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Last Review by larwana - posted: 03-01-2013 08:53 AM
I installed Mint 14 on my computer, my husbands computer (both 2.5 years old), and an older computer we use at his parent's house. While I had to go back to openSuSE to get my sound card to work, the other two are working well with Mint.
Mint is stable. The package manager allows him to install most software without using the terminal. It runs the programs he needs without any problems, and has enough games available to keep him entertained.
With that other OS, the older computer was practically unusable. But with Mint, we can get online easily, run Skype, Blender, and Dropbox without any issues, and do not have to wait 15 minutes while each program loads.
Overall I find Mint to be a good distro for less savvy linux users. It works without a lot of terminal configuration, and when the terminal is required, there is plenty of documentation from Mint and Ubuntu websites to get things done without any grief.
So far so good. I'm trying to make the migration from that other OS, to Linux. OpenSuSE has made things fairly easy so far. I've been playing with SuSE since the late '90s, but was never able to get enough stuff working to make me stay.
Now, I can use all of the programs I currently need, and most of the ones I want. I tried Mint, but had hardware issues that I couldn't resolve. I went back to SuSE, and things have run smoothly every since.
I also like that openSuSE runs KDE natively. I've tried the new Gnome and Unity, but I am definitely most comfortable with KDE.
I installed SuSE 9 on three machines:
1. Gateway 750 mHz AMD-K7. 256 MB RAM. WinXP Home on a 7GB partition. Linux on a 20 GB partition, Linux and Windows sharing a 10 GB FAT32 partition, Windows uses 2 other NTFS partitions.
2. No-brand 333 mHz AMD-K6. 196 MB RAM. Win2K Pro on a 3 GB partition. Linux on a 10 GB partition. Linux and Windows sharing a 2 GB FAT32 Partition. Windows uses 2 other NTFS partitions.
3. IBM Thinkpad 700 mHz P3. 128 MB RAM. Win98 on a 4.5 GB partition. Linux on a 6.5 GB partition.
4. HP 1.2 gHz P4. 256 MB RAM. WinXP Home on a 40 GB partition. Linux on a 20 GB partition.
I upgraded computer 1, 2, and 4 from Suse 8.2 to 9 without a hitch.
With computer 3, I tried to use the automatic partitioner, but it failed. Even after a scandisk and defrag in Windows, I couldn't get it to repartition the hard drive. I resorted to Partition Magic 8.1 to create a nice slice of unpartitioned space. After that, installation was a breeze.
The installation program detected all my hardware, including my win modems on computers 3 and 4.
The only problems I have experienced are software problems concerning Fonts and OpenOffice.org.
I also had a small snafu getting my Zip drive working. It is a USB drive, and I had to run a couple of scripts, but now everything seems to be humming along.
Overall I am very happy, I love to tinker, so the problems are more entertaining than annoying.