Mint 11 Review | LAS | s17e02

Mint 11 Review | LAS | s17e02

Linux Mint 11 hits the streets, does their bold choice to go retro pay off? Or does it end up feeling old and busted? We review and you’ll find out!

THEN – Is Windows 8 just a cheap knock off of Gnome 3? We discuss!

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Episode Show Notes:

Runs Linux:
Asus Shipping Ubuntu 10.10 on Three Eee PC Netbooks

Android Pick:
Mt Gox Bitcoin Widget
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Linux Pick:
Ardour

NEWS:
How much GNU is there in GNU/Linux?
openSUSE renames OBS
HTC: no more locked-down phones
Magea 1.0 released
OpenOffice.org to go Apache?
Ubuntu Software Center getting a Developer Portal
Windows 8 vs Gnome 3 & Unity

LINUX MINT 11 REVIEW:

Linux Mint 11 released
LINUX MINT 11 HAS BEEN RELEASED [SCREENSHOTS]
Linux Distribution Reviews: Linux Mint 11 (Katya)

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14 Responses to “Mint 11 Review | LAS | s17e02”

  1. Oberkornster Says:

    Love the intro!  ^_^

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Chris, I can’t say for the current version of Mint, but I was running the PPA version of the Mint Menu in Ubuntu before upgrading to Natty (in addition to the Talika applet for iconified window switching). I had a ton of launchers in the favorites section, and did not make use of panel launchers. You could previously make the menu pretty large (much like the Unity Dash). erhaps it is still configurable that way in the native Mint 11 version. This is how mine looked with Ubuntu 10.04:
    http://i.imgur.com/nhXDp.png

  3. Linux Rocks Says:

    Chris, What about a review on Pinguy OS 11.04.1 next?

  4. Lemuel Cantos Says:

    I’m with Bryan here. I like the Ubuntu Software Center and I like UbuntuOne, it’s really cool. I just don’t understand why Mint doesn’t come with them.

  5. asedsa Says:

    Mint is NEVER going to ship an Ubuntu branded store that requires an Ubuntu user account to use. It would be akin to Windows 8 shipping with iTunes or Google Earth.

  6. Phillip Says:

    Hey Chris and Bryan, got hooked on your show about a month ago, best Linux video/audio show out there, and theres a lot of them out there. Since all the major distros are out the gate now I was wondering if you guys can look at the AMAHI home server. It’s a neat little home server that has a number of useful plugin apps available. If you guys do look at Amahi, can you use your Awesome Linux-Foo and see what this thing can do on the local network as well as personal app hosting potential.       

  7. Anonymous Says:

    The new Windows 8 shell does NOT run ontop of the old shell, they’re two different shells running next to eachother, and it’s really more of a replacement for the start menu.

    Neither do you have to go into the “windows desktop” to access files, you won’t see that desktop unless you open a “legacy” application.

    Think of it this way:

    Windows 8 comes with a completely new UI, but to keep support for legacy applications they’ve integrated the old desktop environment as a “backup solution”. Similar to XP-mode in Windows 7 just more integrated and not really virtualized.

    Good article here:

    http://www.osnews.com/story/24814/Windows_8_The_Legacy-less_Windows_We_ve_Been_Waiting_for

  8. edm Says:

    @Bryan about gnome3 with minimize/maximize button and icons on desktop: I have that stuff from the first day I got gnome3, you can activate it using gnome-tweak-tool.
    @ChrisLAS and the temperature of his HP notebook: you could use gnome3 in fallback mode (classic gnome2 desktop with two panel and metacity) so you can have all gnome3 applications without the need of a composite manager; to activate it go to gnome-control-center -> system information -> force fall back.

  9. Starzec Darmand Says:

    Hey Linux People :)

    Just a thought, is there any reason for Bryan to use Mint, i mean seriously, Bryan install xubuntu 11.04.
    Better for power users due to low ram usage, standard simple menu ( with its own tool to search aps – like gnome-do ), ubuntu software center installed of course, nice and totaly configurable panel similar to docky but without memmory eating animations).
    My point is, if anyone want to have good classic experience, and ubuntu goodies in it, Xubuntu is the way to go. ( don’t get me wrong i love mint too ).
    Also would be really cool to see some xubuntu love in LAS, imho its the distro where xfce really shines.

  10. master chief Says:

    Hey Linux People :)

    Is there any reason for Bryan to use Mint, i mean seriously, Bryan install xubuntu 11.04.
    Better
    for power users due to low ram usage, standard simple menu ( with its
    own tool to search aps – like gnome-do ), ubuntu software center
    installed of course, nice and totaly configurable panel similar to docky
    but without memmory eating animations).
    My point is, if anyone want
    to have good classic experience, and ubuntu goodies in it, Xubuntu is
    the way to go. ( don’t get me wrong i love mint too ).
    Also would be really cool to see some xubuntu love in LAS, imho its the distro where xfce really shines.

  11. yugnip Says:

    I agree with Linux Rocks, you should give Pinguy OS 11.04.1 a try.

  12. ormaaj Says:

    Golf clap for Mint 11

  13. Master Chief Says:

    I take back what i said in previous comment ( also sorry for double posting etc. i was doing 1 person
    ‘beer is good’ show ). Tried Mint on desktop and im simply loving it. While it looks mostly like version 10,
    the updates to software menager and updates are great. And it actually performs bit better then xubuntu for me. No idea how they did it, but ram usage is very low, even with browser and hd movie at vlc.
    Mint previous versions perfomed very well too, but this is just amazing.
    Note – i don’t care much about proprietary drivers anymore, those installed by default works great on my radeon 4850 ( better then proprietary in most cases).
    Also , Pinguy OS review would be nice.

  14. Barbex Says:

    All I can say is: after almost punching my fist through the screen to get rid of unity in ubuntu 11.04 installing Mint 11 was like coming home! I just feel comfortable with it.

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