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[News] Great Impressions of Ubuntu and Its Derivative, Mint

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Ubuntu Experiences

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| After using Ubuntu for around two years, the only thing which comes to my 
| mind is that it rocks.  


[Geek Review] Linux Mint: A better Ubuntu

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| Linux Mint, while relatively new, has gained a lot of fans from the linux 
| community, and is now the third most popular on DistroWatch, slowly crunching 
| on openSUSE lead. It brings something a lot of distro have tried: simplicity, 
| functionality, and of course looks. Let’s see what makes Linux Mint fresh and 
| if it’s worth switching from Ubuntu.    
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| A lot of people may argue that the changes in Linux Mint are not that 
| innovative or new. Some people will argue that you could spend a couple of 
| hours and mod the Gnome panel to resemble Mints’. You can install all the 
| Mint apps for Ubuntu. You can install ubuntu-restricted-extras  by yourself.   
| http://tuxgeek.me/2008/11/geek-review-linux-mint-a-better-ubuntu/
| Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) on Compaq Evo N610c
| Ubuntu 8.10 includes the latest 2.6.27-7-generic kernel and the rev 1300 of 
| orinoco drivers for Compaq Wireless LAN MultiPort W200 doe not build 
| correctly. I had to play around quite a bit to get W200 to work and a special 
| patch is required. To help other users I have updated  
| WifiDocs/Device/CompaqW200 - Community Ubuntu Documentation. A patched 
| version of the driver is available here for your convenience.     
| [...]
| Overall Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex runs much better on Compaq Evo N610c as 
| compared to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. If you enjoy Ubuntu and own a Evo N610c 
| give Intrepid Ibex a try.  



25 reasons to use Linux Mint

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| At least, people understand what it means, Mint. With Ubuntu... (Ubuntu is
| also an award granted to Fidel Castro this year!)
| It's not brown. No, really, it's not brown! Brown was interesting in October
| 2004, but four years later and still brownish...
| It features the most elegant, business-like desktop of all the Linux
| distributions, right out of the box. Most people would not bother to get rid
| of the default look (theme, icons, wallpaper, GDM splash, boot splash,
| whatever). Just look at home many Windows XP boxes are displaying the
| horrendous blue window decorations, with red close buttons and the green
| Start button, although changing to the more business-like Windows 2000 look
| is a simple task.
| Multimedia codecs, browser plugins, DVD playback, and so on, out of the box.
| I mean, out of the box. No fuss.


Review: Linux Mint 5 - KDE Edition

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| Overall, I liked Mint 5 KDE, especially with the added speed and upgraded
| default non-compiz eyecandy.  It's good and stable, and works well with
| everything I could throw at it from a new and normal user's collective
| standpoints.  And it's easily shown again why Linux Mint has become my new
| number one favorite Linux distribution for new users, overtaking PcLinuxOS
| with a blast of gusto for the top spot on my list.  It's most certainly worth
| checking out.


Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna KDE Community Edition

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| You see I've always looked upon Mint with confusion; as a derivative of
| Ubuntu I never quite understood why it existed. Sure there was a time where
| preloading codecs and software was a desirable thing but now days everyone
| has tackled that problem in different ways - thus making "out of the box"
| releases like Mint a little redundant. There are some really interesting
| things about Mint that deviate from that stereotype massively.


Release Notes for Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna KDE Community Edition, by Jamie Boo

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| Daryna KDE is nearly as minty as the main edition now. The packages are
| (safely) upto date and the kernel is the Gutsy Gibbon kernel 2.6.22-14.

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