OK, so I’m dating a techie-in-training and he set up a re-purposed PC with the open-source Linux Mint operating system (and a cool picture-frame monitor) for me to use. We took the suggestion to look at Mint from Liz, who put it on one of the office laptops. (One of the many office laptops stolen last week by some gutless low-life punk.)
Anyway, the ‘new computer’ looks lovely in my office and I’m really happy with the OS. Mint behaves intuitively and comes pre-loaded with Firefox and OpenOffice…and really, what do I need besides that? Nothing.
I want to see if this is a viable option and possible substitute for Microsoft at our libraries, especially the smaller ones that have better things to spend their money on besides Microsoft Office licenses.