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Old 03-03-2012, 06:19 AM   #1
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Smile What's cool on linux

Hey guys first time Linux user! Just want to know cool tricks and how to customize my Linux! I hav Linux mint 8
Old 03-03-2012, 06:59 AM   #2
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First, welcome to the community.

Second, Mint 8 is somewhat outdated and out of support, so the first cool trick would be to learn how to upgrade to the current Mint 12. Maybe it's easier to directly install Mint 12 before you start using.

Regarding your question: GNU/Linux is a full blown operating system (and Mint a really big collection of applications and tools), you can do anything you want on it.

So, what do you think is cool? What do you want to customize? Is your question about eye candy on the GUI, would you like to learn working on the command line, would you like to develop software or are you just looking for great games? Do you like graphics editing or video cut?

Tell us what you're looking for and somebody will point you the way.
You might also browse the list of available (installable) applications and just install whatever sounds interesting to you.
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Why you installed Linux mint 8? Have your tried Ubuntu or CentOS? they are really cool too!
Old 03-03-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for the replys! I was given the Linux os from my it lecturer to try out so I will download the latest one and give it a go! And will see what I need! Thanks again
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SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows - Community Ubuntu Documentation -

Linux is NOT Windows -

Would be good places to start.
Old 03-03-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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Pls use linux Mint 12 not Ubuntu. Its new Unity Desktop is a pain in the butt. If this is ur first time. I dont want ur first time using Linux to be a problem or leave u with a bad taste in the mouth.
Old 03-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #7
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I noticed you're posting from a mac. What is it about the mac, that appeals to you? The Gnu/Linux os is so flexible, you can make it work almost exactly the same as a mac, or on the flip side, almost exactly the opposite of a mac.
check this out.

That websight talks bout Ubuntu Gnu/Linux but those steps can apply to any Gnu/Linux distribution that uses the gnome2/mate desktop environment.
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Hi guys thanks for the support! Just want to know I have downloaded the mint one 8! But it doesn't want to install a USB modem! Is it possible to even use one??
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Linux mint 8 is no longer supported, kind of like windows 98. u need to download Linux mint 12
Old 03-06-2012, 05:50 PM   #10
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Hi, if you want to begin with linux another good option to start instead of Linux Mint and Ubuntu is Zorin OS (Ubuntu and Debian based system), look for it I think you will find it a bit familiar because it has the option to change how the environment looks and you can select Windows 7 look, Windows XP look and Classic GNOME look so once you start the system from the live DVD it looks more familiar and it could make the learning and getting used proccess more comfortable and maybe even easier.
It's up to you, see you soon.


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