Last weekend, I decided to install Linux Mint on my laptop. This would be the second or third time, I’ve attempted such feat, having successfully installed Ubuntu and Linux Mint on different computers in the past. In my previous attempts, my Linux experimentation didn’t last more than a few hours. I’d usually get the system to dual boot, look around some, and then decide the learning curve would be too high. I couldn’t find a solid reason to truly stick with Linux, so I’d just revert back to Windows and eventually delete my Linux partition.
This time I had a little more motivation to stick with it. 1. I’m growing more and more privacy conscious. 2. My laptop hasn’t been running so well.
I decided I’d dual boot Windows 10 with Linux Mint on my Acer laptop, which I had done once before. I figured it would take me an hour and I’d be off and running with little to no issues. Well… that didn’t happen. I installed it over and over again, repartitioning, defragging, and modifying the BIOS trying to get it to boot. For whatever reason, I just could not get the dual boot menu to show up.
My planned hour long project slowly turned into a day and a half long project, which ultimately saw me going with the nuclear option of fully installing Linux Mint. Actually, this was sort of done of necessity, since I managed to prevent even Windows from booting up and I was just at my wits end. I lost some media files that I’ve kept around for a long time, but other than that my losses were minimal. It actually might be nice starting back at square one and rebuilding my collection of items that I actually am passionate about now vs. ten or fifteen years ago.