Linux Mint 8

Final Thoughts & Who Should Use It
Linux Mint 8 works well for pretty much any desktop Linux user. Since it’s based on Ubuntu 9.10, it has all of the advantages of that release but with the additional value of the Linux Mint tools, multimedia codecs and other goodies.

Newcomers should definitely consider Linux Mint; it’s a great distro to get started with though it might spoil a newbie. Experienced Linux users can also appreciate what Linux Mint has to offer though it might be a bit too easy for a “roll your own” kind of advanced user.

Product:Linux Mint 8
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Pros:Software Manager & Update Manager upgrades, configurable places, Upload Manager & File Uploader added.
Cons:Slightly less attractive default wallpaper, no bundled games, Chrome browser not available in software repositories.
Suitable For:Beginner, intermediate or advanced desktop Linux users.
Summary:Linux Mint 8 brings Linux Mint up to speed with Ubuntu 9.10 and adds some custom upgrades of its own. An excellent desktop distribution that any Linux user should consider using.

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18 thoughts on “Linux Mint 8

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  2. I have been a long time Suse user until I ust switched to Mint 8 x64- and I don't know why I waited so long to switch. A lot of things just work right after the install that used to take many attempts wit Suse- wireless drivers, ATI, browser plugins, codecs-

    I would recommend anyone intereted in running linux try this distro-

    Bye bye OpenSUSE!

  3. Brian Masinick wrote:

    Linux Mint is one of three distributions that ought to be on the short list of consideration for those who want a plug it in and it works kind of experience with very simple management. Mint is one; SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS are the other two. A few others come close.

    I installed Mint8 on my machine so I could better practice what I preach. Doing so it displaced my Karmic installation; that has more to do with GRUB2 than Linux. Now that I have been working on Mint for about a month, I must say that I don't miss Karmic much. I don't feel like wrestling GRUB2 in order to distro hop. When I need to XP, I use VBox. Everything is so easily within reach with Mint, I can say this distro is making me rather lazy. Very lazy, and content. :kissing:

  4. re software update/installation managers dragonmouth makes a good point.

    And yes, the “sudo” device should always use a different, root-only password! This is not quite so bad as the slide toward “autologon” without any password, but it is vulnerable.

    Travel with your laptop/netbook? Have proprietary data on it? Do think about that.

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  6. There is certainly a lot to like about Mint 8. But I did two installs on two machines one AMD and one Intel in both cases Mint could not get the display resolution right. My monitors were not recognized.

  7. I have Chrome on my Mint 8 install, but I always revert back to Swiftfox (a custom version of Firefox geared towards specific proc. families!). If you haven't tried Swiftfox, then give it a spin, I wish it was the default browser personally!

    All in all though, Mint 8 is GREAT! Can't wait until Mint 10 though, that will be the LTS for Mint.

  8. "In Mint Synaptic is crippled. It shows all the software updates but the Select All Updates button is greyed out."

    Apparently someone doesnt read much. That button has been removed because upgrading outside of "Mint Update" (ie using apt-get upgrade or synaptic) can cause problems with Mint. You can still use it to install any and all applications that are available in your selected repositories, you just cannot use it to upgrade. Use Mint Update and you will have a much more stable system.

  9. The lack of Chrome Browser is a Pro, not a Con, as the Chrome Browser is absolutely and undeniably a 5th rate browser, and nowhere near ready for use. It does not render websites correctly, is nowhere near fast, and crashes constantly. Firefox 3.7 Pre-Alpha is a better browser.

  10. What, no Superman DVD this time? What about the classic Led Zeppelin with the “chainsaw” guitar, “Whole Lotta Love”? :-)

  11. Linux Mint is one of three distributions that ought to be on the short list of consideration for those who want a plug it in and it works kind of experience with very simple management. Mint is one; SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS are the other two. A few others come close.

  12. Linux Mint is a great distro for beginners. Of course as stated before the legality of some codecs in the U.S. is always a concern. :angel: It really sucks in the U.S. because of government stupidity but that's another story. :angry: I'm not really a fan of the Mint menu setup but it is great for someone coming from the Windows environment. They get the superiority of Gnome with the familiarity of MS Windows. The only problem I have with Linux Mint is the way it handles software updates and software installs. Mint doesn't really go for the newest software updates and is kind of conservative in that regard like Debian. That is just find and dandy and not a bad thing. Just don't update using something like Synaptic. Just use their tools and there should be no problems. I use Ubuntu on my computer and my wife using Linux Mint and Windows XP.(She is hooked on hidden object games and uses XP for that)We do have Mint in the house. Overall Linux Mint 8 is a very nice re-spin and deserves the score it got.

  13. I just said again over on the ExtremeTech site that Mint remains my choice for first-time Linux people. It really does "just work", at least on my hardware. (System 76 laptop. Same experience with Asus laptop) This the best Gnome implementation and until KDE 4.3.2 came along I had called it the single best Linux desktop. (Not that I am an authority on such things!)

    Mas, I am not sure Mint and Suse collaborate. The Suse "slab" came earlier. Looks to me as though Clement saw it and decided to go it one better. And he did. But we ought to let a Mint person tell us if you are right.

    Jim, your new format is good, thank you for that. If anything is missing it is an assessment of wireless capability, but I understand the virtual machine problem. Still, with more and more laptops being sold it is a concern. And easy wireless remains a question, though if Mint uses Network Manager it will not be a problem.

    Codecs? Well there is this question of legality for Americans. It seems to me Linux needs some solution other than the "across the pond" dodge. Distros concerned about the legal exposure n the U.S. do not install them by default. Silly situation? Yup, but so it is.

  14. Good detail on the install vs. running requirements. Most folks would have never caught that.

    Speaking of rolling your own. I noticed over at the site that if you choose openSuse 11.1 Gnome, you get a very similar desktop to Mint with the menu on the bottom etc… I just wonder if there is some cross collaboration going on there or something?

  15. Interesting that you find Chrome to be a better browser. I've found that with a few tweaks (found here… that Firefox smokes Chrome on Mint 8. Chrome is noticeably slower loading pages…plus I don't care much for its interface. I think Firefox is the way to go for the installed browser with Chrome available through the Software Manager.

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