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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011, 1:59 pm

Linux Mint 10, Ubuntu 10.10, and Kubuntu 10.10

Linux Mint 10 Julia

TODAY I moved on to my next research project, which I will mention very briefly in the next post. As part of this move I’ve also made some distro changes. The servers are running Ubuntu, so for the sake of consistency I wanted to explore the latest and greatest of Ubuntu and its flavours/derivatives. I gave a go to 3 and spent some time working from them (not long enough an experience as yet).

Will it be 10 out of 10 for the 10.10 releases? What about Mint 10 (codename “Julia”)? I decided to try today, hopefully seeing how it all compares to Fedora 14, which I have used since it was released around the end of October. The change is motivated by needs of consistency; I also like to try different distributions and see what they are all about over time, for the sake of comparison. I might stop using Fedora for a while. It is still installed on a PC, but I moved all my important work files out of there, which means they’ll go out of sync over time.

A report about use will be posted at a later date (this is not a review but a post with quick impressions). The important points are that today I tried Linux Mint (very latest version, which is GNOME based) and latest Ubuntu+Kubuntu shortly afterwards. Linux Mint has this nice new feature (to me at least) that has it start the installation while the user enters installation options such as user details, location, etc. The menus and graphics (including icons and window decorators) are stunning. Setting up dual-head in Ubuntu without proprietary drivers was easy, in Kubuntu it’s still not as easy (getting twinview). Overall, since both share the very same base (even same packages for the most part, except those which are preinstalled), comparison in this case ought to rely on what’s above the hood, mostly user experience.

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