Oct 22, 2010

Linux Mint New features

Linux Mint, long known as a multimedia-ready spin on Ubuntu,Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories. Linux Mint 10 comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

System requirements:
  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 4 GB of disk space for installation
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • CD-ROM drive or USB port

System improvements

Adobe Flash: Linux Mint comes with the latest Adobe Flash "Square", running in full 32-bit or 64-bit (depending on your edition of Linux Mint) native mode. This plugin is faster than its predecessor, especially in full-screen.

Oracle Virtualbox: A new metapackage called "virtualbox-nonfree" was introduced. This package points to the non-open-source version of Virtualbox and provides USB support.

Signed repositories: No more warning is given for the usage of signed repositories. Using unsigned repositories no longer issues a warning but a validation question.

Highlight: The "highlight" command, used by "apt" is now faster and more reliable.

Meta packages: Codecs are now tracked by "mint-meta-codecs" and applications included in the DVD edition are tracked by "mint-meta-gnome-dvd".

Adjustment system: The mintsystem adjustment system is now LSB compliant.

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Mint includes a customized menu rather than the standard GNOME menu. The menu is divided into System, Places and Applications, and each section can be independently scrolled. The menu is customizable and can be set up to use a specified number of columns and to show recent documents. The ‘standard’ GNOME menu is also available for diehards who are more comfortable with it. The Mint menu system can also be configured to launch items when the user logs in-The Mint menu is likely to feel familiar and comfortable to many Windows users, while the standard menu for Ubuntu is more similar to the Mac OSX menu.  Linux Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu which is a derivative of Debian (Debian' = Ubuntu and Ubuntu' = Linux Mint). Why use a derivative of Ubuntu (or Debian for that matter) instead of just using the original product? On the fact  Mint is more than a "Skinned Ubuntu". Ubuntu and Mint are released once every six months. There is a one-month delay between a release of Ubuntu and a Linux Mint release based on that version of Ubuntu. This means that, during that month delay, the latest version of Mint will be missing the very newest software features available on Ubuntu. I liked Mint a lot better than I did Ubuntu, mainly because it was set up the way most people would like a computer to run. For users who want a system that is ready to go with no additional software installed, Linux Mint is usually a better choice. Otherwise, Ubuntu may be more suitable.

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