[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Derivative Mint in Review ("Perfect Desktop" Guide)

[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Derivative Mint in Review ("Perfect Desktop" Guide)

Post by Roy Schest » Fri, 04 Dec 2009 03:24:49

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The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 8 (Helena)

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| This tutorial shows how you can set up a
| Linux Mint 8 (Helena) desktop that is a
| full-fledged replacement for a Windows
| desktop, i.e. that has all the software
| that people need to do the things they do
| on their Windows desktops. The advantages
| are clear: you get a secure system without
| DRM restrictions that works even on old
| hardware, and the best thing is: all
| software comes free of charge. Linux Mint 8
| is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu
| 9.10 that has lots of packages in its
| repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe
| Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth,
| etc.) that are relatively hard to install
| on other distributions; it therefore
| provides a user-friendly desktop experience
| even for Linux newbies.


Ubuntu's B-Sides: Alternative Apps

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| In his blog, Canonical coworker Jorge O.
| Castro announces his so-called "b-sides" of
| Ubuntu, software that didn't make it into
| Ubuntu's standard installation.


Nouveau DRM Getting Pulled Into Lucid Soon

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| A week ago we found out that Nouveau would
| be pulled into Ubuntu 10.04 as the default
| NVIDIA graphics driver replacing the
| current open-source NVIDIA driver mess that
| is known as xf86-video-nv. The Nouveau
| driver stack isn't stable or officially
| released yet, but the 2D portion is in good
| standing and the 3D portion written to use
| Gallium3D is progressing (recent status
| update). The Nouveau driver has been used
| by default in two Fedora releases, but on
| the Ubuntu side it will be the default
| starting with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid
| Lynx", including the DRM / kernel mode-
| setting bits.



Linux Mint 8 elenareleased!

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| The 8th release of Linux Mint comes with
| numerous bug fixes and a lot of
| improvements. In particular Linux Mint 8
| comes with support for OEM installs, a
| brand new Upload Manager, the menu now
| allows you to configure custom places, the
| update manager now lets you define packages
| for which you don want to receive
| updates,the software manager now features
| multiple installation/removal of software
| and many of the toolsgraphical interfaces
| were enhanced.


Linux Mint 8 Helena Screenshots

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| Linux Mint 8 elenais based on Ubuntu
| 9.10 armic Koalaand it features the
| latest versions on many applications. Linux
| 2.6.31, Gnome 2.28 and Xorg 7.4 are all
| included in Linux Mint 8 along with
| significant changes to the menu, software
| manager, update manager, and a brand new
| upload manager. As has been the case in
| recent releases, the Linux Mint artwork has
| been adjusted to give the Gnome 2.28
| desktop a beautiful look. What your
| favorite feature of Linux Mint 8?

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[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Derivative Mint in Review ("Perfect Desktop" Guide)

Post by Jeff » Fri, 04 Dec 2009 05:32:17

Perhaps the best writeup ever
for the most-complete-out-of-the-box distro (codecs, players, etc.).
My only gripe: Having mentioned "old hardware",
I wish he would have stated the minimum specs
for those overly-optimistic users of ancient gear.


[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Derivative Mint in Review ("Perfect Desktop" Guide)

Post by Roy Schest » Fri, 04 Dec 2009 19:12:20

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____/ JeffM on Wednesday 02 Dec 2009 20:32 : \____

Well, Windows renders 1GB of RAM "ancient gear" and OS X comes only
with expensive PCs. So GNU/Linux is still lightest among the bunch,
even without resorting to lightweight distros.

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