From: David White 
I love it. I've been running it for about a week now, and haven't run into
any problems, except a couple really minor hibernation issues, and 1 time
when I booted, there was apparently a bad sector or something on the swap
partition. Rebooted, and I haven't seen that issue again.

I'm currently doing a Windows 7 pro install onto a VirtualBox VM, and
assuming that goes well, I'll migrate all my Windows stuff into that, and
be done with booting into Windows as my primary OS for good.

I should probably start thinking about buying more memory, and/or buying a
new laptop, though. I have a few older desktops laying around, but I need
to be portable for my primary system.

This current laptop is 3 years old and has 4 GB of memory... I need to give
Windows at least 2-3....

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

=============================================================== From: William Roush ------------------------------------------------------ It really is an excellent piece of financial tracking software. Oh wait... William Roush

=============================================================== From: Andrew Pierce ------------------------------------------------------ I run Mint on my main work laptop, a Dell Latitude that is about 2 years old. Works flawlessly. The new Dell Inspion I bought a couple of months ago will not boot a Mint Live CD. I don't know why. I have tried everything. It does have that funky new UEFI instead of a traditional BIOS. But, the Inspiron WILL boot an Ubuntu CD as well as a CrunchBang CD. Just saying, if you are going to buy a new laptop, the manufacturers are making it harder to choose something other than Windows 8. Do your homework when choosing that machine.

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Trying it on a Lenovo W510, clock in task bar doesn't work, having trouble installing XP SP3 in VirtualBox. Not sure I like it better than Xubuntu.

=============================================================== From: Michael Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ A couple of weeks ago, I put Mint on a little Asus netbook. Seemed to work well. I pulled out my old 18+ inch Sony laptop, which had been having screen issues under the latest Bodhi/Ubuntu. Some weird flaky driver issue making the screen dim. So I stopped using it. So I installed 64 Bit Mint Linux with Cinnamon. Revelations: 1. I'm liking Mint a lot. Everything works, seems to be logical. Hmmm... 2. This old Sony has an awesome screen, keyboardand touchpad. I've missed it. While the HP Envy I bought has better core parts, the screen, keyboard and touchpad suck. What really makes a kick-ass laptop is tactile and visual. This is from a guy whose work rig is an rMBP and 2 Apple displays. Hope ya'll had a good weekend.. signing off.

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ I recently switched from Windows 10 to Linux Mint. I had been wanting to switch back to Linux for a while but always hated the desktop experience for various reasons. I've been using Mint with Cinnamon now for about three weeks straight, and I have to say I love it. I kept Windows 10 on the 500GB SSD that it was installed on, and installed Mint on a 120GB SSD, because I thought I'd be going back to Windows for games and various apps that won't run on Linux (Office 365 and Adobe CC). However, I've not found myself in Windows once since I installed Mint. In my old age I've lost the joy and excitement of screwing around with things to get them to work properly in Linux. I used to really enjoy it. Now, though, I have too much work to actually do on my computer to take the time to tweak everything and fix things that should just work. I was pleasantly surprised when I installed Mint and everything just worked. As a web developer, when I was using Windows, I would have to create CLI-only VMs to use for my dev environment. I wanted to switch to Linux mainly because it was just way more dev friendly. It's easier to setup a working dev environment locally. I can install Git, nodejs, MongoDB, MySQL, nginx, PHP etc easily without it feeling hackish. Sure, all those things will run on Windows, but 1.) it seems dirty for some reason, and 2.) I want to replicate my prod environments as close as possible and none of them are Windows. The VMs have been my solution for the last two years because the Linux desktop has sucked for me every time I've tried it. When I say "sucked" I don't mean that the entire experience sucked so much as there was always one thing that didn't work well and was more annoying than I was willing to put up with or take the time to fix. For instance, this install would have been discarded if not for the fact that I had a separate ASUS Xonar sound card laying around. The mint install kept trying to use some screwed up driver for my onboard sound and it was causing distortion and other annoyances. Using the Xonar card and disabling onboard sound fixed this completely. Plus, the Xonar is a bit better than my onboard sound anyway. If not for this card, I wouldn't have been able to use Mint at all, because I participate in many Skype meetings and such through the week, and I actually couldn't find a solution to the issue with the onboard sound. The last time I installed Linux, this was the deal breaker for me. This go around, I've been using it with success, with one slight exception. PHPStorm's font rendering (since it's Java-based) was terrible in Linux. I spent about two hours twiddling with settings and recreating my favorite programming font to try to alleviate the problem. I eventually fixed it, but I tried so many things, I'm not even sure what the eventual fix was. This will be a problem if I ever have to reinstall. Reinstallation may not be far away either, since I used my large SSD for Windows and have Linux installed on this 120GB drive. I didn't separate my home dir in its own partition because of the lack of space. Thus reinstalling things will be less enjoyable than I'd like. On the whole, however, I'm thrilled to be back in Linux. I feel less paranoid about privacy issues. It's also just amazing as a dev environment. I feel more comfortable with it. I mean we're probably all comfortable using Windows. It's safe to say that Linux users are pretty much all very versed with Windows. The same can't be said in reverse. I'm comfortable doing things in Windows and I worked in Windows support for a while. Back then, I installed and played with Linux on my home computers as a hobby, and that's why it wasn't a bother to fix various things that didn't work out-of-the-box. The change in my attitude toward Linux came at a fork in my career path. I wanted to program. I didn't want to do phone support. I found that I was less attracted to admin type work and more attracted to dev work. Devoting my time to dev meant that I needed a dev environment that just works without a lot of tweaking. If I'd went toward server administration as a career path, then I'd be happy to muck around with Linux installs till I'm blue in the face, but the dev work made server administration a secondary chore. I can't spend hours looking up how to get this particular sound card working correctly in my particular version of Linux. I just needed it to work with little effort. Those hours could be better spent trying to keep up with the ever-changing web development landscape. I mean just as I'm getting real comfortable as a LAMP developer, now everyone is using a MEAN stack variant. Time to stop devoting my time to perfecting my PHP chops and start devoting it to perfecting my Javascript skills. That being said, I've worked with some server admins that are seriously lacking the skills they should have. It's bad when the programmer on a project has to fix server issues because the server admin doesn't know as much about the server OS as the flunky programmer. That's the end of my Monday morning rant and rave. On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM, Michael Harrison wrote:

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Good rant/review. Thanks. Although I still like CLI only production servers. As some on Chugalug can attest, I think programmers make pretty good sysadmins.. They just get bored at it. I’m more of a sysadmin pretending to be a programmer.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I, too, am a Sysadmin pretending to be a programmer. I'm awful, downright awful at programming. I know what I'm looking at, but lack an original thought in my brain programming wise. To be fair, at least, my current company knows this and hired me to improve their Dev Ops and help facilitate Infrastructure related issues. On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 8:42 AM, Mike Harrison wrote: tending to

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I don't event pretend. Although I am trying to learn Perl, and am off again on-again learning Scheme & Python. As a consultant, though, I've found it's difficult to sell myself simply as a sysadmin. I have contracts with 2 organizations to monitor their 1-webserver-infrastructure and keep software updated, but that's only a drop in the bucket of my monthly work, and what I need to bring in to keep my business afloat. On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM, Stephen Kraus wrote: y s etending to

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I have experience with PHP, Python, C, C++. C#, Java, etc and can tell what code does or how to make changes to current code, but don't ask me to write it from scratch because my brain just crashes. p t mmer know retending to