Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” released

Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” was released a few days ago, and given what I’d seen about from the comments posted in response to its release candidate the past couple weeks, I was anxious to give it a run. I updated one of my laptops (not the netbook) to it yesterday morning, replacing the Ubuntu 9.04 installation. Being based on Ubuntu, I didn’t expect any problems. The installation went smoothly, as expected, with just one minor hitch: the Mint install image doesn’t seem to include the needed Broadcom driver for the wireless card in this particular laptop so I had to briefly put it on a wired network connection here at home to go grab the needed third party driver. (This is the one significant difference I saw, compared to both previous Mint releases and Ubuntu’s release; given that it wasn’t a big deal to get past, I didn’t do much digging past that. For someone without a wired connection using a similar box, it might be more challenging to get past.)

Mint's default dark GNOME theme with contrasting greens is very attractive, and the most polished Mint to date.
Mint's default dark GNOME theme with contrasting greens is very attractive, and the most polished Mint to date.

This version continues the Mint team’s obvious emphasis on a polished initial experience with the distro. It is, in my opinion, the most polished of the Mints to date, with a dark GNOME theme and an emphasis on green for highlights, screen background, and icons. It is very attractive, even though I am generally not a big fan of darker themes.

Total time to back stuff up, install, and then get all of the usual stuff installed and configured was less than two hours. That includes the initial installation, along with getting Apache, PHP, MySQL, Eclipse (I went with the Galileo RC1 package this time) along with the AFAE plugin, Songbird, and Railo installed and configured, along with getting WordPress installed locally and running a development version of this blog, and hacking the default GNOME theme to squeeze the scrollbars down a skosh to a more efficient and attractive width.

YMMV but I’m very impressed.

Linux Mint 5 Released

Late yesterday, the latest release of my favorite Linux distro was made public. As much as I’ve liked having Ubuntu’s 8.04 release on my laptop, I’ll be ditching it within the next few days to give Linux Mint 5 a hard look. Mint has been my distro of choice for better than a year now, and based on that history, what I’ve read about the changes, and my positive experience with Ubuntu 8.04 (upon which this release of Mint is based), I don’t believe I will be disappointed.

I will follow up with more on this after the first of my re-builds.

LinuxMint 3.1

I haven’t posted much of late on my Linux dabblings, but have been running various versions of LinuxMint 3 for the past few months. I just (as in yesterday) moved two of my boxes over to the newly-released version 3.1 and it went flawlessly. I’ve been running the past couple of betas for a month or so without any trouble, so I really didn’t expect any issues when 3.1 was announced.

As has become my practice, the first things I typically did after installing was to switch to stock installations of Firefox (Gran Paradiso aka Firefox 3 alpha 8, in this case) and OpenOffice, rather than the versions installed from the distro’s repositories.