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"The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 'Olivia'. Linux Mint 15 is the most ambitious release since the start of the project. MATE 1.6 is greatly improved and Cinnamon 1.8 offers a ton of new features, including a screensaver and a unified control center. The login screen can now be themed in HTML 5 and two new tools, 'Software Sources' and 'Driver Manager', make their first appearance in Linux Mint. MDM now features 3 greeters (i.e. login screen applications): a GTK+ greeter, a themeable GDM greeter for which hundreds of themes are available, and a brand-new HTML greeter, also themeable which supports a new generation of animated and interactive themes."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Mint 15 is only supported until the next version (because of a policy change by Ubuntu) so if you donít want to re-install at the end of the year, use the LTS version 13 Maya.
Itís available with the Cinnamon and Mate desktops, and I tested the 32-bit Mate. Mint hasnít changed greatly since version 14, so I shanít repeat what I said in my last review. Gnome-mplayer is no longer included. LibreOffice is now configured for your locale, so no more dictionary hunting.
The keyboard configuration tool still wonít register shortcuts using Super, and after an update it stopped working completely, with a segmentation fault. I was sorry to see that Mate has followed Gnome 3 in switching to a machine-code configuration file. That is not Unix practice and it shouldít be Linux practice either; even OSX doesnít do it. The editor is not installed, but is available in dconf-tools (not that youíd learn that from Synaptic or the Software Manger). Alternatively, the command dconf will export it to a text file and import it after editing.
Despite the niggles with Mate, Mintís still one of the best distros, especially for beginners.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
solid desktop, easy driver manager
I'm using 32-bit Mint on my old laptop and it feels like it's given it new life. I was using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and wasn't able to upgrade to the latest version and I didn't like the direction of the window manager.
The Mint window manager is very familiar and easy to use.
Everything I needed was pre-installed (Firefox, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, etc.).
I previously had issues with the wifi driver on my laptop but Mint was able to detect it and enable it with one click in the driver manager.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
simple & easy to navigate
sometimes to "simple" for "power users"
I don't honestly think Mint is a bad OS. it is always being updated, and they at least listen to there users (unlike the legacy OS). I am just saying that if you are like me, and you are constantly using the CLI, needing root access, etc., than this is not the disputation for you. Basically, that is not what Mint is here for. It is, however, one of the better only-GUI Linux Disputations I have tried. It also runs quite snappy. I will say, however, it does not run super great under older hardware, so if you want to run this on older hardware, read no farther. Tried it myself.
There are a few different desktop environments that can be installed. The "normal" version is the Cinnamon desktop, but you can also install the KDE desktop, Xfce desktop, MATE and a few others. I do believe the MATE desktop uses the least resources, and is one of the faster of the few ( to what I have read, only tried the Cinnamon).
does not want to use the CLI, this disputation might be one of the ones you should consider.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
Excellent choice for Linux greenhorns.
A trivial one--the default theme art.
I did not come to Linux in search of a hobby or calling. Like most current refugees from Windows (pfui!), I was looking for what Windows (pfui!) once boasted of being--a stable, easy-to-use platform from which to launch productive software.
After considerable research, I concluded that Mint 16 Cinnamon met that definition. I have had no reason to regret that choice. Mint runs briskly on my Toshiba netbook, linked automatically with my wi-fi and perhaps because I installed it in the same partition as Windows 8 (pfui!), I have full access to all my data files.
An Office suite equivalent, a familiar Web browser and a good photo editor cover probably 90 percent of my computing needs, and Mint 16 has them all. The occasional need to reboot to get to some Windows-dependent package is no great burden. If I ever get Wine sorted out, I may well dump Windows (pfui!) altogether.
I did find Mint's default theme artwork to be rather clunky, but a search through the the Mint artwork turned up a simple, elegant wallpaper titled, appropriately, Olivia, which dropped neatly into its place.