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Some thoughts on upgrades and Mint Debian

At some point in the future historians will be able to look back and pinpoint the exact date when updating your PC went from being a good idea to a bad one. And note that I’m talking here about updating the software on an existing, working computer, not buying a shiny new one off the shelf. Personally I would put the watershed mark around 2008. That was about the time that I tried to update a copy of Windows Vista on a new laptop, only to have all the data implode, and discovered that the laptop didn’t come with any kind of recovery disc. It was a good thing in a way, because it made me commit to Linux for the first time, in the form of Mandriva. But it should have taught me a lesson about updating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros

 

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The recent history of Mint

The Age of Distros

By the mid-2000s, with the arrival of reliable, attractive GUIs and an increasing supply of new applications software, Linux was not just for geeks any more. An enthusiastic worldwide network of users and developers began packaging and distributing their own favourite ‘flavours’ of Linux. These ‘distros’ usually consist of a Linux kernel, a bundle of essential and useful applications, and a GUI – GNOME, KDE or XFCE – customised with icons, colours and pictures. They were sent out on CD, or later made available on the Web, in easy-to-install packages. Some came with the backing and support of large corporations; others were produced by a small team or a single developer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in LINUX, Linux Applications, Other distros

 

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Open Source software

At some point in learning about Linux, every new user asks the obvious question: “If this stuff is so good, how come they give it away?” It’s a big compliment, because it recognises that Linux distros and their accompanying software are often first-rate, world-class programs, as good as or better than their commercial counterparts. And it’s not that easy to answer. But we can start to make sense of the idea by setting out two alternate approaches to the idea of history and culture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in LINUX, Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros

 

The History of Linux Mint

Linux Mint was developed in France, and released in 2006, by Clement Lefebvre. Lefebvre is notoriously reclusive and reluctant to give interviews – his online biography, in total, is ‘Nothing much to say… ;)’ – but he has repeatedly stressed that his aim in modifying Ubuntu was to achieve ‘elegance’. In practice this meant focusing on ease of use, incorporating user feedback, and choosing pleasant colour schemes and layouts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Mint OS, Ubuntu

 

Jolicloud: a Unity that works?

Long boring background story: at home I have a broadband router and three desktop computer (plus one laser printer) plugged into it by cable. Any of them are capable of running Linux Mint and connecting to the Internet and other PCs, though at the moment only one of them does. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Ubuntu, Unity, Vista

 

Ubuntu Unity — first (and last) impressions

I must be missing something. Here we are with a new interface for Ubuntu, a new KDE, a new Gnome, a new GTK, and I haven’t yet been able to figure out what was wrong with the old ones. I used Ubuntu for more than a year, and I have used Mint, which largely entails Ubuntu’s interface, for more than a year, and I haven’t yet found anything that I want to do which the interface prevents me from doing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Gnome, GTK, KDE, Ubuntu, Unity, Vista

 

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Virtually working

I have a word of advice for anyone bringing out a new version of a Linux distro — or any other operating system (OS) for that matter. Make sure it works in VirtualBox! Why? Because VirtualBox and similar programs are increasingly becoming the major testing grounds for any new software, particularly software that could destroy or seriously damage a system. I’ve been through enough failed installations and dual-boot nightmares to know that you don’t install a new OS unless it offers some fairly spectacular advantages over the one you currently have. Admittedly, when you already have Linux Mint that’s pretty hard to do, but I am happy to give other systems the benefit of the doubt, and as each new version of Ubuntu or Fedora or OpenSUSE comes out online, or appears in the letterbox with the latest copy of Linux Format, I fire up VirtualBox and give it a run. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Fedora, Mint OS, Ubuntu, VirtualBox

 

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