I started on an even older WinXP machine with Puppy, Bodhi, and then was suggested AntiX… Puppy I couldn’t get to install, only run from CD. Bodhi I couldn’t get running right. AntiX was running until 2 of the 3 ram slots stopped working. That was day 1-3 of my Linux experience.
Then I switched to the Win7 Dell which was a great leap forward in computing power. I tried Deepin but it was crashing and messing up in various ways constantly. Then I tried Elementary and fell in love. Everyone was like try Manjaro, Mint or Ubuntu. I just don’t like the looks of Manjaro and the proprietary nature of Ubunto, plus the default install looks ugly to me.
Mint has been nothing but hassles. Elementary has some quirks but it just feels like home.
People were getting upset at me for not liking Manjaro and Ubunto… guess I’m stepping on holy cows or something???
if you install your /home on a separate partition you don’t need to worry about losing data when swapping distros. Just set your uname and password to the same thing on the next install and all your documents etc. will be there.
People get super opinionated about things. (Personally, Mint doesn’t do it for me, but Fedora does, for example) The difference is that some people turn into distro zealots. Don’t let that get to you. You’ll find that here as well, but it’s just a side effect of being passionate, in my opinion.
Yep, Mint has its difficulties. There are design philosophy reasons for that.
Linux works on a lot of cool old hardware and often it doesn’t become unusable until you encounter hardware failures. That’s the beauty of it.
I’m going to second @tkoham’s recommendation to check out Solus. If you like the simplicity of Elementary, you might like Solus as well.
Like I said above. Zealots. Each person has their niche and you just need to find yours.
Anyways, I’m off for the evening. Enjoy your newfound addiction and have fun all!
thing is, practices on ubuntu based distributions (mint, elementary) aren’t really applicable anywhere else. You’re learning how to trick ubuntu into working rather than use a sane linux system. Just my 2 cents.
I switched to Linux around a month ago. (Already that long, heh).
It was the best decisions I’ve made in years. Increased my productivity, and among other things. As someone who works with computers IRL, and spends a lot of time in my desktop, you could argue it’s even improved my quality of life.
I know Linux community makes jokes about it, but I decided to go with an Ubuntu-based distro. Nearly everything works on it, and it still gives you nice quality of use tools for new users.
Since I wanted a KDE environment, I went with Kubunto. Hope it helps, and welcome!
Elementary is based on Ubuntu 16.04 with the Pantheon desktop as default.
If you haven’t already, check out https://distrowatch.com/ for other distros to try. And an fyi, if you find a desktop environment you like, you can install it on any distro. In the past I’ve seen people install Mint Mate and then do a total reinstall for Mint Cinnnamon when they only had to just install the Cinnamon desktop.