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Old 11. Jan 2012, 06:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I Thought I would update my experience with Mint 12 Gnome
I decided to go with the classic desktop and not Mate due to the negative comments on various forums. As the picture above shows the toolbar is at the top. I would like to move it to the bottom but haven't figured out how to do it yet. One of the things I missed was my ability to edit Menu items which I found impossible to do with the Gnome 3 desktop. Works great in classic mode but you will need to install the Main Menu software if you want more user account options you will need to install the User and Groups app. If your having problems with seeing the Grub menu just install the Startup_Manager and set the resolution to 800X600 this is mainly a bug with the Nvidia driver. I thought about installing Emerald but again due to the negative remarks at various forums I think I will wait. Compared to Ubuntu 11.10 Mint was much easier to work with but I admit I learned a thing or two during the process of obliterating Ubuntu. One thing I really like about the new Mint is its sound software, in one word its (sweet) I can also use my USB webcam/microphone with sound Which means I can now Skype with my buds without having to boot to Windows
I can see myself sticking with Mint 12 but I'm hoping they will work the kinks out of mate so I will wait till the next update before trying it. I will probably do so using VirtualBox, yes its a little slow due to my hardware but I should see enough on how Mate is working before upgrading. I just hope the developers stick with mate for the long term.

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I couldn't resist trying out Mint 12 KDE which was released yesterday. Having seen how many Mint devotees were expressing their dissatisfaction with Gnome 3, I was already suspecting that quite a few of these might be tempted over to KDE.

I downloaded the live x64 and burned it to a DVD. On boot, apart from the options screen, all I got was a black monitor until the desktop appeared. Thereafter, I immediately hit my favorite KDE Network Manager bug which prevented me configuring a DSL connection. That said, and unlike some other distros, a quick flirt with pppoeconf in the terminal sorted this out. My keyboard wasn't recognized for the live session either, but this was soon sorted from the system settings.

Having already seen (bonus! ) that my alternative broadband modem was being recognized, I went ahead and installed it. I already had another Linux dual booted with Windows 7, but it was just a question of selecting the existing Linux partitions and replacing what I had there with Mint.

The install went flawlessly apart from the half hour needed to download the language packs and then another hour plus for the updates after. I do wish they would sort this out, especially the language packs, which adds a real dose of time onto folks with a slower connection.

Early days yet in use, but everything seems smooth, snappy and stable. An error message I received about a missing file during the live session never appeared after again install, although I have had a couple of notices about the indexing service failing. Overall though a very pleasant experience so far, and none of the Software Manager issues for me as experienced by quite a few using the RC.
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Old 05. Feb 2012, 12:39 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'll be looking forward to see how your getting along with Mint KDE. I briefly tried the RC version and it was horrendous. I'm still testing Kubuntu and its pretty good but not better than Mint Julia Gnome.

There's allot to like about KDE and there are a ton of KDE apps (not all of them good) but many are as good as their Gnome counter parts.
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I'll be looking forward to see how your getting along with Mint KDE.
No need to hold your breath because it's gone already

After booting this morning I experienced a range of issues. Horrendously slow network, windows not closing, unable to access either my Windows partition or external drive, sound issues. At this point I gave up.
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