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noordinaryspider wrote (edited )

I understand.

I started by using Windows versions of common Gnu/Linux programs. There was this site called GnuWinII at the time that aggregated them and also gave me relevant sections of Free Software, Free Society to read as I looked for what I needed.

Unfortunately, it's down now. It wouldn't be any big deal for me to find you a single Windows version of a Gnu/Linux program, nor would it take much time for any one of many people who care about you to do the same.

After that I started playing with Live CDs, which would would be either DVDs or bootable USB sticks in 2018. You can still access your files from Gnu/Linux, but your Windows install is unchanged when you shut down and boot into Windows.

From there you can dual boot....or even better, did you know that not being able to boot off of an external hard drive is a Windows thing?

So yea, it's a process. It's intimidating to think about as one giant chore, but that's how it kind of broke itself down into doable little steps and turned itself into a really fun hobby for one loyal (and sometimes rather pushy, lol) Gnu/Linux fan.

I'd love to share the enjoyment I get from my hobby with you or any other GNUbies in whatever capacity would be most helpful.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

Making a live Linux Mint bootable USB drive is only a few steps, and well worth it. People can learn how well their existing hardware works with it. I learned that my printers were found, driver was downloaded and installed, and everything just works. It was easier to set up than Windows 10, which can be pretty easy when doing a clean install from a USB stick made with MediaCreationTool1803