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    Just put Nix on my laptop

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    by jessie ·

    And I have to say, so far, I’m quite pleased. It’s Linux Mint, which I’m told is a debian based variant of ubuntu. I’ve used and am certified on MS OSs and I was a bit leary of putting Linux on my laptop which we use for all the kids games and online bill pay, and other general usage.

    Once we got the wireless drivers working, the kids netgame sites are working perfectly and I can STILL post on TR (most important 😀 )

    Anything ya’ll can recommend that will help me get my feet wet with this new (to me) OS?

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    • #2955988

      update FF and install pidgin

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Just put Nix on my laptop

      I have had ThingTwo exclusively using Mint linux for several months now. (desktop)

      Pidgin ( IM software ) he loves, because one interface to talk to everyone.

      Of course, don’t forget to add ad block plus to your FF.

      He WAS on a P4 2.4 with a gig of ram running winxp, moved him to a P4 1.5 with 512M ram running Mint (Felicia) (but didn’t tell him).

      After a few hours he came back and said “Wow Dad, that is a LOT faster!”.

      B-)

      My laptop is running SuSE Sles 10. Wireless “just works”. 😀

    • #2955986

      What do you want to step into first?

      by seanferd ·

      In reply to Just put Nix on my laptop

      Reference material, some type of software, or just getting to know your system? (Like: Why does everything have a Name rather than a name based on function?) 😉

      • #2955985

        IMO, the place to start

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to What do you want to step into first?

        is listing tasks that you want to do with the laptop.

        You then look for software that will do that task.

        I sat in the installer and just started reading some of the apps that were available. there were sometimes more than one package that would do the same task, but how would I know which I like better if I don’t try more than one?

        B-)

        • #2955984

          That is

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to IMO, the place to start

          often cited as a drawback you know.

          choices.

          to many choices.

          seems most people don’t ant to have to think. 😉

        • #2955979

          That’s what I was thinking, for software

          by seanferd ·

          In reply to IMO, the place to start

          If Jessie is looking for software, we could find out what type of thing was required. I’m sure that a lot of members have experience with various packages what perform similar overall functions.

          Then there’s Jack’s and Selena’s blog posts… Whatever happened to that TR LUG/ guru thing?

        • #2938441

          Already found a few things

          by jessie ·

          In reply to IMO, the place to start

          I already found the package manager and the software manager, VERY cool. I added FF adblock (used that in XP as well) and will add pidgin too. Thx!

          I put in OpenOffice because it’s what I’m familiar with, and mostly I use the computer for internet based apps. I’d like to find a secure address book that can be available from any computer I’m using.

        • #2938427

          For FF, get NoScript.

          by seanferd ·

          In reply to Already found a few things

          It is truly awesome.

          I found this site pretty cool, if you like to use the CLI:
          http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/linuxcommand.org/

    • #2955927

      Great Stuff for Kids

      by desertjim ·

      In reply to Just put Nix on my laptop

      G-compris is great for young kids, my 2 year old loves it and I enjoy playing with him. I does grow with your kids so don’t be put off with the age of mine.

      Tux paint/type/math are good fun too.

      There is a whole bunch of games that I’m waiting for him to grow into.

    • #2938257

      Update! We DEMAND an update! :D

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Just put Nix on my laptop

      well? How is it going?

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