Linux Mint 15 Review: Arch’s Nemesis? | LAS s27e02

Linux Mint 15 Review: Arch’s Nemesis? | LAS s27e02

Linux Mint 15 is about to hit the web. Is this the distro for the disenfranchised Ubuntu user? We’ll demo of some of Mint 15’s best new features, look at MATE vs Cinnamon. And why Mint’s real competition might be Arch Linux, and the Arch challenge is announced!

PLUS: A flash review of 5 great new games for Linux, a huge BIG batch of your feedback…


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Linux Mint 15 Review:


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  • 8 Month support cycle or so (depends on release). Mint releases not built off Ubuntu LTS will be subject to the shorter support window non-LTS Ubuntu releases now have.

  • No upgrade path from Mint 14, or to Mint 16 in the future.

  • MATE and Cinnamon are at their best, current releases really starting to shine.

  • Tools built by the Mint team are top rate, and fill holes missing on Ubuntu.

  • Linux Distro Timeline

  • Linux MintRoadmap · GitHub

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“This is not about us against new, emerging platforms,” Saarnio said. “This is about new platforms against Android. I think that’s the game.”

On May 23, the second day of a three-day Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco, TechTastic reported confirmation of a rumored debut Tizen smartphone called the GT-I8805 in Samsung’s UAPROF systems. The GT-I8805 (“Redwood”) is listed as running Tizen 2.1 on an ARM Cortex-A9 SoC and offering 1280 x 720 resolution and LTE support.

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Dungeon Defenders is a Tower Defense Action-RPG where you must save the land of Etheria from an Ancient Evil! Create a hero from one of four distinct classes to fight back wave after wave of enemies by summoning defenses and directly participating in the action-packed combat!

It is the year 2938. The long wished-for encounter of the X Universe and the Earth holds both joy and sorrow for the people. Despite flourishing trade, the clash of the diverse races, cultures and life forms creates new tensions, mistrust and open conflict that need to be overcome!

Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.

The fan-favorite 2D brawler is back as ex-mob hit man Shank returns to action in Shank 2. With those closest to him under attack, Shank is once again forced on the offensive. Now he must put his trusty arsenal of handguns, shotguns, automatic weapons, chainsaws, machetes, grenades, plus all-new weaponry.

Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. It has been in development and use since October 2010.

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