[News] Review of Blobs-Rich Ubuntu Linux Derivative (Linux Mint 6)

[News] Review of Blobs-Rich Ubuntu Linux Derivative (Linux Mint 6)

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:31:46

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Review: Linux Mint 6

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| The latest LXF magazine arrived with Linux Mint 6, Slackware 12.2, and
| openSuse 11.1. I was originally going to review openSuse, but I have been
| unable to successfully boot either into VirtualBox or just by booting my
| computer and running it as a LiveDVD. (ed. note: I just checked the
| magazine and they suggested booting in failsafe mode, so Il try that out in
| a couple of days) So, wel be starting with Linux Mint 6. I reviewed Linux
| Mint 5 Light back in July 2008. Since I wasn using VirtualBox at the time,
| I only tested it as a LiveDVD and that may have been the source of some of my
| problems testing the software installation. Plus this time I can review the
| installation process.



Review: Linux Mint 6 elicia
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| Based on Ubuntu 8.10, you might pass Linux Mint off as being yet another
| Ubuntu spin-off, though Mint has been around now for while (first release was
| on the 27th of August, 2006) and it's still a popular distribution, sitting
| in the number 3 spot on the Distrowatch page hit ranks.


Linux Mint 6.0 Felicia - Minty and sweet

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| Linux Mint 6.0 Felicia is a fabulous distro. It's complete, well-polished,
| fast, simple, rich in features, and offering solid hardware support. It
| worked well with both my Nvidia and ATI cards and even loved my web camera.
| There were some small issues with a Wireless drivers and some mundane Windows
| media formats, but other than that, the performance was spotless.
| Compiz, MP3, Flash, even Skype worked out of the box. Reading and writing to
| NTFS drives was a breeze. The distro was beautiful and stable. The
| installation was simple. Superb.
| Felicia is a great choice for everyone, be they Windows users of all
| persuasions, new Linux users or even veterans. It has something for everyone.
| Combined with the healthy Ubuntu community that sort of shadows Linux Mint as
| a sort of an unofficial chaperon, a well written User Guide, and the now
| standard friendliness of Ubuntu-based distros, you're in for a great, minty
| treat.


DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics in 2007 and 2008

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| The star distribution of 2008 was undoubtedly Linux Mint, a project which has
| been successful in enhancing a standard Ubuntu and GNOME with a variety of
| user-friendly tools and features. Other operating systems rising noticeably
| in the ranking were Dreamlinux, Puppy Linux, FreeBSD, gOS and PC-BSD. On the
| other hand, severals distributions have fallen over the past year, most
| noticeably Freespire, KNOPPIX, Zenwalk Linux, Gentoo Linux and MEPIS Linux.
| Overall though, it's the same old story - the Ubuntu, openSUSE and Fedora
| pages continue getting most hits year after year, with only an
| occasional "outsider" upsetting the dominant trio.


Review: Linux Mint 6

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| I'd give Linux Mint 6 a big thumbs up. There were a few things that annoyed
| me about it, but those are minor and easy to disable if you're willing to do
| a little tweaking. But out of the box it's quite nice.