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Wasn't my intention. redface.gif Could you help me understand were I was because I know I have a horrible time communicating and would like the feedback. I thought I made it clear I wasn't saying anything about you; I was talking about how often most of us here have come across people who keep expecting "free windows" and "it works this way in windows so if it doesn't in Linux then Linux is stupid" and they turn pretty confrontational when they get told that "Linux isn't Windows so don't expect it to act and do the same things".
What Linux community have you been around? They sound terrible. If I can get away with asking some rather boneheaded ideas and not get scolded I think anyone can. Just know some places like the Arch forums do expect some Google-Fu and actual research on your part before you ask a question. Most however don't.

 

My limited experience combined with what others have told me leads me to believe that in general, newbies are treated poorly more often than they are in general communities like OCN as a whole. But hey, I suppose it could also be one's perception of the response as well.

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My limited experience combined with what others have told me leads me to believe that in general, newbies are treated poorly more often than they are in general communities like OCN as a whole. But hey, I suppose it could also be one's perception of the response as well.

Trust me...if you hit the Arch forums or LinuxQuestions when certain users are there and ask a "dumb" question you can certainly get belittled. Happened to me once or twice. I however just took it as I goofed and after doing the cursory things asked they warmed up a little. Most of the time the majority will just remind you to do a little work so you can ask a better and more useful question that they can then help you with quicker. It's really no different than some of the Windows communities I've seen around the net...a variety of people and a variety of interactions are bound to happen.

But in general the biggest problem is trying to get people to understand that they are no longer on Windows and therefore need to be willing to do things a different way. They may actually find that new way far "easier/better". And at least in Linux we have the ability to choose what works for us. I can't believe how many people had issues with just the GUI of Win8.
     
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If it's a fairly new laptop, Mint 16's Cinnamon variant, which is functionally a lot like pre-8 Windows. If it's an older laptop, say C2D or older, Puppy Linux is very Windows-like and requires less hardware to run well. I'm typing this on a Dell D830 lappy right now, running Slacko Puppy 5.7. And it flies; you'd never know this was a seven-year-old machine.
     
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I think we are going to go with mint cinnamon. what would be the best way to go about the install? CD or usb?
     
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I think we are going to go with mint cinnamon. what would be the best way to go about the install? CD or usb?

USB is a lot faster
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I think we are going to go with mint cinnamon. what would be the best way to go about the install? CD or usb?

Shouldn't matter unless you have a computer that can't boot from USB which would be extremely unlikely. If you want to install through USB I'd recommend using something like either of the following
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

Both have directions and if you need help there are plenty here that will try to help you. And the others aren't as socially as deficient as I am. thumb.gif
     
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probably a common question how do I go about that, I was looking online and I was getting confused
     
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Shouldn't matter unless you have a computer that can't boot from USB which would be extremely unlikely. If you want to install through USB I'd recommend using something like either of the following
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

Both have directions and if you need help there are plenty here that will try to help you. And the others aren't as socially as deficient as I am. thumb.gif

lol
     
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post #19 of 26
I hate to say, but if you're trying to replace windows with Linux and are going to have windows-expectations, you will most likely end up disappointed.
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I was using YUMI I thought I gave it an iso for Mint cinnamon but apparently it was just mint. looking and running great though off the flash drive. (sent this from the laptop! biggrin.gif)
going to try and get the cinnamon and try again.
     
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