Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 7 (Gloria)

Filed under
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Linux Mint 7 is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 9.04 that has lots of packages in its repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth, etc.) that are relatively hard to install on other distributions; it therefore provides a user-friendly desktop experience even for Linux newbies.

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-linux-mint-7-gloria

Gloria is buggy

I installed Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) and had problems from the start.

First, the default bottom location of the single panel conflicts with Docky (Gnome Do). I suppose that can be changed, but having many other things to do, I installed Cairo-Dock instead. Virtual workspaces are not enabled by default. This is easily fixed, but the single panel gets crowded quickly. Also missing is a trash can. It is available from the "Places" menu.

While the above might be called "annoyances" and not "bugs", there are true bugs too. Although correctly configured, "System Tools" refuses to appear on the Applications menu. An app that would normally appear in this category VMware Player, for example, is available only via the "All" option.

After using the distro for a day, some apps would no longer launch from Cairo-Dock. Possibly a dock or Jaunty problem but I had little trouble with the dock on Hardy. And lastly I experienced a system crash.

At this point I gave up and installed Super OS (a.k.a. Super Ubuntu). It's been running over a day with no problem other than having to again install my favorite apps.

I did not dislike Gloria, it's simply not ready for release.

Maybe more a case of Jaunty being buggy more than Gloria

The problem of apps no longer launching is not Gloria's alone. My install of Jaunty does the same with AWN running and apps not launching from it, or it will launch but close unexpectedly. At first I thought it was my system, but a quick install of 8.04.2 and 8.10 running AWN and apps launched and ran with no issues. To me Jaunty feels a lot more unstable than 8.10 (at least on my rig), so I decided to ditch it and go with Arch which runs fine on the same rig with no issues for weeks.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Thank You Akademy 2014 Sponsors

Akademy is a non-commercial event, free of charge for all who want to attend. Generous sponsor support helps make Akademy possible. Most of the Akademy budget goes towards travel support for KDE community members from all over the world, contributors who would not be able to attend the conference otherwise. The wide diversity of attendees is essential to the success of the annual in-person Akademy conference. Many thanks to Akademy 2014 sponsors. Read more

Linux @ About.com

During the past month I have been in discussions with a number of people at about.com. I have been provided with the opportunity of writing articles on the linux.about.com subsite and I am in full control of all the content that will appear on that site. It is early days and there is some old content on the site which is a bit out of date but I plan to make linux.about.com a great resource for everyone. Read more

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos