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.
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Nice, but flawed.
by Timmmm on Mon 28th Nov 2011 17:16 UTC
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

I installed this to give it a try. Unfortunately there are moderate number of obvious usability issues and bugs that I noticed in the first ten minutes:

1. The "start" menu isn't in the corner of the screen. It is slightly to the right. How many times must people get this wrong?!

2. Similarly the scroll-bars aren't right against the edge of the screen when windows are maximised. If you click right at the edge, in firefox it does nothing; in other apps it is the same as page down!

3. For some reason they changed the firefox icon to something unfamiliar.

4. The shell (gnome shell? whatever they use) crashed three times in the first five minutes of use. Fortunately it restarts quickly. Still...

5. Can't seem to add shortcuts to the top panel like you could in gnome 2. It just shows a useless copy of the window title. I can't work out the point of this.

6. The start menu is kind of awful. I have a 19" screen! Why does it only show 9 items at once?! Also by default it shows the "recently used" apps, but to click them you have to carefully navigate around the hover-activated app category menus. Not a great design!

7. I think this might be gnome's fault. But there's not central place to set file associations.

8. Software centre has lots of buttons which give no feedback and perform blocking operations. When you click on a package, the software centre freezes for a second or two.

9. They have disabled the ability to move and resize many windows (e.g. application-modal dialogs).

10. The graphical sudo prompt doesn't remember your authentication for any length of time, so if you want to install several packages from the software centre you have to enter your password once for each package!

I think I still prefer ubuntu.

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RE: Nice, but flawed.
by Jason Bourne on Mon 28th Nov 2011 18:29 in reply to "Nice, but flawed."
Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

Good points. Feels patchy, doesn't it? It tries to please everyone. They would be better off away from Ubuntu and designing their own UI.

Edited 2011-11-28 18:29 UTC

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