands in a terminal, but this doesn’t float my boat – I just want things to work – I’m no different to any other computer user from that perspective. So I simply swapped my TP Link for a Belkin (we’ve always got spares around the office) and that was detected straight away without me need to do a thing, other than decide if I want a cup of tea or coffee to celebrate my Linux installation skills.
Now I want to keep this article brief, partly because it’s important I keep your attention and partly because it’s only a matter of time before my napping child wakes up, so overall here is what I absolutely love about Linux Mint:
As I’m always fair and I always bring balance to the force, here is what I’ve found lacking though:
In summary, what I’m saying is – I absolutely love it, even more than Windows, but at this moment in time there are certain jobs I can’t do without Windows. I’ll continue using it at work for the majority of my work, booting into Windows as required. If you’ve got a spare computer at home, I urge you to try out Linux Mint – I think it would be great for kids to play with as their first computer and I think it’s also great for making an old slow Windows computer, perform fast again.
There is so much more I could go on about, but for now, this is just a summary. I may produce dedicated articles on certain aspects in the future, but for now, that’s all folks.
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This article was written by Gavin Moorhouse, owner of Lucid Computer Solutions who provide IT Services in the West Midlands. His baby girl is still napping.