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​How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Linux, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Are you a Windows power-user? You can get and install Linux Mint running on your PC — either to try it out, or as a replacement for Windows.

Source: ​How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC | ZDNet

Linux Mint is considered one of the more convenient versions (distros) of Linux, since it comes with most of the Linux versions of useful programs and the interfaces are some of the more generally popular. This shows how to put it on a USB stick (faster than a DVD drive) and boot from that, or actually install on your hard drive as an alternate or primary operating system. (If you have an older computer that doesn’t play well with Windows 10, this might be a valid alternative.)

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Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes | ZDNet

Posted on August 14, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , |

Dump Windows completely and install only Linux Mint. The entire process took 10 minutes. Here are the details.

Source: Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes | ZDNet

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Linux desktop operating system: A beginner’s guide – TechRepublic

Posted on April 20, 2017. Filed under: Linux | Tags: |

TechRepublic posts: If you don’t know what the Linux desktop operating system is, or if you’re new to it, Jack Wallen’s quick explainer will get you up to speed.

Source: Linux desktop operating system: A beginner’s guide – TechRepublic

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How to Build Your Own Bootable Linux Live CD

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: |

MakeUseOf posts: It’s easy to create a DIY bootable live CD in Linux, using third-party tools or official Linux operating systems. Need help? Follow these steps to create a Linux Live CD in minutes.

Source: How to Build Your Own Bootable Linux Live CD

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How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Modern PCs ship with a feature called “Secure Boot” enabled. This is a platform feature in UEFI, which replaces the traditional PC BIOS. If a PC manufacturer wants to place a “Windows 10” or “Windows 8” logo sticker to their PC, Microsoft requires they enable Secure Boot and follow some guidelines.

Source: How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

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Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows | ZDNet

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, windows | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows

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How to Install and Use the Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10

Posted on June 27, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

HowToGeek posts: Windows 10’s Anniversary Update offers a big new feature for developers: A full, Ubuntu-based Bash shell that can run Linux software directly on Windows. This is made possible by the new “Linux Subsystem for Windows” Microsoft is adding to Windows 10.

Source: How to Install and Use the Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10

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Hands-on with Linux Mint Cinnamon’s Hot Corners

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post for Hands-on with Mint Cinnamon’s Hot Corners.

If you’re using Linux with the Mint Cinnamon interface, this is a neat shortcut technique.

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Six Clicks: Linux Mint tips and tricks

Posted on April 21, 2014. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , |

ZDNet has Six Clicks: Linux Mint tips and tricks.

This could be especially helpful for those who are shifting from Windows XP to Linux, too.

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Why XP Users Should Consider Zorin OS!

Posted on April 9, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Windows XP | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips discusses Why XP Users Should Consider Zorin OS!.

Zorin is a flavor of Linux, and comes in free and pay versions.  So, if you want to change to something safer than XP, this might be the answer.  It can look much like XP or Windows 7, and comes with a lot of pre-installed Linux software.

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How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC

Posted on April 1, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet explains How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC.

Since Microsoft is no longer supporting/updating Windows XP, you will be at increasing risk for viruses and other malware.

But what if your older PC can’t handle a newer version of Windows?

Answer: switch to the Linux operating system, and use the Mint version of it (which comes with the most popular add-ons already included).

AND — IT’S FREE!

Note: the “Cinnamon” interface is considered the closest Linux to Windows.

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Lubuntu – Linux for older PCs

Posted on April 21, 2013. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , |

Lubuntu “is targeted at PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware that, in most cases, just don’t have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the “full-featured” mainstream distributions. Members of the team take care of LXDE and other packages that are part of Lubuntu. Lubuntu received official recognition as a formal member of the Ubuntu family, commencing with Lubuntu 11.10.”

Basically, this is a version of Linux that can fill in for those who no longer want to use XP or older Windows versions, but don’t want to spend to upgrade to newer hardware or a newer Microsoft operating system.

“We have done many tests and we found out that Lubuntu can be installed on a Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM, but such a system would not perform well enough for daily use.

With 256MB – 384MB of RAM, the performance will be better and the system will be more usable.

With 512MB of RAM, you don’t need to worry much.

The default “Desktop” installer requires 384-800 MB of RAM (depending on selected options.)”

 

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How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

Posted on December 17, 2012. Filed under: Linux, Web 2.0, Web site creation | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has instructions on How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer.

If you need an online server, this is one low-budget way to create one.

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Data Locker from AppSense

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Encryption, Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Data Locker from AppSense enables ” users to easily encrypt sensitive information in their Dropbox account without sacrificing the convenience of anywhere access.

The DataLocker suite, offered for free by AppSense Labs, includes native clients for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The Windows and Mac clients are capable of encrypting and storing secure files in any local file system or cloud storage location, including Dropbox.”

For Linux users, try this article on ENCFS from MakeUseOf.

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10 small Linux applications I can’t live without

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic recommends 10 small Linux applications I can’t live without.

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DIY: Replace Ubuntu Unity with a different desktop

Posted on September 24, 2011. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic tells how to replace Ubuntu Unity with a different desktop for Ubuntu Linux users.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , |

TechSupportAlert has updated their Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation.

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10 things you can do to keep your new Linux users from bailing on you

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Linux | Tags: |

TechRepublic has 10 things you can do to keep your new Linux users from bailing on you.

If you’re setting up a Linux computer for somebody else (children? Seniors? non-tech people?), this will help them accept an alternative to Windows.

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Make your own backup in GNU/Linux with rsnapshot

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: backups, Linux | Tags: , , , , |

Free Software Magazine tells how to Make your own Wayback Machine or Time Machine in GNU/Linux with rsnapshot.

rsnapshot is included with Debian and Ubuntu distros of Linux.

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luckyBackup – backup and sync for Linux

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: backups, Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , |

luckyBackup is a backup and sync utility for Linux.

TechRepublic offers a very positive review.

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