dstiles - 8:06 pm on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
2) I fairly often install non-repository apps. Easy to do using apt-get. Unless it's adobe flash, which is a real pain to upgrade. But then, adobe is a real pain anyway.
3) I only recently discovered Mint has no auto-update path. Since I'm on the Maya LTS version I hope they fix this by the next LTS release. That (so far) is my only real qualm about Mint. Prior to that I used Ubuntu (last version 10.04): as you say, switching to Mint was easy. Mint Maya is based on Ubuntu Precise and perhaps that is why there is no proper upgrade path: it presumably needs to be re-based on the next version of Ubuntu. Shame, though.
4) There was a report last week (threatpost[.]com[/]linux-kernel-update-fixes-dos-leakage-bugs[/]102463 - remove brackets) that debian kernel was vulnerable BUT patches were issued at that time. This is a serious advantage of linux: issue fixes and updates when they are available rather than "Let's wait a few weeks and issue several at the same time." I know the theory behind MS's tactics but it's still a serious infection vector. (But, as you say, not really the thread for a proper security discussion.)
5) Never used dreamweaver: I used html-kit on windows (wife still does) and found it adequate but kate (for me) works better (though I do not like KDE software in general: see other recent threads hereabouts for reasons). Never used photoshop - I used to use Corel Paint - but now use gimp: difficult to get used to and it sometimes takes me a while to do something (I don't do much graphics work these days) but generally better. Still haven't found a converter for gimp from native Corel files, though, so occasionally back to windows for that.
6) Not particularly true if, like me, you maintain a Windows server. I have always used ftp to upload/download files in any case so never got involved with direct file linkage: I suspect it's more difficult to access a Windows server that way in any case. I do use a local Windows server to develope web sites and have experienced problems accessing is from SOME tools - kate, for example. Using smb4k gets over the problem but if a machine goes off-line smb4k hangs (and see note above re: KDE). On my current desktop I've worked around this: instead of loading smb4k I link via /home/(me)/.gvs/ instead. I tried via /mnt/ but that's not reliable. But once established, accessing windows machines is fairly straightforward.
10) YES. I've been talking to XP owners and urging them to switch to linux while they still have time to run the two OS's side by side for comparison. My nephew is about to run a DVD boot to try Mint before installing it as either a dual-boot or as a single OS. His father already runs Mint and XP on different machines and is soon to convert to running all off-line accesses through linux - once we can get flash to run on his linux box! :(
There are downsides to linux. A month ago I bought a cheap second-hand machine to run as a backup mail server, my windows machine having developed an alergy to summer heat. I installed Mint Maya Mate and chose postfix/dovecot. I am still pursuing the installation at a couple of hours per day. ALMOST there now but out-of-the-box it ain't, despite claims. I know it's powerful but a choice of installations for various scenarios would have helped immensely (internal use only, external-facing full mail server, backup mail server etc). As it is I've had to trawl the internet for almost every parameter and still it won't resolve MX records. On the upside, it's far more powerful than either of the windows mail servers I've been running for the past several years (mailenable and hmailserver) and is already blocking things I could only dream of before! :)
In all, I'm glad I now run linux as my primary OS and wish I'd never listened to the bloke who insisted MS would be better. I'd already got to grips with perl and the linux command line: I'd be far better off now all round. Most specifically I am not looking forward, over the next few months, to upgrading from windows 2003 server to whatever-the-latest-fad is. Which comes under 8) above, I guess. :)