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Mint 2.2 "Bianca"
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3 19582 05-21-2007
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Description: A fork of the base Ubuntu distribution, Linux Mint includes a lot of proprietry (read: non-free at in freedom) "accessories" on top of the Ubuntu base, as well as some other really cool features.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2006
Distribution: ArchLinux, ArchServer, Fedora, CentOS
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Includes closed-source / licenced codecs (MP3, WMV, WMA etc); Uses Ubuntu Repositories; Easy to Use
Cons: Can have trouble installing

If you are trying to use Linux in a Windows world, Linux Mint is a great place to start with a system that makes it easy, right "out of the box".

Having been using Windows for the last 10 years, and having a large collection of documents and media in MP3, WMA and WMV formats, Linux Mint lets me continue to use and view these files without having to get in to the nitty-gritty of installing the codecs required. Of course, all your friends and co-workers are going to continue to send their files to you in these formats (for now!), so we still need to be able to read these formats - regardless of our views on the morals of the issue.

Linux Mint 2.2 runs flawlessly on my Dell D610 laptop (512mb RAM), as well as my AMD Sempron 64 bit desktop (1gb RAM). Wireless on the laptop worked with my WPA-PSK network security and the wireless manager makes setting it up easy.

Version 2.2 comes with a few new features unique to Mint - "mintMenu" and "mintConfig" being 2 of these.

mintMenu is a component for the Gnome panel that gives easy access - similar to the change from the Windows 9x "Start" menu and the Windows XP menu... They are very similar, yet Mint's seems much more useful and well thought out. Funny that! Personally, my only problem with this system is that I can't right-click a program in the program list and "Add to Panel" like I can with the "normal" Gnome menu.

mintConfig is basically similar to other Control Centers found in out distros. It's a well thought out and organized central control point for the system.

An excellent starting point for "converting" Windows users who aren't 100% tech-savvy but want to change, and get frustrated by not being able to play their music and video "out of the box".

After being a RedHat / Fedora user for several years, a brief stint with Ubuntu, Xubuntu and OpenSUSE - Linux Mint is the first distro that I have contributed to financially, and I will be sticking with it for quite a while I foresee :D
Old 03-19-2007, 09:12 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2007
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Ease of use, stylish, fun to work with, etc...
Cons: Almost the only way to get help is Professionally!

Being a windows person at heart, when i was introduced to linux only a couple months ago, i started toying with it. I started with Kubuntu, then Fedora (big mistake), then Ubuntu, and finaly made it to Linux Mint. It may seem like "Ubuntu with codecs" but it is more... a new Linux version! With an active community i feel that it is a great addition to the linux world! My favorite tool of mint is mintWifi... a tool that has drivers for wireless cards on it and the ability to easily add yours if not already there! This is the first linux i have used on the internet because of that! MintMenu is another great thing that puts every program in a stylish , easy to use format to get to easier than the regular Ubuntu distro. When i later introduced linux mint to that person who introduced linux to me, he loved it! Him being a Fedora user found the ease of mint astounding! I would not give it up easily, for it is a strong, well thought out peice of linux history!
Old 05-21-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Ease of use, Installed quietly
Cons: I did not have any

I have been bouncing back and forth between Suse and Mandriva for the past 7 years, and this is now my linux of choice. Installed it on AMD 64 with Nvidia and it works great, installed on Compaq Presario R3210US and it works great. I had to use the Ndiswrapper for Broadcom wireless but no other issues.


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