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October 14, 2009

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I was in the same boat for a long time, since 2001 actually. I as always dual booting because I needed Windows for...looking back, I don't know.

The beauty of Linux and BSD in my experience is how plain the system is. Not ugly plain, I mean simple. It can be as no-frills as you need to get work done. Or it can be an overwhelming box of eye candy. Your pick.

Hi, I am a new user of Linux Mint. I use LM on Win7. I would like to access the folders saved in Windows in Mint9. Do you have some suggestions pls?
Thanks
Vaithi

boot linux mint on your windows/dual boot machine or connect the windows drive to the linux pc via usb, mount the windows drive, open it and go to documents/settings, users (you?) and the path you require.

I think you also forgot that Linux Mint can play flash, read PDF, and manage the contents of your ipod/iphone out of the box, whereas you have to download them first in Windows. And you must also install drivers for printers, camera, extra NIC cards, graphic cards, basically many things that didn't come with the computer/laptop. In Linux Mint, they just work from the first day (that is if the drivers are available), but the users won't need to worry about managing them.

And let us remember that Linux Mint's first release was in August 2006. Linux Mint has come a long way in such a short period of time. That's because it has been running. And it can run because of the strength it gets from the FOSS community. I believe it already surpassed Windows in half of the things (not all), most notably ease of use. Whereas in Windows and MSOffice, features get shuffled in the bar/panel so that they LOOK like completely new products with the latest features after every release, when only very few of them are actually new features. In the end, the users had to relearn everything to be able to use everything. This is actually a plague among most if not all OSes backed by companies, because they always want their products to look brand new to stakeholders. And while end users are busy relearning Windows and Microsoft is busy trying to make Windows look brand new, making more patents, suing patent breachers and making commercials, Linux Mint and other community-based OSes will hopefully have outran Windows by a mile.

I've been using Mint since last year and find it to be soothingly simple. An analogy of its comfortability for me: using Windows, OpenSuSE and MAC (OSes I'm experienced with) felt like I was walking down the street in the neighborhood, which is okay, but using Mint feels like resting on my sofa at home. Also Linux Mint is a channel to freely express myself, whereas using Windows was like living in a cage, but only realized what a cage is after having explored freedom. Sorry for using too many analogies, I think they bestly describe abstract concepts.

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