• Mothy



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    • You get some telemetry and a proprietary software repository (Snap store) with Ubuntu. So you can be closer to how Microsoft operates. 😀

      Both of these are examples of some things that have been removed by the Linux Mint developers (since Mint is based on Ubuntu) in order to keep things open and provide the user with a system they can completely control and trust.

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    • Making Linux Mint obsolete? Lol What non-sense and a click-bait headline and article from beta news. But it gets them some web traffic. While Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, there is a lot more to it than just the Cinnamon interface!

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    • in reply to: Who controls our tech? #2547460

      Per this blog post from founder and lead developer of Linux Mint Clem Lefebvre:




      “We can’t measure anything with precision because there’s nothing in your computer which sends data to us and we don’t configure Linux Mint in a way that even allows us to count how many users we have. In other words, there is nothing in Linux Mint that is common to all users and that we could rely on to establish statistics.”

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    • Haha, good point. Saw it a few years ago when I first starting using Windows 10 on a newly acquired desktop PC. Did NOT like the feeling that the system was serving Microsoft’s wants/needs over my own with the whole “Windows as a service”. So promptly wiped the system and installed Windows 8.1 (with Classic/Open Shell). Now that support has ended for 8.1 I’ve moved on to Linux Mint, a system that still respects the end user/administrator with full control over everything. 😀

    • I’m not as optimistic and could see Microsoft pulling a Vader: “I am altering the deal, pray I don’t alter it any further.”!

      They have been doing a lot of things over the past number of years that should be getting them in hot water (like what happened with the anti-trust IE stuff a long time ago). But no-one seems to want to hold them accountable anymore. Sadly the same can be said for big tech in general.

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    • I agree a recent drive image of your system is invaluable. However it does not help prevent Microsoft from being able to push an unexpected update or make changes to your computer and possibly bork it unless other measures are used to prevent it. Same with calling frequent drive images a “hardened system” as they do not stop malware from getting on to a system and compromising it unless you have taken other preventative measures. Otherwise it’s all just a game of whack-a-mole: unexpected update or malware borks system > restore drive image > system borked again > restore drive image…..

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    • in reply to: Replies: Daily Computer Tip #2546566

      185. Surprise! Your computer system may update without notice or warning, Create an image backup to counter any surprise update.

      Not if you run Linux Mint where you still have complete control over the updating system. 😀

      But always an excellent point to create image backups regardless of what OS is in use.

    • You have admitted that you strip out what you do not want in your Windows 11 (and 10) systems. So in doing that you are also in effect running a “niche” version of Windows. That is not something you will be able to do with a “cloud” version of Windows 12 thus limiting your options and locking you more into Microsoft’s control. That is the opposite of what Linux provides and I believe why it was brought up in the thread. Granted Linux suffers from too much choice, but it’s always better to have options than to be locked into what a monopoly like Microsoft will allow.

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    • in reply to: Should I go to win11? #2546317

      That’s understandable considering your line of work and the support of this website which is predominantly about Windows. I also still know how to run the Windows platform more than any other having been in the IT industry for almost 25 years now primarily supporting Microsoft systems. However I have not directly supported or worked on them in some time, instead I’m more of just a user of them (Windows 10 and Office 365) now at work where I still get to experience all the typical pain points which has only re-enforced my decision to drop Windows completely on my personal systems and instead use Linux Mint where I still have easy built-in control over the OS and feel it respects my wishes (like Windows 8.1 that I migrated from) instead of Microsoft’s.

      As to Mint I’ve found it very intuitive and easy to configure and use out of the box as it’s been designed to be very similar to Windows. But even so, the underlying OS is very different than Windows and does take effort and some time to adapt and learn how best to use the system (I’ve found a ton of useful information just via Internet searches). But I have enjoyed learning something new and pushing myself out of the comfort zone of using Windows for so long. Ultimately it’s been a very liberating feeling to no longer have to deal with Microsoft’s constant attempts of control or having to jump through hoops to avoid it. So I have no regrets in dropping Windows on my personal systems. In fact I wish that I had done it much sooner! 😀

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    • in reply to: Should I go to win11? #2545713

      I would go a step further from what others have said and add that unless you have a specific need to use Windows I would go full Linux Mint. I did that almost 3 months ago now and it’s great to no longer have to worry about what I refer to as “Microsoft’s clown show”. In the odd event you do need Windows for something there is always the option to run a virtual machine via VirtualBox.

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    • in reply to: GUI Preferences #2542849

      I agree that Windows 7 was the last good GUI as it used/was based on the classic Windows 95 interface that was created from extensive user testing and feedback and is what established Windows around the world as the dominate desktop OS. But since then it’s been all downhill and Microsoft no longer seems to know how to design/create a functional and productive GUI. Not surprising as they stopped listening to feedback from users (ex. they ignore the majority of it in their feedback hub) as well they really no longer respect the user as has been evident for quite some time with the behavior of their “Windows as a service” that started with 10.

      It was all why I stayed on Windows 8.1 for quite a while and used Classic/Open Shell until support ended for 8.1 recently. Since then I have moved on to Linux Mint 21.1 LTS (Cinnamon version) little over two months ago now on two Dell desktop PC’s. No regrets at all, in fact I wish that I had made the switch much sooner. Mint is a great OS, very stable and has an excellent default GUI packed with a ton of features and functionality, so no need for any third party GUI software to correct anything. And best of all Mint still respects the end user with easy built-in control over updates (like Windows 8.1 and older). No worries about triggering the install of anything just by viewing what’s available or having to jump through a bunch of hoops or use third party software to try to control updates.

      I still have to use Windows 10 (Enterprise) at work and wish I could install third party GUI software but it’s not allowed. Thankfully they have no plans to even consider Windows 11. Otherwise personally I’m done dealing with Microsoft’s clown show!

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    • “It’s better than putting up with Windows update craziness every month!”

      Yes, very true! Next week’s Microsoft patch Tuesday will be the first time I have not had to worry about updating any personal Windows systems since they are now running Linux Mint instead. Although I think updating Windows 8.1 has always been much easier and much less risky than newer “Windows as a service” versions. But regardless it’s quite refreshing to not even have to think about it anymore. Instead Linux is just inherently more secure and does not require updates every month. So now after running Linux Mint for just a week I can’t help but think to myself, “Why did I not switch to Linux sooner?”. =D

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    • I understand as I have only used Windows as well (since 1996) and have had very limited exposure to Linux until recently. But the Linux Mint developers have done a great job to make their OS easy to understand and intuitive to use. If you want to give it a test run, no need for a virtual box/machine. Instead see the installation guide here where you can decide what edition (Cinnamon, Mate, or Xfce) to download and how to create a bootable USB drive (or DVD) that will run a live session of Linux Mint and does not affect the existing operating system on your hard drive. However something to keep in mind is that a live session will be slower since it only runs off the USB drive as well as changes made are not permanent and will be lost on a reboot since it does not write anything to the USB drive. If you decide to install Linux Mint on your hard drive you can either dual boot with Windows or backup all your data to an external source then wipe the drive and install Linux Mint. Either option can be done from a live session.

      For existing data, I normally keep backups of all of it on a local NAS (network attached storage) device and just copied it back to the SSD after wiping the drive and installing Linux Mint. But if you dual boot, Linux Mint will be able to see the existing data on the drive. For bookmarks, I exported them from Firefox and Ungoogled Chromium to an html file (saved to the NAS) then imported them into the respective web browsers in Linux Mint. For most other existing files (ex. videos, mp3, Microsoft Word/Excel, pdf, etc.) they can be opened in software that is included with Mint (ex. LibreOffice). For data from Outlook that was stored in a PST file, I had to export calendar and contacts to isc files that could then be imported to Thunderbird. The harder part was trying to migrate hundreds of locally saved email. But I ended up using the online account method with my Proton Mail account and their bridge application where I copied the email from Outlook into the Proton Mail account archive folder. Then in Thunderbird on Linux Mint I copied the email back down locally then deleted it from the Proton account since I do not want/normally keep it there. Instead like the PST file before I now backup the Thunderbird profile (that contains the email, calendar, contacts, etc.) to the NAS.

      Otherwise all has been working very well on Linux Mint since migrating about 4 days ago. The system is very stable and fast even when running the Windows 8.1 virtual machine. The only issue I’ve encountered was an annoying pop when a new sound would play. But after a quick search online it was easily fixed via a terminal command to prevent the sound card driver from going into power save mode (the pop was caused by the sound card waking up to play the media).

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    • I have two Windows 8.1 (Pro with Classic/Open Shell) desktops that I was planning an eventual move to Linux since Microsoft’s “Windows as a service” with Windows 10 (or newer) is just not an option for me, primarily due to lack of easy built-in control over updates and dislike for all the telemetry they try to collect. I don’t want anything updating on my system without my explicit consent. And I really don’t care to use third party tools or have to jump through a bunch of hoops to try to prevent Microsoft from controlling my system. But I digress…

      I recently started testing Linux Mint Cinnamon a few days ago via a bootable USB. I was very impressed with the setup and operation. Everything just worked, it detected and installed all needed hardware drivers right away and I was able to immediately start evaluating/testing how the system works and that needed software is available (ex. Firefox ESR, Ungoogled Chromium, Proton Mail Bridge, KeePass, Citrix). For f.lux, software that is used to change the color (and brightness) of your screen based on time of day to help reduce impact to your sleep cycle, I found Linux Mint already has the functionality built-in via an application called Redshift. Otherwise the only exception was QTranslate that is only made for Windows and which I could not find a Linux application that even comes close to the same feature set and functionality. However as a workaround for when I need to use QTranslate I was able to use Oracle VirtualBox to run a Windows 8.1 virtual machine. However keep in mind to do that well a computer needs to have proper hardware in particular a high amount of memory (ex. minimum 16 GB) as each virtual machine also needs/uses some of the system’s memory.

      So instead of waiting, I decided to go ahead with a full install of Linux Mint on the SSD on one of the two desktops after taking a Macrium Image of the Windows 8.1 system to fall back on if needed. Everything worked even better and was a lot faster being able to take advantage of the SSD. Then after taking a whole day to configure the system as needed I used Macrium to create an image and since the other desktop has exactly the same hardware I was able to simply restore the image to it. So now both desktops are running Linux Mint Cinnamon with the option to run a Windows 8.1 virtual machine.

      There is still a bit of a learning curve to learn more details and tips/tricks with Linux. But Mint made the set up and running of a Linux system very easy. It’s very intuitive and works well out of the box.

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