Review: Minty Freshness with Linux Mint

Ever since I installed Intrepid on the laptop, I felt that everything had slowed down. Maybe it was because it was an online upgrade and not a fresh install. There were also small glitches that kept bugging me. Things like unclean shut downs and startups and losing wifi connection every now and then.

So, when I happened to come upon Linux Mint based on Intrepid, I thought this was a good chance for me to switch my flavour of Linux but not go too far away. Linux Mint also looks a lot nicer and since I like to work on a system that’s good looking, I decided to install Linux Mint.

They claim to make the Linux Diesktop a lot smipler for the average Linux user like me. Not being a power user I am basically capable of finding solutions to my linux problems online and then implementing them on my own. I can’t however figure our what to do myself.

My Linux Mint install was the same as Ubuntu. Things went well all the way through and everything except wifi was up and running without any effort. What I found very refreshing was that even setting up wifi (with the infamous AR5007 chip) was a breeze in Mint! All I had to do was download the Windows drivers from Atheros website and use a utility provided by Mint called “Windows Wireless Drivers” (how convenient… right?). I pointed this little utility to the .inf file that was in the Windows driver package and BOOM… on came the wifi light of my laptop. That was it! I was done!

Since I installed it just this afternoon, the things that I like so far are:

  1. The ease of install
  2. The familiarity of Ubuntu
  3. The little little additional utilities to tweek other utilities.
  4. The Mint Menu (Yes I like it!)
  5. Gnome Do ( I know I can install this in Ubuntu also, but here its already there)
  6. The software manager. (Better put together than the Add/Remove in Ubuntu)
  7. Multiple desktops in Compiz have the really cool Sphere in addition to the Cube.

I haven’t done any customizations till now so heres a snapshot of the default screen that I have.

My LInux Mint Desktop

My Linux Mint Desktop

I feel that the system is running faster now than it was earlier. I will put up a full review after I have used the system for a while.

3 Responses to “Review: Minty Freshness with Linux Mint”

  1. January 24, 2009 at 9:39 PM #

    Linux doesn't usually get slow as the install gets older unlike windows because there is no registry or other legacy cruft to carry along. But yes, Intrepid feels heavier than the previous release.

    I've been hearing good things about Mint too. Will have to give it a try sometime… I'm too happy using Debian Sid right now 🙂

    • January 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM #

      Thats what I thought… but my fresh installs seem to always run faster than my online upgrades.

    • January 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM #

      Hey… I thought Sid was a development version never to be released?

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