reply to post by ProfessorChaos
I currently run Mint 13, just because it's an LTS release, and supported til 2017. Remember, they are going to obsolete XP in 2013. Might be a good
idea to switch. You need a modern computer to run anything above XP, like 2 gb ram min. Mint fits just fine on the older systems. You can get the
LTS release before Maya, and that should keep your old XP systems running til the hardware fails.
My first computer was a 7 Mhz beast with 64 kb of ram. No hard drives yet, but the first modem was 300 baud. I go back to the beginning.
My first hard drive was a 40 mb monster for the Amiga. I thought, OMG, there's no way I can use that much room!
Ah, the memories.
I have an 8 gb USB flash drive set up to boot any PC that will boot from USB, which covers mostly anything modern enough to still be usefully fast.
Yeah, and a whole collection of LiveCDs of Mint flavors, able to boot any PC alive.
Often, I use a Mint LiveCD to boot a corrupted Windoze laptop/tower, fix the partitions, copy off the customer's "vital" information, and return it
to normal. (Tech support on the side.)
Of course, I stay up to date, and tinker with building my own Android ROMS. But then again, Android is based off Linux, which is based off Unix. Mac
is also 'nix based, but went the same unfortunate proprietary route that Windoze did.
I use Mint 13 just because it works nicely. It does everything I want it to, and will do things I haven't asked it yet. I was a long time Ubuntu
user, but the Mint fork is, IMO, so much nicer, and uses the same repositories. I tend to get lazy, and like the flashy GUI.
Oh, and BTW, I'm running the Cinnamon desktop. I had to do a mental battle between that and MATE, but I'm guessing that Cinnamon is going to be the
new standard in GUI.