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The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 7 (Gloria)

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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.

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