Saturday, January 9, 2010

Linux Mint...a revolution in the making

Its the 'green' season and everything's going green! And now even OSes have joined the green bandwagon (at least as far as naming of OSes is concerned).

Say hello to Linux Mint, the new Linux OS which has created quite a stir. Linux Mint uses the same repositories as Ubuntu, so it looks and feels much like it. But what Linux Mint promises is something quite extraordinary. It has virtually gotten rid of every 'techy' bits Ubuntu has and managed to create an OS which is well and truly 'universal' in appeal. Even Windows users will find this OS very very user friendly (I doubt what the KDE users will say now though, coz Ubuntu already has a tag of being too simple). There's another reason for this meteoric rise in Linux Mint's popularity. This OS is community driven. And for once, thats exactly what it is! Development takes place virtually every minute and updates are very frequent. Basically, the Mint community implements anything they find useful. Now thats something really cool!

Anyway, I downloaded the .iso file from the Linux Mint site. As 32 bit OSes are quoted to be more stable than their 64 bit counterpart, I tested the 32 bit version of the OS. Below is a list of images which will explain to you the installation process and give you a taste of the look and feel of Linux Mint.

Once you insert the CD of Linux Mint, this is what you get (the images are in sequence):

[Press any key preferably the 'Esc' key to select options, or else the CD will boot as a Live CD]
Next you'll have to select your type of installation, for a complete installation select as is shown in the image below. For live cd type installation, select the first option.

And the quite cute shutdown screen, check it out:

Press enter and your PC should restart. This is how the booting process unfolds:

And here's the really really cool Linux Mint menu. Much much more exhaustive and useful than the default Ubuntu menu.

That was the installation process of Linux Mint. Stay tuned for more info and guides. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something huge.



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  3. Linux Mint is superb for newbies, and the XFCE community edition is excellent on older hardware.

    But for ETHICAL reasons I won’t ever use or recommend Linux Mint. For THREE reasons:

    1 – While nothing they have done is illegal, and there is really no such thing as plagiarism in the world of Free and Open Source Software, Linux Mint seems completely plagiarized. Linux Mint is “Ubuntu with green paint” and multimedia codecs pre-installed. Other apps which are supposedly unique to Mint also appear to have “plagiarized.” MintMenu, for example, looks suspiciously like a green version of Gimmie (see Take the Number One Linux distro, change a little artwork, take Canonical’s name off of it and put your own name on; add a few multimedia codecs (of questionable legality in several countries like the United States and Japan) and other apps borrowed from elsewhere, and bingo! You’re a “Linux developer.” Now all you have to do is make a deal with Google and rig it up as an automated fund-raiser. Perfect. Make money and gain fame with your new “distro.” Linux Mint is an Ubuntu remix, not a true distribution.

    2 – Following “the Great Linux Mint Political Train Wreck” (see,2845,2346637,00.asp ), Linux Mint has become an infamous project associated with anti-Semitic terrorism.

    3 – Because merely USING Linux Mint raises money for the project (thanks to the default automated fund-raising Google search feature), it is reasonable to assume that if the “developer” is a man of conscience who puts his money where his mouth is, that a portion of those funds may be used to benefit Hamas and other terrorist groups in the so-called “Palestinian cause.”

    Sorry. Great Ubuntu remix though it is, it is distasteful at best because of its politicization, and unworthy of the GNU/Linux community.

  4. Thank you for the comment.

    I must admit I was completely unaware of this political angle to Linux Mint. However the thing is, when a normal user downloads an OS, one hardly goes through all the ramifications of the download. I am quite sure this is the case with most of the users of Linux Mint right now.

    Also, the thing is, Linux Mint as of now fills a tiny but very important gap in the Linux sphere. Without a doubt Ubuntu is friendly, but Linux Mint is just 'friendlier'. And to be frank thats kind of enough to sort of gain followers for a distro. Till a few years back, Linux was an OS for the techy, for the geeks. But now, as more and more people are turning towards Linux, (most of whom are long term Windows users mostly looking for a Windows like OS for free) you will find these new distros which are without a doubt very user friendly, thriving. Perhaps this is also a signal for Cannonical and the Ubuntu developers to make sure Ubuntu remains the sole alternative for all the new Linux converts.

  5. whoa. Spare us your histrionics and FUD. The Mint developer commented on a current event, in a heartfelt and direct way (follow the link to read it). And according to robinzrants, the project is now "infamous," "associated with anti-semitic terrorism," and raising money for the likes of Hamas.


    You must like your fear very much. Maybe people will take your word for it; maybe not.