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Finally Converted! Thanks Joe.
#1
I just wanted to shout out my personal thanks to Joe Collins.

I must have watched nearly every YT-Video during the first half of 2020. What with Covid-19 I have had plenty of time!  Anyway, 6-months on I have shrugged off the shackle that is Microsoft & Windows! It has taken a few mis-steps but after 6+ months, I have got all bar one PC in the house converted, the last Windows PC kept for gaming.

I started years ago with Mint 10 but never got on with it, so this year I installed Mint 19.3 at first and then tried Ubuntu. Ubuntu is not my cup of tea as I believe that Canonical wishes itself to be Apple/Microsoft and lock people in. (I won't get into an argument over this, it's just a personal feeling). So back to Mint and now LMDE 4.  It suits me, although I chose the Debian version because I baulk at Ubuntu stuff.

Anyway, my daily driver is now Linux LMDE 4 and the Windows 10 PC is rarely booted more than once per week.

RESULT - although still a new noobie, of course.
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#2
YES indeed Joe is great teacher/cheerleader and also lots of others youtubers lead me to wonderful world of freedom. I llike how UBUNTU 20 works on an older all in one computer that was giving many problems in windows 7 and now works great. Now my main computer a fairly good computer not upgraded but workable for me .....i dual booted for a month and messed around messed up so many times due to my silliness. Got tired of the windows verification crap. i have had numerous outlook emails have no ideal what they are. Last nite at 3am said hell with windows dune with em . So i used linux mint and i like it. Set up calibre for my books loaded the rhythmbox with my music organizing the firefox browser. And with the Lords help i will refrain from trying all the flavors of linux and stay were i at for a while.
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#3
I have got all bar one PC in the house converted, the last Windows PC kept for gaming. my talking tom 2
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#4
Dear Joe,

My most enthusiastic thanks for your twin advice not to dual boot Linux and Windows, and to look at buying a new Linux laptop quite economically at eBay as an alternative.

For @$125 I bought a used HP elitebook 8740 with 8gb of memory.  It only had a 200gb hard disk, but it served me well for learning purposes.

Then for @$120 more I got a 1TB SSD. Then for about @60 more I got an additional an additional 8GB of memory for a total of 16GB.

The final result; for $305 I got a really powerful laptop with 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD.

Note that I only paid the additional incremental costs as desired.

The laptop came with Linux Mint 19.1 (Cinnamon) installed, and I have since upgraded to 19.2 and 19.3. The "pre-installation" meant that there were NO hardware compatibility issues at any time.

Chaim Frazer
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#5
Watching some of Joe Collins videos last night which is what directed me to the Forum.
Not too long ago I did not know what a Terminal was.

Now thanks to Joe and many others I can build my own Computers and install software.
Not quite mastered Arch yet but getting there.
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