Critical Review of Linux Mint 19

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13 thoughts on “Critical Review of Linux Mint 19

  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    I am also a person who uses and appreciates all types of OS. But, I feel you have been too critical about Linux Mint. For example, you tell that update and upgrade will confuse people. This is because you have more background knowledge about these things. Considered that it's targeted for momma's and daddy's, they don't care to know about that. They don't even update the OS by themselves. The reason why I come back to Mint is because it's stable. Because of it's conservative nature, it does not encourage users to upgrade to a new release if the current build is working fine. I try a lot of Linux distros, I have used Arch, Manjaro, Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu,Elementary and more, but the reason why I come back to Mint is because it requires minimal maintenance. After a lot of distro hopping, I want something where I can settle down and save my files and continue using it. There is nothing more satisfying than using something for a long time and doing work without worrying about the OS. Mint just does that. You didn't appreciate this aspect of Mint. That is one of the reasons why so many people prefer it. It is also more stable than Ubuntu while consuming less resources and it doesn't lag like Ubuntu GNOME. Mint 19 is especially faster than previous releases on opening apps.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    So you have definite information on Mint team monetizing with the search engines? Could you give us reference where you got this information?

    I feel you wanted to be critical just to be critical.

    It is a very good distro for a developer and content provider like me. It is stable and looks good. Btw. I also use OS X and Windows as well,as Mobile OS for testing. Linux Mint feels easiest to use for me.

    Anyway, I respect your review,but back your claims on the monetization.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    Cinnamon's WAY better than GNOME, for many reasons. Cinnamon has MORE features than GNOME for power and normal users, alike, such as A DESKTOP WITH ICONS (GNOME's getting RID of that)…

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    What’s your most recommended Linux distro for a new user that will also use windows too at first? If you don’t like Linux Mint then what about Ubuntu Mate? I’m trying to decide between Mint, Ubuntu Mate, Lubuntu, Xubuntu or Kubuntu, all are official Ubuntu distros other than Mint, but open to other distro suggestions too

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    I use chromium not chrome.
    I like Cinnamon DE
    I switched from Ubuntu to Linux Mint because I didn't like gnome in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    So if a distro has its own DE, it's a special feature
    I haven't done timeshift yet but I'm fine without it

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    @tom Ormiston his review is totally misleading…I don't understand why people compare Linux with windows and mac.there are a lot of things that you can't do in Mac but is possible with windows.its our own choice what we want to do and based on that we use different os.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    sorry but I have a lot of issues with what your saying, some which is reasonable but, much of which is just very misleading 8 points of concern below

    1) Rsync or BTRFS?… Doesn't Mint suggest Rsync as default? its been around since the mid 90's is maintained in fact and was only recently updated.

    2) Updates or upgrades? This is standard Linux. Updating your repo cache then upgrading your apps has been the default for years and no one seems to have much of an issue thus far. However perhaps some improvement in the UX/UI could be made to automatically do an upgrade after an update and visually show this so it ties in with the command line if a user were to venture into that later.

    3) Thunderbird in a state of limbo SERIOUSLY your kidding right??? Its got over 26 million users and a new version is due to come out around this week https://www-stage.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/60.0/releasenotes/ yes its certainly maintained in fact there are at least three people working on it full time thanks to donations.

    4) Without doing a lot of research this is about synchronising calendars in Thunderbird using using the CalDAV protocol https://bit.ly/2m91LfV

    5) Why Yahoo is the default, as Mint say on there website "The revenue generated by Linux Mint users when searching and clicking on sponsored links is shared between Yahoo and Linux Mint. " Its easy to switch to Google, saying its not like an open source is gobsmackingly incorrect and very misleading. Mint even say how to change it on their own site! https://www.linuxmint.com/searchengines.php

    6) The desktop is Cinnamon. People want stability in the UI, its one of the reasons they choose Mint. However , if you want to change the look and feel just 'spice' up your Cinnamon desktop with https://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/themes It's one of of Linux Mint's official tools.
    Cinnamon is very popular, as was KDE but they haven't the resources so they dropped KDE.

    7) Terminal is shown to encourage the curious. The could remove it but traditionally they had it so newcomers could easily find it. Not everyone knows the ALT+T shortcut.

    8) Tech savvy users USE Mint all the time; eg Youtubers 'Switched to Linux' and 'London App developer'

    Conclusion:
    The feedback on 'Timeshift' was interesting and I'm sure its going to be improved a lot in the next 6 months, the update/upgrade ok, perhaps some UX/UI improvements here….
    Mint I hope will have more 'Ubuntu Mate software boutique' type features to help newbies do some of things you pointed out.
    Indeed I hope there is less need to google these things, that's where improvement could be made perhaps

    However If this video was just a 'look see' i.e.. a quick dabble from the perspective of a newbie then I'd be more understanding.
    But that's not what you seem to be doing here.

    May I suggest you spend a little bit more time researching, trying out say Cinnamon Spices or whatever, if your aiming to do a comprehensive and more accurate review. Or explain why CalDAV or similar didn't work.

    Sorry but I expected better.

    PS. I don't use Mint myself, but maintain a Mint box for my Father who likes it a lot.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    I guess, you use Parabola: It has very "MacOS-like" icons and Netflix runs great in GNU IceCat?!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    I agree with everything you said except your comment that mint should drop cinnamon, cinnamon was built because people didn't like the direction gnome has gone, FYI I'm not a gnome hater/cinnamon lover as I'm a KDE/XFCE user

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    Good points overall, but where I disagree is that Mint should use Gnome. Come on man. I'm a Gnome fan too but Cinnamon is a great desktop that can look modern. It's made in GTK3 too. Check out the Adapta theme or even the built-in Mint-Y themes.

    My current laptop setup:
    https://i.imgur.com/9G2I7GQ.png
    https://i.imgur.com/anJCfRn.png

    Yeah, Mint making it difficult to get Google as a search engine on Firefox is odd. You have to go to this page https://www.linuxmint.com/searchengines.php scroll all the way down and then find the Google icon in that sea of icons. Not intuitive.

    I agree with your Timeshift opinion too. Showing the user RSYNC and BTRFS options could be fixed pretty easily. It could default to RSYNC with no prompt. Then, in the settings, advanced users could switch between the two.

    Interesting point on the icons. I think that is because they created a handful of system icons and have another icon pack as a fallback for icons they haven't created.

    Also, I'm not sure that "mamas and papas" are their target audience. On their about page: "The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use." So, they are aiming at everyone basically.

    I'd love to see you check out Solus too!

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