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Windows 7: I was bored, so I made this - enjoy

12 Mar 2013   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
I was bored, so I made this - enjoy

Since I did not have much to do, I thought it would be fun to explore other operating systems. After all, with the recent developments in Windows, you never know where this will end up.

I looked at a variety of Linux distros. They have an adorable price of $0 and are easily installed in VMware player. In the past, I had already used Fedora and Ubuntu plus a few other smaller distros. The new Ubuntu with the Unity UI I did not like. Zorin was the first distro with which I had fun. Then I switched to Mint Cinnamon which is pretty nice but I finally settled for Mint Mate, the Nadia edition. That is a really nice operating system highly customizable which should suffice for any average user.

So I produced a small set of video tutorials that explain how to setup Linux Mint Mate. The first 6 videos cover the following subjects :

Basic setup after installation
Refining the Theme and Skin
Start Menu and Taskbar settings
Terminal window setup
Installing and uninstalling Programs
Screen Recording

In addition there is a link to a PDF with the topic : Installation of Mint Mate in VMware Player. This section contains a written tutorial and three videos.

If you are interested in the subject, download the control sheet (a PDF) from my Skydrive.


Full link for the PDF:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211856
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12 Mar 2013   #2

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

I have used Ubuntu but switched to Zorin which i do like but will give Mint Mate a try many thanks
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12 Mar 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I love Zorin too. But Mint Mate is a lot richer and has more possibilities. Have a look at the videos - especially the one about Terminal (#4) and you will see.
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12 Mar 2013   #4

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

I have bookmarked the page for future reference as at present i am traveling and have mobile broadband which is not the
best
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12 Mar 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is only a 2 page pdf control sheet. So a download should not be a problem.
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13 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

IMO Linux mint cinnamon has got to be my favorite Linux distro. Would use it more often if it had more support for my pc games. Tried running some but I got worse performance so I kept them on windows 7 instead.
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27 Mar 2013   #7

Win7 64
 
 

But it's Linux

If you don't like the GUI, reconfigure it or just change it.

Most people turn off Linux because of the obscure names for programs, it looks different etc.

You're seeing now, how W8 is upsetting a lot of Windows users.
Why ???
The GUI has changed.
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27 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Since I did not have much to do, I thought it would be fun to explore other operating systems. After all, with the recent developments in Windows, you never know where this will end up.

I looked at a variety of Linux distros. They have an adorable price of $0 and are easily installed in VMware player. In the past, I had already used Fedora and Ubuntu plus a few other smaller distros. The new Ubuntu with the Unity UI I did not like. Zorin was the first distro with which I had fun. Then I switched to Mint Cinnamon which is pretty nice but I finally settled for Mint Mate, the Nadia edition. That is a really nice operating system highly customizable which should suffice for any average user.

So I produced a small set of video tutorials that explain how to setup Linux Mint Mate. The first 6 videos cover the following subjects :

Basic setup after installation
Refining the Theme and Skin
Start Menu and Taskbar settings
Terminal window setup
Installing and uninstalling Programs
Screen Recording

In addition there is a link to a PDF with the topic : Installation of Mint Mate in VMware Player. This section contains a written tutorial and three videos.

If you are interested in the subject, download the control sheet (a PDF) from my Skydrive.


Full link for the PDF:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211856
I have never used linux but this post made me want to try it. I downloaded VirtualBox and am now busy downloading Linux Mint Mate but would like to know what the advantages of using linux in a virtualization program are. Why do you use it?
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27 Mar 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I have never used linux but this post made me want to try it. I downloaded VirtualBox and am now busy downloading Linux Mint Mate but would like to know what the advantages of using linux in a virtualization program are. Why do you use it?
There are several advantages to run in VMware player (or vBox):

1. You can run it side by side with your host system

2. If you install the tools. you can share the clipboard or drag/drop over system boundaries

3. Your host bootmgr is not changed by the Grub - that's a big deal and an important reason why I do not install a double boot Linux

4. Easy to backup the virtual system, just copy the VMware folder to a safe place

5. Easy to move the virtual system. I just moved the VMware folder to an external USB3 attached SSD and run it from there

6. You can have many systems installed in VMware Player. I have Mint Mate, Mint Cinnamon, Ubuntu, Puppy, Fedora, Zorin, Windows 8. But there is really no limit. The limit is your disk space.
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27 Mar 2013   #10

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Thank you! I'm using VirtualBox and have several Linux VM's running (Ubuntu 12.10 and Open SUSE) and I'll try these others, too!
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