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Amidst the mass flame-war going on with Windows 8, I finally decided to jump back into Linux after nearly 7 years.

I went with was came most recommended, and downloaded the ISO for LMDE to install on one of my laptops to get a feel for it.

Haven't messed around with it all too much yet, but I do have some questions:

1) What's the best way to ensure the security of my laptop when browsing the net? Does this version of Linux feature a built-in AV that's top notch? Or like OSX, are we somewhat immune (nothing is truly virus free, for long anyway)?

2) How customizable is the UI, and where can I get some basic knowledge of tweaking/enhancing/personalizing and already gorgeous looking UI?

3) What else should I be made aware of about running LMDE?

Thanks!
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1) Mostly immune, remember that common sense here is the biggest thing. As long as you aren't downloading scripts from unkown sources and running them blindly you should be fine. Anything requiring root access will need your to enter the root password in, so if you don't know what something is, don't give it root access.

2) You can run " cinnamon-settings " from the terminal ( not sure if there's a shortcut or not for it ) and access the customization menu.

Themes can be downloaded from DeviantArt; http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/skins/linuxutil/?qh=&section=&q=cinnamon
Icons the same; http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/icons/os/nix/?order=9

There's also hundreds of other sites but most of the popular/best looking ones will be there.

Themes get extracted to /home/$USER/.themes/
Icons get extracted to /home/$USER/.icons/

3) Nothing smile.gif
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Just the kind of answer I was looking for!

I figured common sense is the biggest thing here. That's one thing I do like about OSX, is that any installation or alteration can be set to require a password giving it permission.

I'll be sure to check out the other stuff and report back with my feed back or any additional questions thumb.gif
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there is a short cut, I just can't remember what its called (it might just be cinnamon settings but I can't remember)

Good luck!
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Just the kind of answer I was looking for!
I figured common sense is the biggest thing here. That's one thing I do like about OSX, is that any installation or alteration can be set to require a password giving it permission.
I'll be sure to check out the other stuff and report back with my feed back or any additional questions thumb.gif

OSX was weaker...I could run programs as dmgs or some weird image format on any mac from a flash drive. It's part of the reason I enjoy using them at schools because I could do just about anything I wanted on them. But, now I just prefer using a live distro instead.
     
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Just the kind of answer I was looking for!
I figured common sense is the biggest thing here. That's one thing I do like about OSX, is that any installation or alteration can be set to require a password giving it permission.
I'll be sure to check out the other stuff and report back with my feed back or any additional questions thumb.gif

OSX was weaker...I could run programs as dmgs or some weird image format on any mac from a flash drive. It's part of the reason I enjoy using them at schools because I could do just about anything I wanted on them. But, now I just prefer using a live distro instead.

lol- I have a LMDE live disk in my backpacl that I take out to do school work at school. yeah, I'm kind of the class nerd.
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OSX was weaker...I could run programs as dmgs or some weird image format on any mac from a flash drive. It's part of the reason I enjoy using them at schools because I could do just about anything I wanted on them. But, now I just prefer using a live distro instead.

That's interesting. When attempting to run any dmgs from a flash drive, I get the password prompt.

All that aside, when I shut down and boot up the laptop, it goes through a sequence where it looks like it's loading kernel files, with a few lines reading (Warning!) and one entry that says (Failed!).

Any idea what this might be?
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That's interesting. When attempting to run any dmgs from a flash drive, I get the password prompt.
All that aside, when I shut down and boot up the laptop, it goes through a sequence where it looks like it's loading kernel files, with a few lines reading (Warning!) and one entry that says (Failed!).
Any idea what this might be?

No idea on the internals of OSX...I just might have been dealing with about three schools 2 CCs and one University with some poor setups but honestly...I couldn't install a program normally in OSX (it's normal way) due to the prompt but man...I could run skype and any browser or program I wanted so long as it was that dmg or whatever image format OSX allowed.

@jrl1357: I've actually gotten into conversations with people because I'd run Kubuntu and they'd either ask why I do it or how I made Windows look like a OSX (the effects in KDE). Other times it's been discussions on whether I'm "allowed to do that." which always made me laugh as I'd point out...I'm not actually doing anything to the school's property.
     
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No idea on the internals of OSX...I just might have been dealing with about three schools 2 CCs and one University with some poor setups but honestly...I couldn't install a program normally in OSX (it's normal way) due to the prompt but man...I could run skype and any browser or program I wanted so long as it was that dmg or whatever image format OSX allowed.
@jrl1357: I've actually gotten into conversations with people because I'd run Kubuntu and they'd either ask why I do it or how I made Windows look like a OSX (the effects in KDE). Other times it's been discussions on whether I'm "allowed to do that." which always made me laugh as I'd point out...I'm not actually doing anything to the school's property.

Hmm, I suppose if you've installed the programs to the flash drive, I can see how they'd be allowed to run, because the OS and computer recognize the flash drive as an external hard drive. That's how I was able to play WoW at school back in my high school days on locked down computers. The computers thought my old iPod was a hard drive tongue.gif

In terms of "installations" however, even if it's from a flash drive, I'm always asked for my password to run the install.

I'm sure there's a way to require a password for applications to be run from external drives as well, I just haven't looked into that. It seems I will though, as that's a good bit of knowledge to know.
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Hmm, I suppose if you've installed the programs to the flash drive, I can see how they'd be allowed to run, because the OS and computer recognize the flash drive as an external hard drive. That's how I was able to play WoW at school back in my high school days on locked down computers. The computers thought my old iPod was a hard drive tongue.gif
In terms of "installations" however, even if it's from a flash drive, I'm always asked for my password to run the install.
I'm sure there's a way to require a password for applications to be run from external drives as well, I just haven't looked into that. It seems I will though, as that's a good bit of knowledge to know.

Yeah I can't say for certain whether it was poor management or the OSX itself but the fact they had all the other methods of changing things on OSX blocked off it just sounds like there's no way they could have over looked that considering they had it working on windows. Ultimately, I just got tired of sitting behind the symbol of just about everything I despise so I just took my Kubuntu flash drive in.
     
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