Hello there, here is my first blog post in quite a long time.  I do apologize about not writing one earlier, but either I thought it wasn’t interesting to post or I just was too lazy to write anything or I just didn’t have the time to put anything down.

Recently I have had to re-install LinuxMint 18.1 as I was having problems with 18.3.  I know what the problem was but I just decided to stick with version 18.1 for the time being.

(picture source: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Latest-New-Release-Linux-Mint-18-Mate-Sarah-32-or-64-Bit-BOOTABLE-DVD-/141953986481 — not sure if that auction is still up as of writing of this message but that is where I got the picture from)

My current system:

System: Host: xxxxxxxxxxx  (private sorry)

Kernel: 4.4.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Machine: System: Gateway product: M-1625 v: 3409925R
Mobo: Gateway model: N/A v: 9D.04
Bios: Phoenix v: 9D.04 date: 04/07/2008
CPU: Dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-60 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 6383
clock speeds: max: 2000 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS690M [Radeon Xpress 1200/1250/1270]
bus-ID: 01:05.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1280×800@60.00hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690
GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS690 HDMI Audio [Radeon Xpress 1200 Series]
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:05.2
Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-53-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: a000 bus-ID: 07:00.0
IF: enp7s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Realtek RTL8187B Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Adapter
usb-ID: 001-004
IF: null-if-id state: N/A mac: N/A
Drives: HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (61.3% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD2500BEVS size: 250.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227G used: 141G (66%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0
ID-2: /boot size: 472M used: 61M (14%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.01GB used: 0.16GB (8%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-1
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 86.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 191 Uptime: 58 min Memory: 820.2/1872.8MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35

This was obtained by using the command “inxi -Fxz” in the terminal mode.  I will not pretend that I understand exactly what 100% of what it means with the stuff it mentioned, but I do have a rough idea.  I have been in various IRC rooms seeing what people type and taking down notes (mentally not on paper, which I should), going to various websites, going to the Fourms on the official LinuxMint website by asking questions and reading other questions.

I have chosen this operating system as that I tried to update my Ubuntu 15.10 system to the 16.04LTS (long term support) but I found out that my system can NOT handle it.  It is due to the kernel and the ATI video card in my laptop is NOT supported anymore.  That is the main reason why I don’t use 18.3 on my laptop.  I could have upgraded and had little problems but this way I just feel I am safe.