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General Discussion / Re: Did I mention how much I hate Win8 ?
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:14:26 pm »
I only went from 98 to Vista and that was enough for me!   ;D

Now busy with Mint 13KDE (and doing my best to persuade others...............)  ;)

Many thanks  :)
I was going to purchase a new computer - apart from XP dying soon my computer's getting slow anyway (it's 6 years old).  But after realising how much they add to the cost of a computer for the Operating System (Windows 8) I decided to explore replacing XP on my current computer with Linux.  No harm giving it a go and if it works out I'll have a re-vamped computer at little or no cost - no brainer really!

Thanks again  ;D

Hi - I hope you don't mind me popping in a comment?

I'm a relatively new Linux user, currently running Linux Mint 13 KDE. I had the same experience as you (though with Vista) plus I got fed up with the constant updating of security, the endless 'warnings' about the latest threats and the frequent BSOD's that I was plagued by! 

In contrast, Mint runs very smoothly and fast with little or no interruptions to my work.  For sure, it is different to Windows in the way that it works and it does take a bit of time and patience to get to grips with it.  But Mint KDE is very 'Windows-like' in appearance so the transition is easier than you might expect initially.  The great beauty of Linux for me is, I can have exactly the system I want, running the software I desire and at no cost!  (Contributions are always welcome to the developers but compare that to what you'd pay for a commercial o/s!) There are literally thousands of programmes to choose from that will tailor your system perfectly to your specifications - compare that to commercial o/s's where 'you get what you are given!  (plus a whole lot of stuff that you don't want or need but still have to pay for?)

Good luck in your search!


PS - I forgot to say that Mint also ships with all the 'bits and bobs' in place that you need to play videos and music etc etc so there's no searching about before it will work!

Linux Tips & Tricks / Re: New beginnings!
« on: October 30, 2011, 11:10:18 pm »
Hi again and thank you both for your sound advice!

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 via Wubi and begun an evaluation.  As a complete newbie I find it a bit obscure in regard to the setting up and running of certain software - I mean in knowing where to find it and activating it!  No doubt it will all be ok in time!

With that in mind I've downloaded Mint 11.1 to have them side by side so I can assess the differences.  I read that Mint is more user friendly and more like Windows in appearance so may be easier to work with initially when making the changeover.  I made some space on the HDD and partitioned it in readiness should I choose to install it as well.  I burned and checked the iso file disk (all ok) and tried to run it as a live dvd but it won't get past the first window.  The splash screen with the options loads ok but when I choose any of the options the screen turns black and I get the following -

Loading /casper/vmlinuz..................
Loading /casper/initrd.lz...................         then the screen hangs.  I left it a while to see if it would load but no, still the same.

Is there anything I've missed in the process?  Does the fact I have already set up dual-boot with Vista and Ubuntu make a difference?  And if I choose to install Mint as well, will the system take it or is it a 'bridge too far'?

Thanks again for your help so far


Linux Tips & Tricks / New beginnings!
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:30:06 pm »
Good afternoon everyone from a complete Linux beginner!  I'm looking for some help and advice please - if you can!

My current set up is a PC running Vista SP2, 2Mb Ram, 3.2 Gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 150Gb HDD - partitioned 110GB Vista, 40GB unallocated

I've been considering Linux for a while but, like many others, am too lazy/scared/ignorant to leave the familiar haven of Windows!  However - and I am not a Windows basher by any means - I have become increasingly frustrated by the endless need to update my system with security patches, bug fixes, work-arounds etc - ditto anti-virus, malware and firewall - to the extent that I seem to spend more time doing that than working!    Also, I gather that Vista support is to end sometime next year and I have no desire to upgrade yet again and render an otherwise excellent computer redundant!

My preference was to have a separate, dedicated Linux machine but alas a new roof on our house has put paid to that idea!  From past experience I know that Windows can be mighty finicky when messed with so I'm concerned about dual-booting but have no other option at present.  I ran an older, live cd version of Ubuntu as a trial and liked the look of it and have downloaded Ubuntu v 11.10 with a view to dual-booting alongside Vista until I'm comfortable with it and can affect a complete changeover.  Now to the nub............

I have burned a cd and created a memory stick and checked both for errors (1 error found on the cd and 2 on the stick).  When I boot from either of these I get to the Ubuntu logo, hit spacebar for the install screen and choose install.  After a short while a lot of script appears (very similar to the command screen in Windows) and the last entry states 'stopping system V runlevel compatibility'.  Nothing further happens and I have to manually power-off.

Am I doing something wrong?  Have I got a corrupted installation file?  Is there something within Vista that is preventing installation?  I've done a good deal of reading up on this and other forums but haven't come across this particular issue.

Any assistance on the above would be most welcome!

Thanks in advance


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