First Post from Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa”

Talk about an early holiday gift that got me going – a nice little upgrade to Linux Mint, from 19 to 19.1 “Tessa.” Sorry Tara, I know our relationship was short lived. Hah!

Anyway, some nice features for me and one not-so-nice one was in the works. Upgrading was a cinch, going to the update manager while the computer did the rest. Awesome stuff, the easiest and fastest OS upgrade I’ve ever performed. So with that, what do I think of the new 19.1?

There are some minor annoyances but a huge gain for me. Concerning the minor annoyances, I’m disappointed screensaver support was dropped so now just going to a dimmed desktop background with a clock over it. When I’m using my computer I don’t ever let it idle long enough to go to a screensaver anyway so this isn’t really an issue. Also, I found out really quickly I don’t like the “modern” panel and vastly prefer the smaller, less obtrusive “classic” panel. No big deal, at least they still have it as an option and hopefully will keep it in future releases of Mint. I did, however, have to re-theme everything after my short experiment as your themes and settings (applets, panel buttons, etc.) are reset to default when you switch panel modes.

Concerning the benefits, for one thermoregulation seems a bit better and I think 19.1 more accurately reports and regulates the temperature of the AMD Ryzen/Zen+ processors as I’m concistently running about 2C cooler during light-to-medium tasks.

So that’s all fine and good, but the huge thing for me? Look what is now functional that was not in Mint 19:

webcam

Yep, it appears as though 19.1 added support for the new HP/Chicony FHD IR camera! For HP users who have this camera, this upgrade is worth it just for that.

With that said, since I found myself just not really using Windows at all after going to Mint, I just wound up wiping Windows altogether and claiming that additional 250GB of hard drive back. That was easy enough to do by creating a bootable USB drive to use GParted Live and deleting the Windows partition and giving that back to free space.

With that, I think for me the migration to Linux is now complete after I’ve now also kicked Microsoft out the door.

EDIT 12/23/18: I was able to get my screensaver back by installing the full version of Xscreensaver (rather than just hacks which was the Mint screensaver package prior) Instructions for how to set it up can be found on the Linux Mint Forums. Turn off the default screensaver, follow these set up instructions and you should be in business. Of course, being a Mac-to-Mint convert there’s just something so comforting about the Flurry screensaver (mentioned in a previous post) so I’m glad to have that back.

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And A Happy Ending for My MacBook Pro…

Well turns out my MacBook Pro wasn’t dead at all.

I was able to boot it into recovery mode and wipe the hard drive in preparation to send it off for recycling but my BIL wanted to try to revive it. No problem, can’t hurt right?

After unsuccessfully attempting to install macOS, I got the idea to try converting it to a Mint machine. I still have the bootable flash drive after all.

Well guess what? IT WORKED!!!!

Breathed new life into what I thought was a dead computer. Now the sister and BIL have a working computer they can use as they need. They have a newly refurbished what I’m going to refer to as a “Mintintosh” or “MintBook Pro” – either one works right? A friend also suggested “AppleMint” – that one is also good.

Talk about the ultimate “fuck you” to Apple! I am feeling so evil yet so accomplished right now. Muhahahahaha!!!!!

Linux Mint Update

So this is Day 2 of me being live on Linux Mint and let me just say I am already in love!

The operating system is so fast, so smooth and so intutitive that it’s like falling in love with computers all over again. I’ve got everything working now except for my webcam but as I rarely use that anyway I am not too worried about that honestly.

As far as theming, I’m already feeling much more at home as I essentially themed my mint to look like macOS with the background image I used on that and setting up my “quick launch” buttons on the bottom taskbar to mimic the dock – albeit much smaller and much less obtrusive than the macOS dock:

desktop

As far as the features, man I am in love. This thing runs 3D Lift Plan (the web-based software I use for day-to-day lift plans) faster than my work computer that has twice the RAM (this is a 16 GB machine; my Dell work computer running Windows 10 Pro has 32 GB)! How can I ask for more than that? Of course, I also get the stability and security that I loved in macOS with this as it’s built on the same UNIX kernel.

Can’t you tell I’m just totally in love? I hope you can. In my opinion the various distros of Linux are the the future of computing. The freedom, functionality and stability of the UNIX kernel as well as being able to choose the “flavor” of Linux that best suits your needs and fancies just makes it the ideal platform in a lot of respects.

Anyway, time to get back to just enjoying this.

First Post From Mint!

Hi All!

I am back in business. I now have Linux Mint 19 Codename Tara Version Cinnamon installed on my new HP Laptop. Everything is running completely smoothly now (including the WiFi – it was just a matter of finding the correct source code to install the proper driver for the AMD Ryzen chipset).

I can already tell this is going to be an excellent change. The OS is so fast, so responsive and so simple I feel like I’ve been taken back 20 years in time! I’m only 31 but I appreciate beauty in simplicity and function when I see it. This definitely delivers that.

Anyway, I need to get back to work but I figured you all would be interested to know that. All is well.