This topic was started because my original topic evolved from a login & password issue to this one... (installing LM 18)
I think it might be wise to explain my current setup:
I have a 'home' network consisting of 4 desktop PCs that I, obviously, use alternatively (all 4 are 'wired'.) Also, on this same network are 4 other wireless devices that my wife & daughter use. (a Nexus7 eBook, HP laptop, HP netbook, Dell 2in1 Tablet/laptop, NextBook tablet.
Of my 4 desk-tops, 2 are Win7, 1 is Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon, and the 4th is a rarely used FreeDOS (I don't even know what version it is) resurrected PC. It's resurrected from the 1990s (733 Mhz Intel CPU.) It runs most of my old treasured software from the bygone days.
.My Linux PC is one that I built from spare parts and that I recently upgraded last year. When I first built it, it was buit as a minimalist PC since, after all, it was a secondary PC. About a year later though, I wanted more out of it so I doubled the RAM (now 8mb), added an SSD (120gb), replaced the defective HDD with a 500gb WesternDigital, upgraded the onboard video with a snazzy PCI Express (16) Nvidea (???) 5200(?) not exactly sure whch one. I do know it's NOT one of those high end gamer ones that can cost well over $200. Mine was well below $100.
This PC first ran Win 7 until I ditched Win7 and put Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon on it. The HD has a separate partition on it with all my old DLs on it that I kept and that I eventually need to go through.
When I first installed LM17.2 on this PC, I used Linux daily and was getting fairly accustomed to its little differences. Since I didn't like the direction Win was heading, I thought I'd better switch to Linux, so I did and thus began facing the journey that lied ahead of me (learning the new Linux OS, new to me, of course)
Then when I upgraded the CPU Cooler on this Win7 PC, I started using it again more & more. Ater all, the new cooler & the PC itself represents a healthy investment.
OK, so why don't I just put Linux Mint on THIS PC? Well, several reasons, including:
- I don't know Linux that well, yet.
- I don't know how or even IF I can install my beloved HP Office Jet 8500 wireless inkjet printer.
- In 2010, I bought a copy of MS Office 2010 Student. (my wife & I use it quite regularly)
My opinion of Linux is still quite high. My opinion of Win, though, is slowly rising up out of the ashes... Which one will rule over my network? Well, I'm leaning more towards Linux, but the jury's still out...
I welcome any thoughts or opinions.