The move to Linux continues.
I have reached the stage now where Linux is my main operating system. I now only log into Window for a couple of minutes a day, and the rest of the time I am in Mint.
To my disappointment, there are still a couple of applications that still have no real equivalent in Mint. One is Windows Live Writer, which is unrivaled when it comes to writing posts on blogs. I am currently using ScribeFire, which does the job, but lacks some basic essentials, such as the ability to save a draft post locally. The other package I tried (and will probably return to) is Blogilo. This has a lot more features but is not quite as convenient as ScribeFire. I suppose you can’t win ’em all?
The other application I have been having problems with is Open Office. I have a couple of spreadsheets created in Excel. These spreadsheets contain a few complex graphs. Open Office opens the files perfectly and displays the full content, but is apparently incapable of saving the spreadsheets without losing the graphs. I could recreate the graphs in Open Office, but they are complex, and frankly, it’s simpler just to boot into Windows.
Apart from all that, I have expanded my setup to include my master PC which sits in my office. It now has Mint running happily in a dedicated partition, and I use KRDC to control it. The latter is a lot less problematic than UltraVNC which I had been using in Windows.
One aspect of mounting a Linux system within a virtual file is the ability to backup that file. I haven’t tried this out yet, but technically, if I have to wipe my hard disk, it should just be a matter of reinstalling Mint in a virtual file (to set up the boot loader), and then just overwriting that file with the backup. In theory, that should restore the entire Linux setup, including all documents, settings, software and preferences.
Needless to say, I haven’t tested the theory out in anger yet.
It should be interesting, should the day come?