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Old 26. Jul 2012, 09:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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In their homepage I can see 3 versions of Mint. KDE, Xfce and Maya. Which one is the best among them?
Those are desktop environments. Some like GNOME, KDE or Xfce. My personal favourite is GNOME among the three.
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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MATE 1.2 is a fork of GNOME 2. It continues to develop from the abandoned codebase of Gnome 2 but, as noted, some parts of GNOME 2 were not migrated to MATE yet.
Still not sure how this works.... The same instability issues that I have experienced have been nearly identical between Mate and Cinnamon. Are you saying Mate completely avoids Gnome3 by placing a forked Gnome2 desktop on top of Mint where as Mint is based on Ubuntu which uses Unity?

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"GNOME 3 is still early in development and that it took "eight, nine years to get to where GNOME2 ended up and we've had like four months of GNOME3." - GNOME designer William Jon McCann.
So shoot the horse and lets start gnome3 from scratch and possibly produce a desktop as good as Gnome2. This kind of thinking keeps me attached to Mint Julia.
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 10:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Are you saying Mate completely avoids Gnome3 by placing a forked Gnome2 desktop on top of Mint where as Mint is based on Ubuntu which uses Unity?
I'd think along this line:

Linux Mint 13 MATE Edition is using MATE desktop environment, a fork of GNOME 2, whereas Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon Edition is using Cinnamon desktop environment, a fork of GNOME 3, to make it a bit look like GNOME 2. More details about Cinnamon here.
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 11:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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This article is worth reading:

Linux Desktops: Cinnamon vs. Unity

Some good points to pick up, but everyone might have different thoughts.

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Old 26. Jul 2012, 02:11 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments and links Jojo.

I've seen antiviruses for Linux also, like Avast. Is it really necessary to run an antivirus on Linux?
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... Is it really necessary to run an antivirus on Linux?
Good intro to basic security for Linux here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BasicSecurity

Quote "This guide is intended for the typical, average home user that is in the process of learning how to use Ubuntu. So if you just surf the net, play games (on-line & off-line), do on-line banking, education...then you are the intended audience. However if you are running a network server (especially one that is accessed via the Internet) or if you use Ubuntu in your corporate environment (or simply work from home) then the advice you need is more specialized and beyond the scope of this guide"

Hope it's a start at least?

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"Myth: If I install an anti-virus program I'll be fine.

Reality: At the time of writing, there are no known viruses on the big bad web designed to target Linux. A few targeting Windows can execute in a manner that could allow compromise of a Linux system via an interpreter layer like Wine. Very few people recommend existing anti-virus software for Linux machines, in part because there are few decent free anti-malware solutions available. Enterprise class solutions are good, but the consumer-grade products aren't on par with their Windows counterparts enough to warrant their use. Moreover, if you focus entirely on viruses then you are ignoring the vast majority of real threats to your Ubuntu machine. "
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 09:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I will occasionally download Windows software while using Linux that I will copy to my Windows partition. For that I use an on-demand scanner like Clam. Otherwise I don't use any back ground antivirus.


This Is the article concerning Mate being based on Gnome 3 http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...3_edition.html

Mate may be built on gnome 2 right now, It won't be for long

KDE here I come

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Old 26. Jul 2012, 11:58 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Jojoyee is correct about Mate, but I'm not sure how they can pull it off as Gnome3 continues to matures and how does this fit in with Mint being based on Ubuntu. It just seems there are to many moving parts to keep track. Will there be a point where Mint breaks away like Ubuntu has started to do with Debian.
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I will occasionally download Windows software while using Linux that I will copy to my Windows partition. For that I use an on-demand scanner like Clam. Otherwise I don't use any back ground antivirus.
Me too although I prefer the free BitDefender scanner because it has the type of GUI I was used to in Windows. Just helps to prevent the possibility of passing on a Windows virus to other Windows users, otherwise no use at all.

There are a few rootkits targeting Linux however, but you can hunt for these using the aptly named rkhunter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rkhunter
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Old 27. Jul 2012, 03:21 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Me too although I prefer the free BitDefender scanner because it has the type of GUI I was used to in Windows
Now that I'm using KDE I will use BitDefender as well. With Gnome it was easy to use Clams AV with the on demand scanner from the context menu. Dolphin doen't have this option (that I know of)
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