Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
To begin with this review, I have to say that before running Linux Mint, I had already used two other Linux distros. Then I saw a great Linux time line and there was a distro called Linux Mint which forked from Ubuntu. I had a look at their website and it was looking good, so I downloaded Linux Mint 3.0 codename Cassandra.
Setting it up
Installation was pretty easy, and went on the same way as Ubuntu’s. I didn’t dig too much to see what it looked like from the LiveCD, because I want too see if it on my hard drive. Boot loader detected my Vista the same way Ubuntu did too. No surprises here.
Step one: update.
Easy as hell, just like Ubuntu: I got the list, it updated and rebooted.
Step two: graphics driver.
Here I noticed the first difference: instead of getting the old nvidia-glx, Mint comes packed with Envy, a tool that allows you to automatically download the bleeding edge driver for your nVidia or ATi card. However, I had the color depth issue that Ubuntu had already brought me, so I ran ‘nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals -d 24‘ and rebooted.
Step three: Beryl.