This is your login page
This is the welcome page
This is your widjet menu
This is what the file system looks like
This is for multi-tasking
The Linux Operating System
I install Linux Mint. It will feel instantly familiar to Windows users. It looks and works a lot like Windows XP . Linux Mint provides instant familiarity to Ubuntu users as well.
Linux Mint can still be installed on old computers you have sitting in your garage. You only need 512MBs of RAM to run it, although 1GB is recommended. You can fit Mint on a 10GB hard-drive, although 20GB is recommended.
As for a display you can run it on 1024x768 resolution or even lower if you don't mind using the ALT key to drag windows with the mouse.
Basic Linux Tools
- Software ManagerRuns .mint files, which are files containing instructions to install packages. Also enables installation of any of the programs listed directly from the desktop, instead of going to the site.
- Update ManagerDesigned to prevent inexperienced users from installing updates that are unnecessary or require a certain level of knowledge to configure properly. It assigns updates a safety level (from 1 to 5), based on the stability and necessity of the update.
- Main MenuA menu of options including filtering, installation and removal of software, system and places links, favorites, session management, editable items, custom places and many configuration options.
- Backup toolEnables the user to back up and restore data. Data can be backed up before a fresh install of a newer release, then restored.
- Upload ManagerDefines upload services for FTP, SFTP and SCP servers. Services are then available in the system tray and provide zones where they may be automatically uploaded to their corresponding destinations.
- Domain BlockerA basic domain blocking parental control tool introduced with v6. Enables the user to manually add domains to be blocked system-wide.
- Desktop Settings A tool for configuration of the desktop.
- Welcome screenAn application that starts on the first login of any new account. It provides links to the Linux Mint website, user guide and community website.
- USB Image WriterA tool for writing a image onto a USB drive or formatting a USB stick.
Programs That Come With
- LibreOfficeAn office suite that will process multi-format documents. Including Microsoft
- FirefoxA very popular web browser
- ThunderbirdA good solid email client
- HexChatA popular chat client
- PidginA popular chat client
- TransmissionA solid cross-platform BitTorrent client
- VLC media playerA multi-format media player
- GIMPAny kind of graghic editing
There are any number of other programs that can be added to Linux, for just about any application. Programs from accounting, to streaming. Feel free to ask, I can find or tweak to suit your needs.
Linux Mint can also run many programs designed for Microsoft Windows (such as Microsoft Office), using the Wine Windows compatibility layer software for Linux, or virtualization software, including VMware Workstation and VirtualBox, or KVM (Kernel based Virtual Machine, built into the Linux kernel) hypervisor using Virtual Machine Manager.