Thursday, March 6, 2014

Linux Mint

Although I enjoy using all flavours of Linux, my distro of choice is Linux Mint.
Their home page is:
Currently I am running Linux Mint 13 LTS (long term support) Xfce 64-bit on my Alienware M15x laptop.
Looking forward to Linux Mint 17 LTS which should be out in May or June (for the Xfce version).
Have been running Linux Mint since version 6 from 2009.
Check out my Blogspot post from that time: i-linux-therefore-i-am

Also running Manjaro Xfce 32-bit on my Asus EeePC 1000 netbook. Manjaro is an excellent rolling release distro based on Arch.

On Facebook I run the following group: Linux Mint Facebook Group
We currently have 11,143 members. Yes, you read that right!
It has been a runaway train of people asking to join the group, and we have a good core of members who post and discuss.
A huge thank you to all members, and the 3 admins who assist me running the group.

Although not mine, I am a member of Google+ Linux Mint Community and highly recommend that group too.

For about 5 years I have been part of Blue Grass Linux User Group which has really taught and encouraged me to learn more about Linux.
I highly encourage every Linux user to search out and find their local LUG, and if they have one, to join it!

Quite often you shall see me chatting in the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel of #linuxmint-chat on the server.
If you are able to login with a client such as XChat, please do so, but SpotChat also provides this java chat link: SpotChat Connect

Over the past year I have enjoyed listening to, and even being a part of MintCast.
Their website is at: and have a Google+ Community at MintCast Google+ Community

Rob, Scott, and various guests, discuss Linux and tech in general, and record normally on Monday evenings at 8:00pm Eastern USA, or Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm (guessing here).
The live-stream while recording may be listened to here: MintCast Live Stream
They too have a chat channel on SpotChat, which is #mintcast

Reminder to Windows XP users; Microsoft's support of your system ends on Tuesday 8th April 2014. That's only 33 days away!

If you are not a current user of Linux and are interested in finding out more, please contact me, or reach out to the community in the various ways linked above.


  1. peter@max ~ $ inxi -F
    System: Host: max Kernel: 3.2.0-60-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.11.2 Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
    Machine: System: Alienware (portable) product: M15x version: A08
    Mobo: Alienware model: N/A version: A08 Bios: Alienware version: A08 date: 08/24/2010
    CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7 CPU Q 740 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx)
    Clock Speeds: 1: 931.00 MHz 2: 1730.00 MHz 3: 1730.00 MHz 4: 931.00 MHz 5: 931.00 MHz 6: 931.00 MHz 7: 931.00 MHz 8: 931.00 MHz
    Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GT216M [GeForce GT 240M] X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz, 1600x900@60.0hz
    GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 240M/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 304.116
    Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24
    Card-2: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    Card-3: Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 driver: USB Audio
    Network: Card-1: Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
    IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:26:b9:ff:75:aa
    Card-2: Broadcom BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n driver: wl
    IF: eth1 state: dormant mac: c0:cb:38:2c:65:fc
    Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (60.5% used) 1: /dev/sda ST9500420AS 500.1GB
    Partition: ID: / size: 56G used: 15G (28%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 398G used: 268G (71%) fs: ext4
    ID: swap-1 size: 6.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
    Sensors: Error: You do not have the sensors app installed.
    Info: Processes: 213 Uptime: 1:02 Memory: 2012.7/5959.2MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33

  2. Google+ Screenshot post