A netbook users review of Linux Mint 8

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Thursday evening I broke my install on my Eee PC 1000HE in such a way that I needed to recover the data from my /home partition and reinstall the OS. I thought that since I'm waiting for EB4 I may as well just install another distribution and play.

I grabbed a copy of Mint 8, and installed. The installer comes from Ubuntu so there really is no need to rehash it, it works and is relatively bug free.

Once the installation completed I rebooted and logged into my new system. Upon logging in I was informed that there were dozens of updates which I installed and then I rebooted again (a kernel update was among them). When I landed back at the desktop I found that the Mint team had replaced the traditional gnome menu bar with "Mint Menu" which I promptly replaced.

I'm really not a fan of their menu interface. It seemed functional but in my opinion it's more difficult to use than the traditional gnome menu. Users shouldn't have to click Mint -> All Applications and then use a scroll bar to get to the application they need. Seems counter intuitive.

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