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Hello to everybody reading this I'm Daphne from Sydney Australia and I feel compelled to tell you that I have been utilizing Linux Mint 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 cinnamon 64 and I am so impressed by this new system I have completely migrated from windows 7 64 home premium about 18 months ago now on my laptop an Acer 5750g and a desktop Acer m5811 and I do not require a rear view mirror one little bit.

My hardware is 2010 / 2011 era in both cases and it just works so well I'm not even using graphics cards as my CPU's in both cases just do the biz for my needs and they are a Desktop intel i5 650 3.2ghz twin core twin thread per core Clarkdale with 8gb ddr3 1333mhz 4 x 2gb dimm modules and a  Seagate SATA 1tb HDD single drive and a basic standard install setup and a laptop intel i3 2310m 2.1ghz twin core twin thread per core Sandybridge with 8gb ddr3 1333mhz 2 x 4gb Kingston sodimm modules with a western digital blue 500gb SSD and a basic standard install and they just rip now "open source is wonderful".

So thank you Linux Mint team for keeping my old hardware alive your effort is much appreciated it's just wonderful I love it, I would also like to thank Mr Joe Collins for all of the wonderful YouTube content that has really started to open the door on the Linux world for me I'm starting to like bash now as it's fast and efficient so if you see those view counters clocking up Joe
I am guilty hehehehe Arrow brilliant stuff thank-you very much !!!!.

Oh yeah I have converted one of my next door neighbours from windows 8 to the same os and set her up like an old pro and she loves it.

I can honestly say I haven't really had any major issues it feels solid and my needs for home tasks and web interactions are working great I just hope they decide to put the Goom visualization into VLC bionic I'm on the 3.0.8 version from the software manager at the moment and the themes and all other features I use are sweet.

I did have a go at snap VLC 3.0.10 and it does have Goom but I had issues with control + L for library causing two screens to display instead of the single GUI navigation not a biggie but unusual unexpected behaviour coming several weeks after install I though it may be a small bug so I decided to change to the standard install and I miss my Goom, anyway I hope your all safe and well, I just had to sign up just to say thanks and will be staying interested in the site and YouTube posts in the future signing out for now "Awesome". Big Grin
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G'day Daphne. Join the club.
Cliff Coggin
Mint 19.2 Cinnamon
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Welcome to the EzeeTalk forum, and you will find a lot of good people on this forum  Also, Joe Collins provides a good service to the new Linux users with his beginner's tutorials.  I always wonder how many new Linux users he has brought into the Linux community?  His presents on Youtube is a very good new Linux user outreach.  

Similar to your situation, I like to rejuvenate older hardware (cheaper when buying them used. Wink  My first hardware update is a new quality SSD.  It makes a remarkable difference especially when compared to the very slow 4200rpm laptop mechanical hard disk drive. And using 8GiB sc ram, my eight year old 2012 MacBook Pro laptop works very well. For some digital photography editing, I could temporarily use more ram, but for everything else the 8GiB sc ram is a sweet spot. 
Idea Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person how to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime. ✝️ Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
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(06-06-2020, 07:36 PM)cliffcoggin Wrote: G'day Daphne. Join the club.
Thanks Cliff the joys of learning something cool in today's modern ways "awesome". Big Grin
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(06-07-2020, 06:18 AM)deck_luck Wrote:  
Welcome to the EzeeTalk forum, and you will find a lot of good people on this forum  Also, Joe Collins provides a good service to the new Linux users with his beginner's tutorials.  I always wonder how many new Linux users he has brought into the Linux community?  His presents on Youtube is a very good new Linux user outreach.  

Similar to your situation, I like to rejuvenate older hardware (cheaper when buying them used. Wink  My first hardware update is a new quality SSD.  It makes a remarkable difference especially when compared to the very slow 4200rpm laptop mechanical hard disk drive. And using 8GiB sc ram, my eight year old 2012 MacBook Pro laptop works very well. For some digital photography editing, I could temporarily use more ram, but for everything else the 8GiB sc ram is a sweet spot. 
Thank you for your welcome message, how many people have been inspired by Joe you ask I'm guessing many, I have been learning now for a while about 18 months and learn something new every day a bit more at a time at my own pace and I'm getting it happening here it's been a great thing for me.

I am long term unemployed like many others here in Australia and Linux has been a savior for me offering secure web access and the joy of learning something new at 55 that is interesting and you are right Joe is a very good teacher and speaker I'm having fun again.

I have done the SSD upgrade on my laptop the western digital blue 500gb is new and it is an improvement in speed and battery uptime lifespan using a low power method to store my data.

Mine set me back $120 Australian about 9 months ago at a shop called IJK here in Sydney it's an online store and pretty cool and it was worthy of the effort to get one.

I'm not sure about over seas shoppers for these guys but check this out and don't be fooled by the awful website it's very old these guys have been around for years and have great gear, if you wish to have a browse on this link you can see for yourself @.   

https://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/

I experience no issues at all with my 8gb ram it hammers now with a decent OS and speaking of that.

I have just installed LMDE-4 Debbie 64 on my desktops HDD with standard default partitioning and it is so much faster loading Firefox than the standard Cinnamon installation I can't believe the difference it's radically faster at rendering the markup and I notice it here because I am stuck on the old ADSL2 partial copper network on profile 6 which delivers about 700kbps max download speeds and I'm loading pages from a bookmark that now completely load all content in about 3 seconds compared to about 20 to 25 seconds on the 19.3 Mint deployment "I'm Stunned" it is literally the fastest browser I have ever used in my life it's just awesome!.

I mainly use my system for browsing and streaming YouTube and Aussie free to air DRM content and enjoying my audio and visual media plus ripping my DVD's / CD's and converting to compress for more room my collection of old files, the selection of software is very good here on Linux, I'm currently using VLC to watch and listen to soft copies; Brasero to burn; Handbrake for visual media to rip to .mp4 and reformat .avi to .mp4 plus Asunder and Sound Converter with lame for .mp3 audio files and all are working just fine I'm very impressed.

This time I have stuck to the standard repositories versions of the programs and so far it's been a smooth ride to success.

Good luck with your SSD purchase I was a bit stand off with getting mine for a while but it turned out to be a pretty good improvement for me so I would go for it if I were you the western digital blue's are pretty trick bits of gear but that is just my opinion but so far for me its a real goer, shop around there are good deals to be had for those who search well as this type of technology is dropping in price all the time now and becoming the mainstream method for OS installation.  Big Grin
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(06-06-2020, 07:40 AM)daphinoz65 Wrote: Hello to everybody reading this I'm Daphne from Sydney Australia and I feel compelled to tell you that I have been utilizing Linux Mint 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 cinnamon 64 and I am so impressed by this new system I have completely migrated from windows 7 64 home premium about 18 months ago now on my laptop an Acer 5750g and a desktop Acer m5811 and I do not require a rear view mirror one little bit.

My hardware is 2010 / 2011 era in both cases and it just works so well I'm not even using graphics cards as my CPU's in both cases just do the biz for my needs and they are a Desktop intel i5 650 3.2ghz twin core twin thread per core Clarkdale with 8gb ddr3 1333mhz 4 x 2gb dimm modules and a  Seagate SATA 1tb HDD single drive and a basic standard install setup and a laptop intel i3 2310m 2.1ghz twin core twin thread per core Sandybridge with 8gb ddr3 1333mhz 2 x 4gb Kingston sodimm modules with a western digital blue 500gb SSD and a basic standard install and they just rip now "open source is wonderful".

So thank you Linux Mint team for keeping my old hardware alive your effort is much appreciated it's just wonderful I love it, I would also like to thank Mr Joe Collins for all of the wonderful YouTube content that has really started to open the door on the Linux world for me I'm starting to like bash now as it's fast and efficient so if you see those view counters clocking up Joe
I am guilty hehehehe Arrow brilliant stuff thank-you very much !!!!.

Oh yeah I have converted one of my next door neighbours from windows 8 to the same os and set her up like an old pro and she loves it.

I can honestly say I haven't really had any major issues it feels solid and my needs for home tasks and web interactions are working great I just hope they decide to put the Goom visualization into VLC bionic I'm on the 3.0.8 version from the software manager at the moment and the themes and all other features I use are sweet.

I did have a go at snap VLC 3.0.10 and it does have Goom but I had issues with control + L for library causing two screens to display instead of the single GUI navigation not a biggie but unusual unexpected behaviour coming several weeks after install I though it may be a small bug so I decided to change to the standard install and I miss my Goom, anyway I hope your all safe and well, I just had to sign up just to say thanks and will be staying interested in the site and YouTube posts in the future signing out for now "Awesome". Big Grin
Hi Daphne.  I also have older hardware.  All of mine are Lenovo off-lease machines, a T420, a t400, and am 58P desktop.  All have been maxed out at 8Gb of RAM, and all have SSDs, the M58 has a 1Tb WD Blue SSD.  I use SolydK, a Danish distro with KDE.  All of my SSDs, and the M58P came from Newegg.com, one of the best mail order places.  I bought the two laptops on eBay, and was very picky about condition.  I started using Linux in early 2007, but dual booted with Windows until a few years ago, when Chirp  made it possible to program my Ham radios in Linux instead of windows.  Like you, I have never looked back!  I converted my brother and his wife from Win7 out of necessity.  They experienced a forced and unwanted install of Windows 10 on their Win 7 machine. I rolled it back, but it quickly became corrupted, so Linux was the only option as a win7 full install disk was not to be had.  They are not very tech savvy, but get along fine with solydK on a pair of Lenovo T400 laptops.  
If you look, you will find Linux in many unexpected places.  It is on many phones, TVs, and pretty much all streaming devices like Roku.  Also many e-readers, and even casino gaming machines.  I like keeping older hardware out of the landfills, and it suites my needs very well.  
TTYL
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