We are two friends who have been fascinated with computers and technology since the beginning of the 1990s. We are long time Windows users since Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, but since the late 1990s/early 2000s we played with Linux (at the time it was Fedora, Debian, Slackware, Mandriva and SuSe). But it was always for a short period of time, since at that time gaming and serious video/photo editing was more than limiting on Linux, so we went quickly back to Windows every time we tried it.
Sporadically we would try out certain distros (Debian, Ubuntu or Mint), but nothing serious nor for a really long time. Until late August 2019. It all started as a joke, it was initiated mostly because of our dissatisfaction with data mining, increasing surveillance and lack of privacy in Windows 10.
So we are trying, once again, a total shift from Windows to Linux. We chose Linux Mint, as it is a quite newbie friendly, it is rock solid, and stable. Also, we are not programmers, and do not wish to compile files nor do we want to use ages tweaking codes and lines in a terminal or vim. We just want to use our machines for whatever we want to use them for (gaming, writing, browsing, video editing). And we feel that Linux Mint fits perfectly our requirements. We hope to make this shift permanently this time, and therefore to make things easier for us and other newcomers, we created this Linux Mint Handbook.