Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
Thread beginning with comment 498267
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Good, but not perfect
by Construct1545 on Mon 28th Nov 2011 03:17 UTC
Member since:

This is a list of different things I have noticed with this particular version of Linux Mint using a Dell 1545 laptop (3GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, 2.53 GHz Core2Duo, Intel HD Graphics).

What in the world happened to the fast boot up and shutdown times? On my laptop, Ubuntu 11.04 and Mint 11 shut down around 4 seconds. Mint 12 has 15 seconds (even with me turning off some of the startup items.)

I like the elegant touch to the start menu though, and the fact that my resolution cannot handle any of the recent Linux boot screens at all, I found that keeping the screen black was okay (after finding out that it actually booted alright.)

I kept with MATE, as I was thinking about Gnome 3 again being a tablet interface. I can see this particular Gnome 3 setup with an advantage. If you want to use a tablet with the touch screen interface, you can use the top part of the screen for your navigation. If you want to put it on your desk and use it to type or navigate like a desktop, you can use the bottom half. It just seemed redundant to have both for a laptop, so I used MATE, which really isn't different from GNOME 2 other than that the bottom icons look a little closer together.

When I tried to use my sound buttons in MATE, they weren't binded. When I used them with Gnome 3, a very pixelated Mac-like speaker showed up and made a noise similar to the Mac speaker sound. At least the keys were binded in Gnome 3.

Applications didn't change except for adding gconf-editor into the menu, adding two extra terminal programs (which I uninstalled), and switching some programs into the system tools menu.

The only big problem outside of the interface and the slow speed is that there are many start-up items, including duplicates and some of these mentioned KDE.

I usually wait for bugs in most distros outside of Mint, but I think I am going to wait and see how it evolves for awhile. I'm going to keep it on my laptop, and may try it on my desktop to see the boot/shutdown times.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Good, but not perfect
by Delgarde on Mon 28th Nov 2011 03:36 in reply to "Good, but not perfect"
Delgarde Member since:

I kept with MATE, as I was thinking about Gnome 3 again being a tablet interface.

Why do you think of Gnome 3 as a tablet interface? I use it primarily on a desktop machine with a large screen, and it works great there.

However I can't imagine it being very well suited to small screens, and don't believe it was ever designed for that purpose. The default theme is just too inefficient of space to ever be usable on a system where pixels are a precious resource - it's certainly not practical on my 1024x600 netbook screen.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Good, but not perfect
by Construct1545 on Mon 28th Nov 2011 05:37 in reply to "RE: Good, but not perfect"
Construct1545 Member since:

It looks good on a desktop too, but I think of it as a tablet interface because of the applications menu, where you could scroll through all the programs and pick one. I think it would be alright if it were arranged just a little bit to remove some of the free space (to keep it inside the tablet limits).

I thought that it would also work as a tablet interface because open applications would either appear in the application icons area in the bottom or be in the applications screen, which is good for keeping the main desktop clear.

I think it might be okay for something sized like the iPad (the only tablet I've seen around where I live at). It might be a tight squeeze and may need some trimming.

With the laptop I tested it on, it was pretty good about space (and was pretty fast for using an Intel card), but it was a hassle scrolling through it with my touchpad (using a mouse is fine though.)

Reply Parent Score: 1