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[News] Variant of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Linux Mint 9 is Reviewed

  • Subject: [News] Variant of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Linux Mint 9 is Reviewed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 13:57:16 +0100
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Linux Mint 9 Review

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| Chromium and Flock now in the 
| repositories!  Nice!!  My biggest wow 
| moment concerns the AWN dock but I think I 
| may have to do a review of it on its own 
| merits :D   The Hardware Analysis tool is 
| going to be very useful in terms of 
| getting the information needed to do 
| troubleshooting, especially with the copy 
| to clipboard option which is very useful 
| when trying to get help with an 
| issue..just copy and paste the problem 
| right into the forum!
| So my overall, unbiased opinion?  I give 
| Linux Mint 9 a solid A for performance and 
| an A/A- for appearance.  Iâve heard 
| various sources saying this is up there 
| for top distro release this year and I 
| believe it.  Linux newbies, this oneâs for 
| you!


Linux Mint 9: Solid, Simple, Shiny

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| Overall, I find Linux Mint to be a fine 
| desktop distro. Being based on Ubuntu, the 
| package selection is huge and you can also 
| get decent support for third-party apps 
| like Dropbox. It's a good GNOME-based 
| distribution, though it doesn't stay 
| perfectly in step with upstream GNOME 
| default applications. It's also a pretty 
| solid distro. I haven't run into any major 
| glitches or problems since starting with 
| the Mint RC a few weeks ago.
| Linux Mint has quite a lot to offer. If 
| you're new to Linux or want a distro to 
| recommend to someone who's new to Linux, 
| Mint is one of the best to start with. The 
| inclusion of "restricted" codecs and such 
| is likely to rankle some Free Software 
| purists but can help get new users 
| transitioned to Linux a bit more quickly. 
| Since Mint 9 is based on an Ubuntu Long 
| Term Support (LTS) release, users have 
| support for the desktop through 2013, 
| which makes it even more ideal for new 
| users. If you haven't settled on a distro 
| yet, or want one to recommend to friends 
| and family, Mint is an excellent choice.



Review: Linux Mint 9 Isadora

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| All in all, Linux Mint 9 has been a pleasant
| surprise, probably the best 2010 distro
| release so far along with PCLinuxOS 2010. I
| obviously recommend it for anybody trying
| Linux for the first time, but also for
| experienced users, who should equally enjoy
| its great features. If you are an Ubuntu
| user who wanted to upgrade/install 10.04 but
| were disappointed with the end result, make
| sure you give Linux Mint 9 a try.


Linux Mint 9 'Isadora'

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| Based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux
| 2.6.32, Gnome 2.30 and Xorg 7.4, Linux
| Mint 9 "Isadora" features a lot of
| improvements and the latest software from
| the Open Source World.
| Featured improvements in this release:
| 30,000 applications catalogued and
| reviewable both online and in the new
| software manager, brand new incremental
| backup tool for both data and software
| selection, menu transparency and editable
| items, USB and Windows installers, 3 years
| support, look & feel improvements.


Linux Mint 9: A First Look

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| From what I can see, Mint 9 looks to be a
| worthy successor to the Mint line. Theyâve
| largely left intact what works, and have
| worked hard to improve that which needs
| improving. As a full-featured desktop OS
| with modern hardware, this really looks
| great, but older hardware really struggles
| with some basic tasks. Firefox is
| sluggish, and, as mentioned previously,
| Software Manager brings my computer to its
| knees. In a few weeks Iâll see how it
| performs on slightly newer equipment. For
| now, though, Iâll have to bide my time
| until the LXDE or Fluxbox editions come
| out before I can consider using it
| regularly on my existing hardware.


Linux Mint 9 (Isadora)

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| The menu has been improved. If you turn on
| 3D effects, you can view a partly
| transparent menu. You can also now right-
| click on an item in the menu to edit it.
| You also have the option of changing the
| menuâs default behavior from showing what
| you looked at last to defaulting to your
| favorites. You can even right-click items
| to add them to your desktop and panel. I
| love the right-clicking features in the
| menu, it makes it very fast to change
| items or put them on your panel or
| desktop.


Returning to Linux, Round 2...Mint

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| I always likes the ideas within Mint...make
| a good package better by adding little
| features and taking out what isn't
| necessary. I remembered from the day that
| everything just worked. Websites played
| flash, video on DVD would play with audio,
| documents opened without too much effort or
| downloading extras. So what else is here
| that most people would like to know about?


A minty experience leaves a pleasant taste.

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| Their computer was then taken over by a
| botnet and started spewing spam left, right
| and center. Which I found out about a month
| or so later.
| [...]
| Knowing what sort of computer user type
| this person is I decided to make sure I
| chose the right distribution for them.
| After careful thought and a bit of google
| trolling (in the searching sense of the
| word) I decided to give Linux Mint a go. So
| I backed up their computer and settled down
| to install Mint.
| [...]
| This is the latest story on how a "typical"
| computer user made a seamless transition
| from windows to Linux. Do you have any such
| stories? What about the other way around?
| :) While I had no problems transitioning
| this person doesn't mean that there are
| none. What issues have you come up with
| when introducing people to Linux?


Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint

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| I recently heard the comparison that Mint
| today is a lot like Simply Mepis was years
| ago, and I feel its accurate. Barring my
| personal lack of hardware support (this
| included fan control which is vital on a
| metal Macbook), Iâve heard great things
| including more extensive printer support, and
| after using it for a little bit I felt that
| aside from the menu, that I think might in
| fact be harder for a new user, Mint is a good
| distribution.

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