Linux Mint 12

After running Linux Mint 11 for about four or five months, Mint 12 has come out following Mint’s usual release cycle of six months.  As I posted previously, I moved from Ubuntu after they moved to Gnome’s Unity with Oneiric (11.10).  Suffice to say, I seriously dislike Unity – even on my old Dell Mini 10V netbook.

One of the guys at work mentioned that he was using Linux Mint 11 (Katya) and that since I like Ubuntu I should give Mint a try.  I did and I like it.

Since I get bored with sticking with one version I have to update when the new version comes out.  Hence, my upgrade to Lisa.  I am quite intrigued with Gnome 3.  I sort-of miss being able to add and/or configure the

It was a little different from Ubuntu where you just do a “upgrade distribution” but that being said, doing a clean upgrade does have something to be said about it.  I always perform a clean upgrade with Microsoft Windows between versions.  Not that Linux is anything like Windows!  😉

So far, I really like the interface.  Gnome 3 (without Unity – I could go on about the love-in that seems to have developed for Apple Mac OS X and the homage some developers are having – but I digress…) is rather interesting.  I sort-of miss not being able to customize the panels or add a new panel but not all that much.  The install went well – it even found my Dell XPS 15 (L501X) wireless card without having to resort to a wired connection and then downloading the updates to get the WiFi to work.  I always found that a pain in the butt.

[Another aside: Why are we still getting the

vesamenu.c32: Not a COM32R image

error when creating a bootable USB memory stick?  I have to search on how to fix it just about every time…  It really bugs me…]

The only got-ya I have found so far is that the Totem Coherence UPNP is broken (see here) and there does not seem to be very many Google posts about it.  [Yet another aside: for some reason VLC Player broke a couple of versions ago (hence my move to Totem Coherence…) whereby it would find my Synology DLNA NAS (a REALLY nice box – so nice I want to buy a bigger one!) but I couldn’t actually get any media.]

If you are interested in another Linux distribution, give Mint a try.  Mint also has a LiveCD version as well.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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