Thursday, December 1, 2011

Linux Mint-12 Upgrade from Ubuntu





I have been quite happy with Ubuntu up untill 11.10 when they dropped Gnome for Unity leaving us without a choice.  But I tried to get use to it but found it somewhat glitchy.  Then I kept hearing talk about the Mint branch of Linux. 

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UPDATE: Printer support for my Kodak ES5200 All-In-One printer has always been missing since Kodak hasn't supported Linux.  But I was able to print to it with Mint 12.  I still can't use Kodak's software to utilize the scanner, but it is in the right direction.
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So I looked into it and read about on it to see what the details where.  The first thing that got my attention was that it used Gnome but what made me take the dive ...I could upgrade from Ununtu 11.10 to Mint 12.  Since Mint 12 is based on Ubuntu 11.10 it was posible to do an upgrade, though Mint also offers a Live CD just like Ubuntu allowing to test drive the OS before installing. One can also choose to do I Clean Install as well among a few other options. More information and downloads for Mint-12 can be found HERE.

My production machine is still running Windows XP64 with a dual-boot option with Ubuntu and now I have Mint 12 on my laptop along with MyPaint 1.0, GIMP 2.7.4 and Blender 2.60 last Daily Build. which makes for a great little travel companion.

Thank you,
Steve

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