Linux Mint


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Do any of you have an experience with Linux Mint? I was going to install Ubuntu Linux until I read about it here: boot-your-mac-with-windows-and-linux-no-boot-camp-required

Linux Mint 13 with the Cinnamon desktop

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu.
Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:
  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  • It's both free of cost and open source.
  • It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  • It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware...etc).


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I've never been a fan of Mint for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on why. I've tried it out a few times and always been underwhelmed. Perhaps it's the colour scheme, I don't know. I just stick with CrunchBang these days as it's where I feel happiest.


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I used Mint in the past, and it was a very good distro. I use CrunchBang over Mint these days (I say, as I sit here on a WinXP box...), but there's nothing really wrong with Mint. It's user friendly and suitable for just about anything.


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I run LM Debian Edition and my forum is a sponsor of the LM project.
Lots of Mint converts around me.


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I used it a few years back, then I went back to Ubuntu. It was fun, but in the end I never saw a real reason to stick with it. Don't know how the situation is now, but back then there wasn't much differentiating it from a stock Ubuntu, except codecs pre installed, and some different tools.

Many people are thrilled with it, but to me it is just another flavor of Ubuntu, though a very successful one (but to others, Ubuntu is just another flavor of Debian, so...). My recommendation is to go for Ubuntu if you want to use Linux, go with Arch, Gentoo or Slack if you want to learn Linux.


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Very clean/crisp looking GUI, it's quite nice.

Gonna play with it in Virtualbox some more.