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Linux Mint. Just like its parent distro Ubuntu an enigma. Born in Ireland out of a frustration of what the current distros included, or better yet lacked, this little package has taken the Linux community by storm. A quick check on Distrowatch says that it came into light there November 14, 2006 and in that time has risen to the near top ten (when looking at the last 30 days) and spent some time within the top ten following the latest release Bianca (2.2).
Does this distro bring something truly new to the scene, say as a Sabayon did with its massive package and 3D look for Gentoo? The answer is realistically no, there are many out there that does essentially what Mint does. Then again, there really is not an Ubuntu distro that has the same look, feel and functionality out of the box, so I would have to say it does shed light on what Ubuntu done right could be. In our review of Ubuntu we focused on how to bring full functionality by running Automatix within Ubuntu to get Media capabilities and other need to have tools into the distro. Well with Mint, we don't even have to talk about any additional tool, this one comes fully loaded out of the box and looks great as well.
Once again we were able to reach out to the development team of Linux Mint and Clement Lefebvre was gracious enough to take the time to answer a few of our questions, which you will find in the bonus section.