mintCast 321.5 – Wololo


In our Innards section, we decide when it’s the right time to suggest switching to Linux.

And finally, our community feedback.


  • Intro
  • When NOT to recommend
    • Dependence on proprietary software
      • Audio/video production, but depends on the need. Some FOSS applications are very good at the basics
    • Too resistant to change
    • Not receptive to idea of free software being quality – assume free = low quality and not professional or dependable
    • When they have unsupported hardware
  • When to recommend
    • Mostly just uses their computer for Internet and email
    • Already uses some open source software, Open/LibreOffice, Firefox, VLC, GIMP/Glimpse etc.
    • Have unsupported Win version (Vista, etc) on old hardware
    • Interested in new stuff
    • Wants to learn to program
  • Put Linux on in a dual boot
    • “Just in case” second OS for someone who will primarily use Windows/Mac
      • Grub Customizer to move Linux to 2nd boot option in this scenario
    • Linux first, retain Windows/Mac “just in case”
  • Distro to use
    • Mint, obviously
    • Fedora if they want to get into computer administration or IT
    • MX for older machines or dislike of systemd {which other light 32-bit distros?}
    • Deepin or Pearl Desktop 8 for super pretty desktops (both of these may be contraindicated for political reasons)
    • Don’t be afraid to recommend buying used hardware when the user really needs it. T430s and X220s are cheap and will be good for another 5+ years. Any intel first gen i3/5 or AMD equivalent (6), is more than adequate for low resource case usage.
    • Anything else, for different use cases?


  • Henrik Hemerin .



  • George From Tulsa

Cinnamon Spices:

  • John

  • Peter Jones
  • Brad Alexander

  • Bill Dietrich


  • Moss – new find, FossPost – they also have a Telegram (announcements only) called OpenPigeon


  • Next Show: Nov 17, 2019 – 2PM central time


Before we leave, we want to make sure to acknowledge some of the people who make mintCast possible …

  • Josh Lowe for all his work on the website and the livestream (We’ve had over 60 listeners today on the backup mixer platform and brought on some new listeners who’ve never heard of the podcast)
  • Bytemark Hosting for hosting and our Mumble server
  • for hosting our audio files
  • The Linux Mint development team for the fine distro we love to talk about <Thanks, Clem!>

One Reply to “mintCast 321.5 – Wololo”

  1. Gordon Campbell

    I run several Linux systems at home, but support Windows Server at work, required for several proprietary accounting and tax programs. I feel you gave out some misinformation: there is a 2019 version of Windows Server. We run the previous version on multiple computers, and it’s rock solid.

    I have Mint Mate on a 32-bit netbook which I use as a file server. Solid as a rock, and just sips electricity.

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