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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Linux Mint 13 Review

Linux Mint 13
Kernel 3.2.0-23-Generic
Gnome 3.4.1

I was testing out USU Linux (USU Linux Review) when I heard that Clem released two version of Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and Mate, since I am a LM fan boy myself, I took some time off with my current review and downloaded linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit-rc and have it installed to fully experience the greatness of a distro I always believe it has to be installed otherwise you'll missed half of the fun it has to offer.

After installing it to my handy 4 gig flash drive I gave it a go, booting always runs sweet be it Helena up to katya after a few beeps and seconds LM displays its wallpaper LM Maya quite an art work before installing I decided to take it for a little spin first before christening it to my drive.

            I love the new look Clem decided to adopt for this release, with my 3 days of intensive usage I find cinnamon very promising might be the successor of gnome, KDE and maybe including LXDE! to think that it’s still on its RC stage at the time of this review. I will put a bet a few months more this will be a tough contender in the GUI industry!
            When Clem's team offered LM 12 I was one of the many who turn their heads around for an alternative to LM and found a new love under the wings of Comice OS 4 and USU Linux. At that turning point in my computing experience I dont know if I would return to LM again but this offering by Clem's Team have proven that LM indeed is destined to replace Ubuntu in its position as top Linux Dog!
Ease of Use
            do we have to really delves in this area? I mean its LM for crying out loud! With this release LM just solidifies its hold on the “ease of use” category I would not like to waste your time for something you/we already knows the answer!

            Accessories – my only take here is the imagewriter it does not seem to function effectively I tried using it a couple of times to no avail.
            Graphics – just functional
            Internet – good (hope next time they add Skype and chrome)
            Office – great
            Sound and Video – good (could not play wmv files though)
            System Tools – good as always (though power statistics seems similar to system monitor)
            Preferences – great
            Administration - great
            Request – please kindly include geany and other programming languages (C++, Python,  scratch...)
Hardware Detection
            No doubt this is an area LM does not astray itself from, always great from Boot-Up to shutdown I would definitely say hands down superb!

Memory Footprint
            Surprisingly with additional arsenals here and there it did not wreak havoc to its memory! Memory consumption is at its prime and leanest! Just like Comice OS 4 and USU (review to follow) definitely a must for other Distro out there.

My Rating:

All in all, my rating is 9.5 / 10! 
“I wandered before but now I'm back to my HOME thanks Clem and Team”

Editor’s note: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon was compared against Comice OS 4 and USU Linux.


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