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.