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Yeah, my Mint Linux experience was good too. The only thing that wasn't working after the install was the printer. Just had to go to the Brother's website, download and install.
So far (about 3 months now) everything is working great. It helps that I pretty much just use open source/cross platform applications for my normal computing needs (Firefox, Thunderbird, Octave, Libre Office, g++, etc). I really like being in control of my own freaking computer!
I haven't touched it in over 5 years. Once you get over the novelty aspect and need to do something simple like install a driver, you realize it's just not worth it. OK, I've gotten it to boot, now what do I do with it? Install Wine so I can run Windows apps?
Ahhh, takes me back to my first Linux experience. Lost an entire Sunday trying to install the bleeding thing. This was when I was at uni (Dial Up internet, so couldn't download a better installer with ease). Personally why the Linux desktop, it owns the embedded world.
I had to turn off Hyper-V. I think VMWare and Hyper-V don't work well together, if you want one you'll have to turn off the other.
There was this quick command that turned it on or off... I needed it for a Windows Phone Emulator, that wasn't fun as I really need both. Spend an afternoon editing some code, restarting, testing, restarting, editing, restarting, etc.
1: managed to install solaris in 2005 - somehow got a gui once and never again. no idea what was going on. gave up.
2: installed some sort of linux distro we used as a firewall as work in 2009. didn't know what was going on; no gui. gave up.
3: installed centos in 2013. made an enormous cockup while trying to be clever with the partitions. spent two days trying to fix the grub bootloader and editing various things using vim. had no idea what i was doing and didn't get it right. enjoyed all of it for some reason. reinstalled successfully and played around with it for a bit and now i like linux, but i hardly ever get a chance to use it. but i try.
Let me tell you what happened: tried Ubuntu, Arch, OpenSUSE and Mint in VM - installed Mint for dual boot - started windows less and less - last xmas (!) I had enough and removed the stupid windows partition to make space for my steam games - now I am a very Happy Linux user
I'm fine with this: Windows at work, Linux at home - besides VisualStudio I miss nothing on Linux - the other way ... well let's say I am at the point where I happily install emacs just to get eshell ^^
IMO if you are a programmer that is not married to Microsoft (you don't develop .net or work in an AD environment) then you should go for Linux - it's just the saner choice.
I basically had the exact same experience, just add a few more distos to the tried list. Even had a spare laptop and installed them right to hardware.
Now I'm running Mint in Dual boot, and only use Windows for games.
Mint is my daily machine. I even have VMware workstation on my Linux host and run a Win VM for .NET programming.
I develop .NET with SQL Server back-ends
I want some Linux to try something else for a change and to mess around with some tools like Docker, Jenkins, what have you, without messing up my working machine.
I'm currently at Mint, but I get some issues with screen resolutions...
I remember when I did it... the installation and config was not bad, it went well.... the problem was when I start using it... dude, totally lost, and the applications and easy stuff I used to do in Win, were totally a mess. In my case I installed a fresh version in a separated Hard Disk, so no boot issues at all, I just chose what HDD want to start from the Bios Boot sequence, that allowed no intrusion from Win into Linux, or Linux on Win (I could remove anyone without problems)
Then even if it was a more stable, OS, my final user experience was so bad, that I toke me some minutes to understand that no one in my home or office would be able to use it, they will not be able to find the apps or do their work. You can compare it to today's Windows Phone vs (Android or Iphone) even when Windows Phone requires less Hardware and resources, is faster, you can call it Better, people doesn't like it cause they don't know how to use it, even when you teach them how to use, they will not like it cause the rest of the world is not using it!!!
Agree, as Android had growth to become a more complex OS, it now suffer from the issues of bigger OS: more memory, more processor, too much default background process, less battery life, and developers are like we got a lot of memory, who cares!!!....
I got one Lumia 625 for free, and I was like WTF how can this phone do all this with just 512MB!!! now got my hands in a lumia 1520 and I'm like what a beast!!! I wanted it to try to develop some Apps, and now I'm using it as my main phone, it's quicker, easier and faster, only current issues is Whatsapp not being able to save pictures in a different folder, dude everything is spaming in the photos app, but everything else is awesome, got all the apps I was using for real in my old Note 2. (now my Note 2 is taking vacations, it's safely stored in my home desk)
Something eerily similar happened to me on Tuesday. I've been running Ubuntu in VMware for several months for development in Qt targeting a small device.
After accepting available updates, I agreed to "restart now." It failed to boot. A more Linux-knowledgeable colleague got it working again for me. He backed out the kernel update, which in my case was linux-image-22.214.171.124-generic.