Welcome, calinb, hope you find Bodhi to your liking. My one pre-installation recommendation would be to read Jeff's and Charles' material on setting up a separate data partition. It was pretty easy to do and seems likely to be a long-term time saver.
As birdmun said, the hardware the VM presents looks different than the actual hardware and will be much more generic. My semi-informed speculation would be that you mostly like either have a kernel issue or a driver issue. I'm nowhere near wizard enough to really help diagnose, but the first thing I'd check would be the kernel versions between the Mint that works OK and Bodhi that's glitchy. If they're the same, then it's almost certainly something to do with hardware drivers.
GrayWizard: you have my complete sympathy. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and I watch daily what she has to struggle through. I will take careful notes when I finally get some time to upgrade my 3.x to 4.x. We've spent most of the last year on planning and carrying out fairly significant first floor renovations, so the 'puters are only getting essential attention. But the end is in sight! (to be followed by having family stay for a few months, just to complicate things.)
graywizardlinux: your posts suggests there are a lot of computers in your home. Maybe take a "spare" one and work through the partitioning + reinstallation process on a system where there's nothing important to lose? Bonus points for documenting what you learn and sharing it here.
I've set up a data partition on my Bodhi 3.x as suggested by Jeff and Charles; it seems an excellent solution (especially as I'd like to set up another Linux variant on the system to play with). I need to go back and refresh my memory on how to restore the links to it before I upgrade to 4.2. But I'm confident it's a solid way to simplify upgrading over time.
I'll have to give this a shot; the idea of a capable but lightweight office suite is definitely appealing (although I like LibreOffice just fine). I am, however, highly suspicious of the description that WPS is "fully compatible with" MS Office file formats. In 30 years or so of office computing I've never seen two applications from different vendors that are 'fully compatible" across file formats.
Well, it's no solution to the MSN app problem, but my preference today for setting up an unreliable user (for lack of a better term) with a PC would a be Chromebook. Closest thing to a bulletproof computer I know. And at the risk of being heretical I don't mean a Chromebook with Bodhi; just a Chromebook.
Like YLee, I have an alternate From: address in my email. The problem is The Rules Have Changed. No doubt YLee and I did the same thing: (approximately) had Gmail send a message with a confirmation link to the alternate address, click the link when we got the email, address added. No sweat. But apparently more and more receiving mail servers these days are rejecting email where the domain in the From: address doesn't match the domain of the sending server. So now, if you want to send from, e.g., bodhilinux.com, there has to be an SMTP server associated with bodhilinux.com for Gmail to use.
My grandfathered-in alternative address seems to work fine with Gmail and I don't know of anything I've sent being rejected, but what Gmail's doing now aligns with what our ISP started doing a while back and I assume for the same reasons.
All of the above comes from my asking essentially the same question on the Gmail help forum within the last week.
Bottom line: I don't think you can add your bodhilinux.com address to your Gmail unless Jeff & Team want to set up an SMTP server for the bodhilinux.com domain and start adding users to it.
Way to go! I continue to just tinker, partly because moving my spouse to Linux feels like a non-starter, partly because I used Windows at work anyway, and partly because my music studio PC is Windows and swapping that over to Linux looks like it would be a bigger deal than I want to get involved in.
Steve Gibson covered this pretty well in Security Now! #583 (transcript, search for "COW"; he does spend rather more describing the basics of race conditions than the details of this particular one). While it's is a high-severity bug, Steve's advice aligns with Jeff's description: it's mostly a concern for those with Internet-facing Linux servers ("anything with an open port"). For an individual user running their machine on a home or work network behind a typical NAT or corporate firewall, it's a relatively small concern. OTOH, if you've got an Internet facing server, getting a patched kernel onto that system should be a very high priority.