Linux Mint 10

Whenever a new version of Ubuntu is released, you can be sure a new version of Linux Mint will soon follow. This time around it’s Linux Mint 10. Linux Mint, as you may already know, is one of the most popular Ubuntu remasters. It’s known for its excellent tools, great selection of software and bundled multimedia codecs.

Linux Mint 10 is based on Ubuntu 10.10. If you aren’t already familiar with the changes to Ubuntu 10.10, please read the original Ubuntu 10.10 review then hop back over here to continue reading about Linux Mint. I don’t want to regurgitate all of the stuff about Ubuntu 10.10 in this review.

Linux Mint 10 uses the GNOME desktop environment. It is available in CD or DVD versions (32 or 64 bit). For this review I downloaded the 32-bit DVD release. The file weighed in at about 872 MB.

Live Desktop

Live Desktop

What’s New In This Release
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

Ubuntu 10.10
Linux 2.6.35
GNOME 2.32
Xorg 7.5

Welcome screen
Install codecs and upgrade to the DVD edition from the welcome screen

Menu
Highlights newly installed applications
Finds and installs software from the repositories
Search engines
GTK bookmarks support
GTK themes support

Software manager
Application icons
Better categorization

Update manager
Ignore updates
Download size

Upload manager
UI, speed, ETA
Connection test
Cancel / Run in background

New look and feel

System improvements

Welcome Menu Improvements
I downloaded the DVD version, so there was no need to upgrade to it via the new Welcome menu. However, I must say that I was very glad that the LM developers added this in Linux Mint 10. I think there are quite a few folks who will appreciate being able to snag the DVD version and the multimedia codecs with just a couple of clicks. It’s little things like this that make Linux Mint such a great distribution. The developers are always fine-tuning what they offer and continually trying to make a better experience for the user.

Welcome Menu

Welcome Menu

Mint Menu Improvements
The Mint Menu is usually either one of the things people love or hate, there’s not usually much middle ground. I lean toward the love perspective so I was very happy to see some of the new improvements. It’s great having newly installed applications automatically highlighted, especially when you already have a zillion applications installed.

It’s also nice to be able to search for applications via the Mint Menu. Sometimes it just sucks having to bother opening the Software Manager to find or install an application.

Mint Menu Application Search

Mint Menu Application Search

I also enjoyed being able to search the web from the Mint Menu. I’m not sure how often I’ll use that feature though, since I’m usually already browsing in a browser window when the need to search for something occurs to me. However, it’s helpful to have the option to use Mint Menu if I’m not already in a browser window.

Mint Menu Web Search

Mint Menu Web Search

The Mint Menu also now supports GTK Bookmarks and GTK Themes. Both features will no doubt add some real value to for some users, but I probably won’t bother much with either of them. You can also configure icon sizes for the Mint Menu.

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Comments

  1. Indigo says

    Well – I for one love Linux Mint. I converted to Linux over 2 years ago after getting so pissed off with Windows crap, I researched and took the plunge.

    I tried out Ubuntu first, and experimented with others, but then came across Mint and have been with Mint ever since. I love the latest release, and for a novice like me it's been a brilliant ride. So quick, easy and does all that I want and more. :w00t:

  2. says

    I don't think I have seen any Linux Distro better than Linux Mint. People like me, who have always found it difficult to move out of Windows have been driven away by unfriendliness of Linux Distros. As a end user I just care about the functionality and ease of use.

    LM keep up the good work. Without you, Linux world would have been incomplete.

  3. TheShan_son says

    @ Stein:

    Who cares what his political views are, a good distro is a good disto. If Hitler made the most delicious brownies ever known to man, would you not want the recipe?

  4. Daisuke says

    All said, the people that complain about "rehash" and the codecs issue, they where answered abobe, so, there are plenty of choises.

    But when it comes about those 2 things i have to say something.

    I hated ubuntu for not having codecs out of the box, every freaking video was askinf for codecs, and i have to be permanently in the net to have them……..and i have to whait to see a movie, also my PC had sound problems with ubuntu.

    When i found about Mint, the fist thing that got my atention, was pressisely the codecs, so y didn't hetitate to instal that distro……….and now i am with Mint 10 (User since mint 8).

    I hate ubuntu….well, is more like getting away from any ubuntu bassed distro, but mint really got my heart, all out of the box, a well used software manager, and a well build comunuty, the best of ubuntu, without the worst of ubuntu, indeed.

  5. groovydaddy says

    I use NOTHING but Linux Mint 10 on my netbook:

    Averatec "Buddy"

    N270 Intel Atom processor 1.6GHz

    2GB RAM

    Realtek NIC/Wireless

    Everything just works! BisonCam webcam works without issues, WiFi works with Linux kernel driver, but I still loaded the WinXP driver via ndiswrapper to ensure that I don't loose connection (that happened previously with the generic kernel driver for me). My lil' netbook is running better than my friend's Asus Windows 7 laptop (with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz processor & 4GB RAM), and I think its because Mint is so much lighter on resources than 7. GNOME is still a bit of a hog as far as Linux DE's go, but it flies on my little book for productivity work, Internet, email, videos, pictures, downloads, uploading music and photos from my MP3 & camera, etc.

    If you plan on using Mint 10 on your netbook, I would HIGHLY recommend installing the Avant Window Manager to organize your most used applications at the bottom of the screen, and autohide the main panel at the top of the screen. This will allow you to take full advantage of the little bit of screen "real estate" there is on a netbook screen. Plus, it looks really cool! ;)

  6. mike says

    @ Kishre:

    if i understood you well your computer is not booting into LM livedvd.you have to select a bootable media first, by hitting a key {mine is f8] at bios startup. again before the computer loads windows system or another running system. so that you can select your dvd drive where the LM livedvd is loaded. hit enter key after selecting your dvd drive to boot from the dvd.

    is this enough?

  7. Kishre says

    I am kishore, trying to boot linux mint 10.0 live DVD but desktop was not coming. this is the problem, please tell me the solution via my mail: kishorehcubio@gmail.com

    my laptop configuration:

    intel core i5 520M processer 2.93GHz

    4GBram, 500GB HDD, nVIDIA, gforce

  8. Votre says

    The only disappointment I encountered with Mint was its inability, right out of the box, to recognize my USB wifi card. This came as a surprise because Ubuntu 10.04 zero problems doing it.

    Oh well. I guess that further goes to prove Mint isn't just a "re-themed Ubuntu" as some have called it. ;-)

  9. Blue Knight says

    > "the Linux Mint developers take an already great distro"

    Rather an already crap distro… :whistle:

    > "It’s still based on Ubuntu though, so if you don’t like Ubuntu then consider Linux Mint Debian Edition instead."

    I don't like Ubuntu but LMDE is a rolling release so, no thanks. Rolling release is for me a broken design by default.

    But yes, Mint is a relatively good distro, although if one could talk about their security policy…

  10. Eddie says

    A fine distro. The only things that I could find wrong is the security and the forced use of their package manager. I can say that this is a great distro for new ones but not so much for anybody who had been using Linux for several years. The codecs being preloaded is a non issue. Thanks for the review.

  11. says

    Yes, let's stay focused on the distro not the politics of a particular developer. If the review thread continues to go off track, I will make a point of pruning out all of those remarks.

    I do not like editing or removing messages here on DLR, I consider it a last resort. So please email each other or take your grumbling about the developer's politics into the Politics section of the DLR forum:

    http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/board/f14/

    Thanks for understanding and keeping the thread on track.

  12. Mark says

    Guys please stop with the Israel-Palestine thing. Clem apologised for it and acknowledged it was just a sour reaction to the war. He later changed his opinion on the matter to neutral and said he did not have enough info to give a genuine opinion. Please get over it.

  13. gonzo127 says

    interesting, will probably give Mint a run once they release the LXDE version to compare it to Lubuntu 10.10 that i am running at the moment, be interesting to see how different the footprint of them is as Lubuntu is currently using less than 80mb RAM when idle so is very snappy on my old Dell latitude X300

  14. django says

    Why should I upgrade? Linux Mint 9 works flawlessly and is a LTS release, meaning I'll get 3 years of support. Therefore I stopped upgrading every 6 months because it's such a hassle.

    Keep rocking Linux Mint.

  15. jsp722 says

    @ mike:

    Criminals know everything about their own crimes, and nevertheless always have a favorable opinion about them and about themselves. Having a favorable opinion about crimes and criminals in not only a matter of knowledge, but mainly of mental sickness.

  16. davemc says

    LM is not a rethemed Ubuntu in the actual sense, although it kind of seems that way. In reality, it is an overlay that sits on top of a Ubuntu base. This overlay can theoretically (with some tweaking) be used on top of any distro, and they have tested this on Debian recently. I am sure others will follow – Fedora, SUSE, Slackware, etc… At least, that's how I understand it. There could be a bit more technical bits and bytes that go into it.

  17. Anon says

    Mint is more than rethemed Ubuntu. When 11.04 comes out,we will see more evidence of that imo.

    There are iso files without the codecs.

    And Mint project leader is entitled to his opinion. He is just against Israel's palestine policy and welcomes anyone who uses mint.

    Man,you guys are really a vindictive bunch,aren't you? I saw another comment like this on another review site.

  18. mike says

    Stein wrote:

    There are numerous reasons why I would never use Linux Mint. One reason is that it’s just a rethemed Ubuntu. Another reason is that LM includes codecs that might be illegal in some countries. But most importantly, the developer of Linux Mint has blogged some very controversial remarks in the past – including a request for all who support the Israeli government to stop donating to Mint. There’s enough ignorance in the world, no need to use a distro that spreads it.

    i can't see where his personal opinion of Israel affects this linux operating system. again he is not working alone, surely among mint community there are reasonable number of people who know enough to have a favorable opinion of Israel.

    i do wish to say again that mint linux is not ''just rethemed'' ubuntu, since that would make ubuntu a ''rethemed'' debian linux. one sense though, behind these many variants of linux os is giving people broad choices and freedom and right to do whatsoever they wish their os.

    finally, there is a mint linux without a/v codec, i hope you will not take offence with my comments, i do not mean to start any useless argument

  19. Stein says

    There are numerous reasons why I would never use Linux Mint. One reason is that it's just a rethemed Ubuntu. Another reason is that LM includes codecs that might be illegal in some countries. But most importantly, the developer of Linux Mint has blogged some very controversial remarks in the past – including a request for all who support the Israeli government to stop donating to Mint. There's enough ignorance in the world, no need to use a distro that spreads it.

  20. Brian Masinick says

    @ MacLone:

    You'd probably be better off using either Linux Mint Debian Edition, Linux Mint Fluxbox, or one of the other somewhat lighter derivatives since you're chewing up so much memory on that box. Then again, if you are a sys admin type, poke around and see what's chewing up so much memory and decide if you can do without those processes. I did not find it too slow on my Lenovo Y410 laptop with 2 GB of memory and a 1.6 GHz Duo Core processor, but it's not the fastest system I use by a long shot, and in fact, it's not my every day system either.

  21. MacLone says

    It is a really good distro but it feels a little slow on my Celeron D. It consumes 496 MB of ram idle… too much in my opinion.

  22. Brian Masinick says

    So you DID give it a five out of five – I was expecting you would. What's with the Lauper video – get tired of Superman and Lady Gaga for a while? :-)

    I've been using "I'm a Soul Man" as my test Youtube Video lately myself, but maybe I should change – though I do run other tests. I've gotten on to some old TV reruns with Hogan's Heroes, and those make pretty good test vehicles, and so does going to ESPNBoston.com, Patriots.com, CSSNE.com, and a few other Sports network pages, where you can generally test out video content.

  23. Brian Masinick says

    Ha! I knew you would review this! What took ya so long! :-)

    Looks like an arguably improved release, now to read what you have to say and see what others think too.

    I still have that issue with the keyring, but that's the last I will mention it here unless someone wants to talk about it.

    Pretty clean installation, reasonably performing system. If you are a Mint fan, most Mint users will really like this release.

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