As the title of the article says, I will try to do a little review of Linux Mint 16 "Petra", since it has gone unnoticed on the blog (or at least that indicates the search engine). As some of you may know, if you have read the one I did from Manjaro, I don't like to score distributions for the simple fact that this generates competitiveness, which I do not like at all since I think that each PC does better one distribution than another. On the other hand, I will also leave the thoughts that lately haunt my head as a result of three great articles by three great authors from the world of blogging. GNU / Linux: Enrique Bravo, Yoyo Fernandez y Victor hck. The three highly recommended reading if you suffer a crisis of distrohopping or versionitis.
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Installation and motivations
Following the article by Enrique Bravo, in which I unburdened myself by leaving a text brick as a comment, I realized that since September I had tried many things: Manjaro, Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and Mate, LMDE Cinnamon, Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, Kubuntu 13.10, Debian Testing XFCE. Then I realized that I had become a person who practiced a risky sport: the distrohopping. I did not enjoy anything and even my distribution for a year and a half, Debian XFCE, I found it uncomfortable. Apart from some bugs that I did not want to solve.
It was then that this article moved me and I thought it was time to move on from these issues and stay put. So, neither short nor lazy, I decided to install Linux Mint 16 with Cinnamon, since, the time that I was in LMDE I did very well and the new version, reviewed by elav on the blog, it painted very well; for being like Ubuntu, an install and use distribution; and, along with a dose of hypocrisy because I do not like the scores, for being the distribution 10, under the criteria of La Sombra del Helicopter.
Installation, as in practically all distributions today, does not present any difficulties. And following the same process as always:
- Choice of keyboard
- User Data
It should be noted, that I made an installation configuring LVMWell, I like having the option to resize the partitions as required by the moment. And since I plan to install some somewhat heavy software, it is better to leave LVM and don't let the bull catch us. Mind you, letting the installer Mint manage everything. Error! Well, I had to resize the root partition. But I leave this for a future article.
Cinnamon 2.0 experience
Once installed, and after the required reboot, I find myself facing a very good startup time and an improved MDM screen with an animated background. Completely superficial things but that help to have a good feeling that the details are taken care of and it is done thinking about reaching the maximum number of possible users.
After a somewhat strange sound, product of the new sounds of Linux Mint 16 (When entering the desktop, connecting / disconnecting a USB, etc.) that come by default and that is another of the things that helps improve the feeling of good work of the people of Mint, I find the Cinnamon desktop that by default comes very nice and functional. Although it is true that this is completely personal, for me, it is the first time that I leave a desktop as it is by default (changing the menu bar above to be more efficient by having to move the mouse less).
For those who don't know, Linux Mint 16 carry the kernel 3.11 which adds improvements for users of Intel y ATI / AMD and has its software based on Ubuntu 13.10, which assures us a good software base at our fingertips. Once installed, I check how everything works the first time. So nice! Improvements in Cinnamon are notable and I refer to the article linked above elav. Higher performance is noticeable: graphical system startup times, application startup times, desktop effects response, etc.
Just installed the manager of managing updates mintUpdate, notifies that there are pending updates. After a quick update we already have our desktop to use. The software included by default is the same as in other versions. Others include:
- Totem Player
- The applications of Mint such as: mintUpdater, mintUpload (I'm still not sure what this is for), mintBackUp and the Mint software center.
As you can see, nothing new. A very good selection of software that allows us to do everything everyday without much difficulty. The new «edge-tiling» and «edge-snapping» allows you to work very comfortably with several windows at the same time
In terms of performance, it is worth highlighting the decrease in memory consumption RAM at the beginning Cinnamon, in my case less than 10%. I suspect that the independence of Gnome has something to do with it. After a long time using it and with an open application, consumption does not reach a 15% which is very good data. In general, the distribution is quick and light. Also, no unexpected application errors / crashes as occurs in Ubuntu.
Finally, it must be said that the team of Linux Mint he has done a great job. It is a great distribution that will be the prelude to version 17, which will have support until 2019 (5 years), and if it can be like 16, it will be a great LTS. Personally, I think I have found a distribution that I am comfortable with. A distribution that allows you to work and forget about configurations, errors and things that do not work the first time. We must stop seeing distributions as an experiment and we must start seeing them for what they are: operating systems for our work / leisure. I'm not saying experimenting / testing is wrong, but I think more should be done in order to report bugs or help. Although as always, each person is free to do with their free time as they please.
Recommended reading, sources and reference websites:
- Some images have been taken from: http://linuxmint.com/rel_petra_cinnamon_whatsnew.php