Ditched Windows 10 for Linux Mint – 3 Months on

So 3 months have passed since I switched to Linux Mint! To keep the promise I made to my followers, here’s an article explaining my thoughts and feelings after using Linux Mint as my main system.

I decided to use the Cinnamon version because I like the modern look and the ability to add both Desklets and Applets in the panel. Can you do this in other environments too? The Cinamon desktop environment has also been recommended to me since I’m a beginner.

If you are new to this Blog, feel free to check out my article about a month of using Linux Mint…

Devices I have Linux Mint installed on

My Laptop

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My Desktop:

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I started with installing Linux Mint on my laptop 3 months ago after I got bored of waiting for Windows to finish updating and Windows blocking me from doing some of my work. I was actually thinking of going to Ubuntu but by pure chance, I decided to install a couple of distros including Linux Mint in a VirtualBox and I liked the look and style of Linux Mint Cinamon.

Did I find any differences in using it on my laptop vs my desktop?

Not really, apart from getting the odd stare from people that saw me using the Linux Mint instead of Windows. In the past, I have had issues with getting a WiFi driver that was compatible with my old HP Probook but back then I was using Ubuntu. Yes, you read that correctly, whilst I’m new to Linux in general, I have used Ubuntu in the past and I did like it but it never got me as far as deciding to move away from Windows.

The one thing I have found to be an advantage to use Linux Mint on the laptop, especially since the resolution 1366 x 768 is is the fact that you can re-size the start menu without it losing its style as it does in Windows 10. This makes the desktop seem roomier which on a small display is great!

So has anything changed since my last article?

Yes! Quite a few things have but the changes were good changes and have shown the progression of me learning how to use the system, discovering things I didn’t know, such as learning to use the terminal, new software and new tricks such as adding applets to the taskbar. I don’t know why but the System just feels more professional to me.

There was a point when I decided to try out Ubuntu 18.10 on my Test PC because I liked the look of the new interface but it didn’t feel the same as using Linux Mint in terms of overall usage and the look and feel of the system. I must admit that my test PC only had a Core 2 with 4 GB’s of RAM, which was not the best spec to test such a new system on. This might have contributed to me preferring Linux Mint but it won’t change the fact that I prefer the Linux Mint Cinnamon interface.

Your questions…

Will I go back to Windows?

To be honest, I haven’t stopped using Windows. Linux Mint is my main system but I use Windows at work since I have to. I also use Windows to make my YouTube videos since I haven’t found a better program than Vegas Movie Studio.

However, a question is a question! I’m not planning to go back to Windows as my main system as of yet and I don’t think I will in a long time!

What was the learning curve like?

I’m not a 100% new to Linux. In fact, my first encounter was back in College about 6 years ago in a Computing module on Operating Systems. Whilst it was just basics, I decided to expand my knowledge by installing Ubuntu on my old laptop. I was using it for a total of about 10 months which was until I got a brand new laptop which had driver issues on Ubuntu.

With this experience from about 6 years ago, I was confident that I knew what I was doing. Whilst a lot of it was similar to what I remember from Ubuntu, the main thing I had to learn was where all the settings were.

Overall I think that getting used to Linux Mint was easy. The community is extremely helpful and there are loads of useful resources available.

How has the experience changed over time?

Great question! As I started using more software I began to miss some of the programs I was so used to on Windows. The main one being Adobe Fireworks, which I used on Windows to create web graphics. But to be honest, the program is no longer supported by Adobe anyway so it’s about time to move on. The other program that I miss is Vegas Movie Studio, which I continue to use on Windows for my YouTube videos. If anyone knows a program that is just as good but works on Linux Mint Please let me know!

The most important thing that I noticed was the fact that I got away from that annoying Windows Update thing where the computer restarts in the most inconvenient time to do updates. Yes, I know that updates are important but I strongly believe that Microsoft should improve the way updates are installed!

In terms of customisation, I found numerous ways to customise my Desktop to my liking. I like the fact that the desktop supports Desktop Widgets which I miss from Windows Vista and 7.

Overall, I began to like this system and I have yet to find issues.

What cases would a person be more likely to follow this example vs not?

Another great question, I have met many people who complain about Windows 10. I used to work in a Computer Shop and you wouldn’t believe how many customers used to ask to whether we sold laptops running on Windows XP, Vista or 7, this wasn’t that long ago too! Customers would just complain about Windows 10. From my experience, Windows 10 is a good system but, there’s a lot of things that need to be improved such as the Updates and Boot loop issues. One of the reasons that I moved to Linux Mint was because I didn’t have the time to be waiting for Windows to do its thing. Linux Mint just works! This is just one case for someone to move to Mint.

To answer this question…

More likely

  • People who are fed up of waiting for Windows to finish updating
  • People who want a System that just works
  • People who like customisation
  • People who have an old device in perfect working order that but the version of Windows is no longer supported
  • People who want a change

Less Likely

  • People who are not confident with performing system upgrades
  • People who prefer to use Windows Software
  • People who don’t trust Linux, since it’s free – this was often the answer when I asked people in the past!

What hardware is this running on and has it caused any problems/improvements?

Both hardware specs are available in the “Devices I have Linux Mint installed on” section above. In terms of compatibility, I haven’t found an issue as of yet. Everything seems to work extremely well out of the box.

Resources I found to be useful

If you know any more let us know in the comments!

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