Linux Mint 17 - Abandon Microsoft Today
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(formerly known as Linux Mint 17 - Full and Painless Migration for Anyone)

The Super Edition of this ebook is now sold through, Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook. (the original ebook is no longer available for download through this site). Due to the brutal fees charged by Amazon there is no plan to sell a Kindle version (mobi format) using Amazon's service. However, you can buy the ebook from and use Calibre for Linux to convert the ePub into Kindle (mobi) format and upload to your Kindle device using usb.

This ebook is not your typical book. It is not just for reading. You will be copying and pasting right out of the ebook into a terminal at times. I highly recommend that you purchase the ebook from and view it in Linux using Calibre or Sigil. Sigil is an epub editor. Be careful not to change/modify the book if using Sigil.

The Super Edition is fully illustrated with 193 chapters.
It covers more complex subjects like making your own custom ramdisk.

You can see a chapter list over at Look in the comments section at this Reddit Article

Click here to buy the book at

Coming soon ... Ebook #3 The ultimate cold turkey survival guide for Linux Mint 18.
Over 250+ chapters. Fully certified for Mint 18.

Click here to install the free Calibre eBook reader on most platforms.

To install Sigil to Mint 17:

(PPA Website:

Open a terminal and copy and paste:
>sudo add-apt-repository ppa:i2p.packages/i2p
>sudo apt-get update
>sudo apt-get install sigil

SeaburyNorton ( It's a great book! I'm a linux intermediate, and still found much to use.

Also, a special thanks to for providing techinal information on their CrossOver(TM) product for the book as well as information on the up and coming directx 11 and 64bit support for linux.

I have 35 years of experience in the computer field. I used Microsoft Windows for my Desktop from 1998 until 2014. After seeing Windows 8 I knew I needed to abandon ship. One day, when I could not download not even one free application off the Internet that wasn't malware, toolbar, and spyware infected anymore I left for good. I could not even download a simple video plugin from a Fortune 500 company without having my web browser being toolbar'd (you know which one). The day I signed a EULA from my Antivirus software that said they could upload my personal files to their server as part of preventing viruses I blew my top. That and UEFI had steam coming outa my ears.


This book is a journal of my complete and full conversion to using Linux Mint 17 exclusively over a period of one year. It is by no means complete, but then it would contain too much information if it was. Written from the perspective of a Windows user gone cold turkey this book intends to answer all of the common questions you would have after migrating to Linux. Everything from handling hard drives, installing the OS, updates, installing the best video driver, elevating privileges, and how to install software. Plus matters of comfort like Watching TV, Netflix, Shockwave Flash, and video editing. Advanced issues like viewing hardware, checking for bad blocks, and full and fast drive encryption and secure deletion. There is something for everyone in this book. From the newbie, to the experienced Linux user. Even the Ubuntu user (version 14.04) can benefit from this book. Many of the procedures in this book are pure gems. Some took as long as 6 months to develop. Many of them you will never find anywhere else. No amount of Internet searching will find them for you.

Here in lies one year of pure pain, now you go enjoy a painless migration to Linux.

Sincerely, Roger

About the author

The author is a 35 year veteran of the computer field. Having started as a computer programmer at the age of 16 he then went on to form a software company, work as a computer programmer for accounting software, work as a PC repair man and Microsoft Certified Professional (A+, Server/Desktop Pro 2000, Windows XP), a Linux Administrator for 3 years, and spent 5 years as a Fortune 500 Unix Administrator. He is also addicted to Fallout like it's crack. Streaming on twitch now and then he dabbles in all sorts of things computer related. You may find him hiding in the corner on various twitch channels. Particularly of the Doom kind. Recently, he built a 1992 Nissan 240sx Hatchback. It only took 3 years of blood, sweat, and tears, 6 junkyard cars to find all the parts, a body kit, an engine rebuild, and lots of paint and PlastiDip. The author is also a collector of Sugar Loaf brand Betty Boop dolls. To his knowledge he is the only one to own them all.

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