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Linux Mint

Posted 07-26-2009 at 05:32 PM by uinseann

Just got last months Linux-Format Magazines DVD. The disk itself is something called an "Eco Disk". It uses fewer materials to manufacture it, takes less energy to manufacture, and is tougher and more flexible, and less prone to warp. It's very thin and at first I wondered if there was a disk in the cardboard sleeve?

There are three distributions on this DVD. Linux Mint 7, Ulteo 1.0 (from the man who created Mandrake), and OpenSolaris 2009.06

Ulteo is actually a virtual desktop, and it shows it running on top of Windows XP (A bit too much for what I need).

OpenSolaris is from Sun Microsystems.

Mint 7 (Gloria), looks very good, and runs straight from the DVD. It has the "XFCE" desktop. The only problem with it is there are no multimedia codecs on the disk, so if it is installed on a hard drive, the codecs will have to be downloaded, but there is a script which does this for you. Yes! you guessed right (give yourself a coconut), I installed it on a desktop computer, and obviously it was straight forward, as it's based on Ubuntu. I did notice during the final stages of installation, it didn't ask me if I wanted to set up a super user account? That's no problem though! It detected my router, which Linux is getting very good at these days. I even plugged a usb cable in from the router and that works too!

Anyway I installed the codecs, and everything just works (as usual). I may leave it on this computer for awhile. I think it's based on "Jaunty" I'll have a read on the Mint website. Just out of interest I set up my TV stick, following "Madmaks Ubuntu Stash" instructions, and it works. Although I did have to install Kaffeine, because for some reason "Me-TV" wouldn't allow me to set up any program listing? Never mind Kaffeine is great anyway. Synaptic installed all the KDE dependencies and it runs great.

My webcam works, and my digital camera was detected so I'm quite impressed. I'm afraid "K3B" will have to be installed though as I can't live without that program. I also tried "Smile" (the slideshow creator), and that works too (after installing sox), I can't say for definate if it works after a basic installation from the disk, though as I run smile after I installed said KDE programs? I may scrub the installation and try it from scratch, cause I'm curious (or daft!).
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