Mint is a Good Direction to Go

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As Windows xp users are slowly thinking about changing computers or those who have old hardware which frankly is very serviceable and only made useless by the Windows inefficiency of use of hardware should consider an alternative to Windows 8 and Apple.

One alternative which should be considered which will both give the Windows xp users an interface which they are familiar with and not have to abandon their old hardware which on the whole is still very serviceable and far from the end of its life is to replace the Windows xp on the computer with Linux Mint with xfce desktop.

This also has the added advantage in these times where money is short it will save the Windows xp user money as they will not have to buy new hardware and pay over the odds for an operating system which frankly not liked by the majority of users.

Why do I say this?

Because I have already done this for a friend who was given an old laptop running Windows xp which would have to be thrown away because frankly when it was running Windows it life span as a viable computer had come to end not because of the hardware but software.

But I installed Linux Mint with xfce desktop on the said laptop which breathed life back to the hardware and produced a laptop which was usable because it ran fast enough to be used again.

The friend in question now uses the laptop more than his Windows desktop simply because it is more stable and usable than his Windows computer with little or no problems simply because the xfce desktop is so similar to the Windows xp desktop with few minor differences.

Would I recommend that all Windows xp users do this?

The answer is yes especially if the user is just someone who uses their computer for browsing the internet, basic word processing and collecting their email as it will mean it will save them money and they will not have to go through the trauma and headache of learning the new Windows 8 desktop which frankly is very messy and user unfriendly!

Oh, the one other big advantage is the days of the constant battle with viruses and malware users are having with Window computers while surfing the internet will be greatly reduced even eliminated when the users go to Linux Mint. Basically the Windows xp user can surf the internet for a first time in a long while safely.

A good place to start is at the Linux Mint site and follow the download link and download the xfce desktop version of Linux Mint: Linux Mint

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Linux is Still Making Computing Fun!

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With all the user disqualification and disappointment with Microsoft Windows 8 it seams I must be one of few users who still finds messing around with computers both fun and challenging outside of Apple users.

My secret being that I use Linux on my computers along with a growing number of users who are discovering same as me that Linux brings back something long been missing in computing which is fun and innovation.

At the same time as those users who still believe the lies that Microsoft is the standard and only operating system on computers myself and others who are prepared to break this mould and experiment with Linux and it’s derivatives have found we end up with a better experience with our computers in general.

We are free from the constant problems associated with Microsoft Windows which include constant maintenance, virus attacks and updates which both fix problems and cause more problems which has allowed us to actually move on from fighting the software to actually do things new with their computers.

It has allowed me to do things with my computer which I could of only dreamed of on a Windows Computer and allowed me to use my computer as a creative tool without the worry of an operating system constantly causing me problems.

As I have said before Linux brings fun back to computing!


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Linux: A Wonderful Tool to the Mind Active!

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One thing I am finding using Linux is that is wonderful tool to keep my mind active as every month of so I learn something new which even at my age is something which I still enjoy. This is something I would of never got if I either used an Apple or Windows computers.

A recent example being a recent update of Crunchbang which messed up the display driver on both my desktop and laptop I had to figure out how to fix it which with a spark of inspiration I fixed it hence I once again learned something new.

Linux may be a remarkably stable operating system from my personal experience it is also good operating system to learn the ins and outs of operating systems and software in general something much needed by people who want to work or still work in the computer industry in general. Once again something both Apple and Windows Computers fail to do as their operating systems and software tend to be closed and difficult to learn from because of their basic nature.

One final thing for someone my age or general enthusiast it keeps minds active staving off the lethargy caused by inactive mind. As I said before it brings back the fun in computing and allows people to explore computers and software at a lower level.


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New Dark Desktop!

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It has been one of those weekends so far when I have been a bit restless so I have been messing around with the desktop on my main desktop again.

As the desktop goes across two screen which sadly a different size and one had the same desktop as my laptop which really did not sit well with the other desktop as it was too light I went back to deviant art web site and found a more fitting desktop.

I like the resulting desktop is shown below:

scrappy-doo desktop 5th October 2013



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Living With Linux and Without Windows!

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All I can say since I ditched Microsoft Windows off my computers and replaced it with Linux on all my computers at home I have not looked back. I know I have said this before but it is worth repeating so those people out of there who are still scared but want to change gets the message.

Basically since I changed at home to using exclusively using Linux, in my case Crunchbang Linux, on my computers I have done more with my computers than I ever did when I used Microsoft’s Windows and found it even easier to do so than under Windows.

In the last year on my Linux Computers I have created my homepage, hosted the web site and blog on one Linux Computer, potentially dj both onto the internet and Second Life and finally just use computers as I would of done under windows. All this frankly would have been far more difficult and if anything impossible using Windows as I did try and give up in the past.

I would also like to emphasise here the last point I can use my Linux Computers exactly the same as my previous Windows Computers that is to serf the internet, write using a word processor, get emails even read documents without the usual constant maintenance you get when using a Windows Program.

What I am saying both for range of users from the light user to a demanding user like myself Linux should be first choice because of it’s stability and now sheer usability now even for those users who are not experienced users.

Linux certainly comes into it’s own for users like myself as it has allowed me to experiment and learn more about computers, and software something which Windows never allowed me to do easily. Over the past year I have done more and been more creative on my computer than I was ever on my Windows computer!

Back to Crunchbang Due to Circumstances!

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All because of the various problems of the new Singularity Second Life Viewer which caused a lot of problems on my main Linux Desktop I needlessly changed it’s Operating System to Linux Mint and now back to Crunchbang Linux 11 all to find it was the viewer itself causing the problems as other Second Life Viewers worked just fine on Linux in general.

Now once again both my laptop and one remaining desktop are now running Crunchbang Linux 11 once again something I am happy about as of all the Linux’s I have used have been the best and most stable when used in anger.

Though as always the best way to look at my recent problems is that it is a good learning curve as each time I reset up my Linux Desktop I gain more experience of setting up a Linux Computer especially to get one to run a Second Life Viewer.

Regardless of my recent problems I suspect I am about to cause few more by hosting my personal web site on my Linux Desktop as my site hits are always low but once again I am hopeful as I suspect that the setting up of Apache and associated packages will be a lot easier on Crunchbang Linux than Linux Mint.

I am now rather looking forward to it especially when for once I will have far more control over the hosting of my web site. So wish me luck over the next few weeks.

Linux: Keeps Getting Better!

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Around a few months ago I had to change the Linux’s on both my two working computers because of various issues including usual problem with the Second Life Viewer failing to run on the main computer which is the major reason why my main desktop is kept running.

So I had to reinstall the Linux on both the desktop and laptop choosing Crunchbang 11 for the laptop and Mint Linux with xfce desktop for the desktop which both installed easily and both certainly ended up doing the jobs they were intended to do.

But what has come out from this exercise is that is has highlighted both that Linux is very sensitive to the hardware it works on and it seams to take time to settle as an operating system on the hardware itself.

It was more apparent on the Crunchbang 11 which when first put on the laptop just after it’s release was not exactly the fasted Linux in the world if anything it was performance wise a very disappointing indeed. But now a few months on the said same Linux, after a few updates, has turned out to be a remarkably stable Linux whose performance now is impressive on the less than powerful hardware of the laptop.

Strangely a similar thing has happened with Mint Linux Computer though not as dramatic but as the Linux embeds itself on to a machine it gets more stable and faster. Though I should not be surprised by this as Linux is based upon Unix which needs to be tweaked initially to get it working well on hardware which Linux seams to itself.

So from my experience if a Linux seams slow initially on a computer give it a week or so to settle on the hardware and if it has not speeded up or became stable it is the wrong Linux for the hardware. There are those doubters out there who will use such an argument against Linux but it is a necessity for such operating systems and always ends up with more stable and faster computer which is a pleasure to use.

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