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Linux Mint Quick Test – a Windows Replacement? Definitely!!

This Post is quick overview of Mint general immediate functionality, and also a Blog Uploader doc test as a possible MS Word replacement.

I installed Mint last night after the 1.2GB ISO Dload from:

http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=144

and I haven't looked back much so far. It is really slick and it works well (mostly).

Samba is already installed (but you still have to create a share on this PC as there is only print$ available on the Network – see main page for smb.conf text for that), and all I had to do to get the install ISO of the network PC was create a folder on this Mint PC called /Acer1 for the Acer1 Win7 PC drive where the ISO is, and mount the Win7 PC there:

mount -t cifs //Acer1/e /Acer1/ -o user=stevee

password: xxxxx

I then copied the ISO to this PC:

cp -v /Acer1/Mint/linuxmint-16-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso /Mintshare/

I have already installed it again on an external drive via my laptop that has no DVD reader by using the pen drive image apps - installs are MUCH quicker using USB - as little as 10 mins depending:

This installed the ISO to an 8GB stick which booted no problem on that laptop, and then did the install from that to the attached external drive.

The Print Screen functions the same as Windows (Alt-PrtScr for the active window only) also, so I am writing this in  LibreOffice also.

The Browser is Firefox due to Mint funding reasons – not my personal favourite but a good one – but I'm going to stick with it for a while without Chrome to see how it goes. I don't want to add packages if I don't need to, but I did already get the Google webcam package so I can video call if I want while in Gmail on the Browser.

Even this was easy, the google page offers the package when trying to start a call, which Dl'd to my folders, then I used:

dpkg -i Downloads/google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb

to install it.

Mint can't find my camera visuals even though it found its picture memory as it has a shortcut on the Desktop for Dual Mode Camera – but it is an old Win98 DWG-1 which requires stv0680.ko modules – as I found out after lots of aggro with Debian the last few days – so I can look at fixing that later:


One nice feature is the clock view (I like a 24hr view) editing done via the browser – by right clicking yo get an applet that takes you to a webpage of radio button options and you choose, and its done.


The only thing different with PrintScreen is the image goes to your Pictures folder and not to memory so you can't just press and paste immediately. That is not so handy. You have to Insert from file to get the screen shot into a doc.

New features - http://linuxmint.com/rel_petra_cinnamon_whatsnew.php

So far the neatest function of all is Edge-Snapping - the ability to put any open window into top or bottom, left or right half, or each corner of the screen using the Winbutton/arrows or Ctrl/Winbutton/arrows. This is just what I have always wanted, especially when you do multi-terminal work – you can have a tidy screen immediately without dragging windows or corners accurately. There is also a Ctrl-Alt-Arrows option for a 2nd Dtop – very Apple.

"Edge-Snapping

Edge-Snapping is the most impressive feature in Cinnamon 2.0. It was inspired by the Snap functionality of Xbox One. It is similar to Edge-Tiling (the window sticks to the edge or corner of the screen, occupies half of the screen and can be resized) but with one key difference: Maximized windows do not cover snapped windows.

Snapping is the star of the show, almost as good as having multiple monitors. Here we're working on the code in a maximized window while enjoying some music videos.

The idea behind Edge-Snapping is to let you keep an eye on a particular window without letting that window get in the way of everything else you're doing. If you have multiple monitors you can already do that by moving that window to another monitor, if you don't you'll probably love this new feature.

To snap a window in Cinnamon 2.0, drag it with the mouse towards an edge or a corner while pressing the "Control" key. Alternatively you can snap a window using "Control", "Super_L" (The Windows key) and an arrow key."


There is a lot – but not too much – in the way of navigable menus - a mistake KDE never resolved, that are functional but not too techy for most users, that show drivespace, partition info, driver info clearly:

Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the design of all the windows and the necessity and usability of the apps therein – again – slick!

I'll have to see what happens over the next few days, but as very usable and friendly environment – I think any desktop PC with Win7 on it has a serious rival.

How to upload from Libre to a Blog that MSWord does easily? Hmm...that's a different story.

I spent the last 24hrs trying to do it. Even via Google Blogger and Google docs to Worpress – not yet.

Sun Weblogger downloads prior Posts but can't upload from LibreOffice?! What are the Apache people doing with this?? There are loads of people wanting a solution to this, otherwise they can't move from MS completely – hopeless...

Now I'm reformatting it in Word, and HAVING to do it this way for now. Pissed off? Very! All for something as simple as this in Word required in Libre that actually WORKS – this isn't Mint's fault of course – its Libre that has a crucial element missing and relies on 3rd party add-ons/extensions – not good:


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