Category Archives: Mint OS

Linux Mint XFCE saves ageing laptop

Acer Aspire 5315 ZNWXMi Laptop Specs and ReviewOur first venture into laptop purchasing took place about six years ago when we bought an Acer Aspire 5315,  closely followed by an Acer Aspire 5920 — or perhaps the other way around. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Hardware, VirtualBox


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Review: Linux Mint Essentials by Jay LaCroix

Linux Mint Essentials by Jay LaCroix.
Packt Publishing 2014

Linux Mint Essentials

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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in eBooks, Mint OS


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Some thoughts on upgrades and Mint Debian

At some point in the future historians will be able to look back and pinpoint the exact date when updating your PC went from being a good idea to a bad one. And note that I’m talking here about updating the software on an existing, working computer, not buying a shiny new one off the shelf. Personally I would put the watershed mark around 2008. That was about the time that I tried to update a copy of Windows Vista on a new laptop, only to have all the data implode, and discovered that the laptop didn’t come with any kind of recovery disc. It was a good thing in a way, because it made me commit to Linux for the first time, in the form of Mandriva. But it should have taught me a lesson about updating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros


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Open Source software

At some point in learning about Linux, every new user asks the obvious question: “If this stuff is so good, how come they give it away?” It’s a big compliment, because it recognises that Linux distros and their accompanying software are often first-rate, world-class programs, as good as or better than their commercial counterparts. And it’s not that easy to answer. But we can start to make sense of the idea by setting out two alternate approaches to the idea of history and culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in LINUX, Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros


The Road to Linux


UNIX was developed in 1969 in the computer labs of the US phone company AT&T, by a group of employees including Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie. The philosophy of UNIX was to roll all the basic low-level functions of the OS into a single bundle called a ‘kernel’, and to supplement this with many relatively small and simple add-on programs for carrying out specific operations. Another feature of UNIX is its heavy reliance on the C programming language, developed by Kernighan and Ritchie, which also became immensely popular and widely used. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in DOS, Gnome, KDE, Mint OS, UNIX


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GThumb is an image collection manager. It shows a directory structure in a panel at the left of the screen, and when you select a folder from that panel which contains bitmapped graphics, these are displayed in the main panel. Right-clicking or double-clicking will open a full screen view of an image similar to that in the Image Viewer, while thumbnails for the remaining images are displayed along the bottom of the screen. You can return to the Browser view through pressing Escape, using the View menu, or clicking the first button on the toolbar at the top of the display. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Graphics software, Mint OS


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The History of Linux Mint

Linux Mint was developed in France, and released in 2006, by Clement Lefebvre. Lefebvre is notoriously reclusive and reluctant to give interviews – his online biography, in total, is ‘Nothing much to say… ;)’ – but he has repeatedly stressed that his aim in modifying Ubuntu was to achieve ‘elegance’. In practice this meant focusing on ease of use, incorporating user feedback, and choosing pleasant colour schemes and layouts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Mint OS, Ubuntu