A few weeks ago I posted a blog about my migration from Windows to Linux Mint and now that I no longer use Windows at all, I thought it would be appropriate to write again about my experiences, with the hope that it may persuade others that using Linux is not just for geeks or nerds; and is in fact very friendly and not difficult at all to use.
But it is different and that is the only obstacle to overcome.. but ask yourself this.. do you use an Android phone? if so you are already using Linux, and I guess that many of you did not realise that at all. So what are you afraid of… you can try Linux without installing onto your hard drive.. but that is for a different blog.
I use what is know as the Mate desktop, this is a matter of choice for me, there are in the Mint family other desktops but today I am just going to write about Mate as that is the one I have grown to love and understand and it would not be right for me to blog about something that I have not used very often.
Let us imagine you have ‘bitten the bullet’ and now have decided to install Mate, you have held your breath, you have followed all the instructions which honestly are so simple, you have watched as the installation process has whizzed through, if you want to keep windows as well.. you can… the installation will partition your hard drive for you.. no expertise needed.. only tip would be to allow enough space for Linux.. as you will for sure want to install lots of software once you get going.. I actually split my hard drive in two. (but I did get rid of Windows after about a month!).
The first advice I give is firstly check your wifi or ethernet connection, on the bottom of screen is a panel (in windows you will know this as the task bar) you will notice an internet icon… click and follow instructions, click the menu button and when the list opens up click on internet and select Firefox… see you are online already.
Next check that your sound works, again find the sound icon on the bottom panel and check the speakers.. and finally plug in your printer and follow the install instructions. (If you have any problems at all with any of these set-ups you can ask the Linux Mint forums for help, google or ask to join the Linux Mint Facebook page.. where there are lots of friendly folk ready to help.
Next is how to install software.. my advice is only use the Software Manager for now, there are other ways of installation but if you are very new the Software Manager is the easiest and most straightforward means of doing so. Go on open up the Software Manager, it will ask for your password.. go ahead and look and see what you can install with just one click of a button… some software came with your installation.. check it out.
Right click on your desktop to change the wallpaper, or of course you could add or make your own,
So in just a few small steps you have installed Linux, are online, installed new software and are raring to go…. and best of all it has only cost time.. not a penny spent as Linux is free and as the software is open source that is free as well.
Yes there is more to find out… more to explore.. but a user guide does come with your download, read, enjoy and have fun… and if you are not sure about something, just ask… there are hundreds of Linux Mint fans out there ready to help.