United Kingdom
Cinnamon Edition
2015-01-23 15:22:07

Embedded Hardware/Software and Windows software developer.
Volunteer as IT support at local community centre.
My first outing with Linux was a bit of a disaster. I think it was pre 2000 and I was trying to install Redhat on the computer I had at the time. Just couldn't get it to work so I didn't look at Linux again for a long time.
At the start of 2013 though I got a 'Raspberry Pi' which reawakened my interest in Linux and when I was given an old Dell C640 laptop with WIndows 2000 on it I decided to put a Linux distro on it. I opted for Lubuntu because of the laptop's limited resources and the OS installed without any problems. I also dual booted Kbuntu with Windows XP on my main computer at home. Again no installation problems.
With support ending for Windows XP I decided to upgrade my main computer to Windows 7 because I needed to run Visual Studio but I had other machines running XP so I wondered what to do with them. I decided I'd have a look at LinuxMint as I liked the look of the desktop so I installed 'Petra' on one of my machines and had a play. I liked it. :-)
I'm also looking after a number of PCs at a community centre. Five of these had Windows XP. They're normally used by the youth club though so I thought I'd put a Linux distro on one and see how the kids got on with it.
I initially tried Edbuntu but I just couldn't get on with the desktop so I installed 'Maya' (because it had LTS) with some of the educational packages that are installed in Edbuntu. (Thought about creating a new distro called MintEd :-) ). Result - kids loved it. The woman that runs the youth club even wants me to put it on her brand new Windows 8 machine!! I then saw that 'Qiana' would be out soon which also has LTS so I thought I would hold off deploying to the other machines until the official release.
16 May 2014: 'Qiana' RC
Dual booting Cinnamon with Windows 7 on one machine and complete install on another machine.
Title Score
Title Score
Hardware devices
Device Release
Aspire One (AO531H)
Acer 10.1" Netbook, Works fine with some minor problems
Mint (older version)
Home Built AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5400+ x 2, Works perfectly
Mint (older version)
Dimension 5000
Dell Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz x 1, Works perfectly
Mint (older version)
Thinkpad X31
IBM Intel Pentium M 1.4 Ghz, Works perfectly
Mint (older version)
Lenovo Intel(C) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU T7100 @ 1.80GHz x 2, Works perfectly
Mint (older version)
Optiplex 990
Dell isn't listed, Works perfectly
Mint (older version)
Software reviews
Software Score
"Plays intro and then crashes on Qiana Cinnamon."
"Love this game. Even plays well on my old Dell Dimension 5000!!"