Now that I have Linux Mint installed, it’s time to start setting things up the way I like them.
I decide to tackle Firefox, which came installed and once I synced it up well… there was no need for tinkering. It works just as great as always, but seems to run a bit faster which may just be my imagination.
Next thing, I wanted to get my VPN up and running. I use VPN Unlimited and this installed relatively easy. There was a link on the website for a distro (I hope I’m using that term correctly) and although it gave me some weird error, it did in fact install.
I wasn’t able to get it to connect though and after a day of trying and researching, I decided to contact the customer service which responded promptly with some simple directions. It seems like the program just has a design flaw. It’s hard to tell that you are able to make some changes in the settings due to the coloring and greying out of the options. It didn’t (at least to me) seem like I could actually change those settings. Luckily, I could and once I did, it instantly connected.
Next I installed KeePass and qTorrent, which went smoothly and I experienced no issues.
I tested out some documents, images, and videos, and everything worked perfectly. There were no issues and everything opened quickly which I love. I’ve always kept my Windows as stripped down as possible, but the last year just hasn’t been kind to my cheap Acer laptop. I had intended on doubling up on the memory and adding a SSD, but I never got around to it and I think I paid the price with subpar performance. I don’t do many taxing tasks, but when everything seems to hesitate when opening I felt like I spent more time waiting to do things (not to mention the Windows Updates) instead of acting accomplishing whatever I set out to do.
So, far I’m very impressed with Linux. I see lots of familiar programs that I don’t use often but occasionally do use (like Audacity) and so far the performance has been a big step up from Windows 10. I’ve also experienced a certain satisfaction out of installing Linux and figuring things out. It makes me feel like I’m part of the process and not just someone on the outside pretending to be in control. I guess, it sort of flashes me back to the 90’s, when computing and the internet were a little different.
My only complaint right now is my right clicker on my mouse pad seems to be more sensitive or does different things than what it did on Windows. I haven’t researched this or isolated it yet, but I’ve had to make a conscious effort to make sure I’m click on the left side fully.