I have been fascinated with computers and technology since the beginning of the 1990s. I am a long time Windows user, since Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, but since the late 1990s/early 2000s I played with Linux (at the time it was Fedora, Debian, Mandriva and a few obscure ones). 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 I went quickly back to Windows every time I tried it.
Sporadically I 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 almost as a joke, it was initiated mostly because of my dissatisfaction with data mining, increasing surveillance and lack of privacy in Windows 10.
So I am trying, once again, a total switch from Windows to Linux. I chose Linux Mint, as it is a quite newbie friendly, it is rock solid, and stable. Also, I am not a programmer, and do not wish to compile files nor do I want to use hours and days tweaking codes and lines in a terminal or vim. I just want to use my machines for whatever I want to use them for (mostly writing, gaming, browsing, video editing). I feel that Linux Mint fits perfectly my requirements. I hope to make this switch permanently this time, and therefore to make things easier for myself and other newcomers, I created this Linux Mint Handbook.
(update, 12 Apr 2020): I got a ThinkPad T450, so I installed
Void Linux Debian Sid on it. A wonderful minimalistic distro. Use it primarily for browsing, writing and such.
I use these apps in Linux