There is another possibility....mindset.
I was guilty of this myself....I approached linux as if it were complicated and necessitating an abundance of input...as if it required much grey matter exercise and hand wringing.......I was quite wrong......It is actually bog simple !
My son said to me dad...keep it simpler than what you are....if you need a program/app to do something...there is every likelihood that it is already there....you dont need to go to a programs web page and download it and then figure out how to actually install it on linux.......that can be so complicated you will end up throwing the pc out the window......and he was correct !....I needed something to organise my pics...it is already there...gthumb. How did i find it ?...google...search..."native pic organiser linux mint"....
In your searches for "how to" and "what do i use"...etc etc.....always add linux mint to your search words
In other words....I over thought the whole situation
All i am using this particular pc for is to browse...including reading news pages, accessing BC, retrieving emails, playing videos, ......fairly low key use......no business use at all. I do access banking websites as well .
It is safe. It is secure. (be sure you have enabled the firewall ) When you think about it how could anything actually be as insecure as windows???....by their own admission msft collects info about absolutely everything ...so it begs the question why would you hold your personal info out in the open air for them to collect and disseminate in any way they see fit.
google search enable firewall linux mint (THIS source is also quite good)
On the page linked....I hit ctrl f.....which brings up the search box down the bottom....I type 'firewall' in there (it saves me having to scour the page to find it)....and the instruction is sudo ufw enable ....then your password...( i deliberately kept mine simple because it has to be entered so many times (someone else may comment about the advisability of this)....thats it...finished. Wipe the sweat from your brow !
I could go on and on.....but then i will be told I am rambling.....
Edited by Condobloke, 09 May 2016 - 06:32 PM.