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Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon review

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Firefox is the only Web browser installed out of the box, and the search engines installed are those that share their revenue with the Linux Mint project. This is the project’s search engine policy. This screen shot was taken from a window of Firefox, were Yahoo! is the default search engine.
Mint Search

If you install another browser, like Opera, for example, you’ll find that the developers have not bothered to extend that policy beyond Firefox. This screen shot was taken from Opera Web browser. All the popular search engines are installed, with Google as the default. And if you install the Chromium Web browser, only Google, Yahoo and Bing are installed, with Google as the default. Unless Clem and crew do not care about revenue from Web browsers other than Firefox, they might want to make their search engine policy uniform.
Opera Search Engines Cinnamon

Out of the box, the system default application setting are correctly configured, except for calendaring activities where Gedit is the default handler. Gedit is a simple text editor, so this is one setting you’ll be changing on a new installation of Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon.
Mint Cinnamon Default Apps

The removable media settings works as configured, ask you what to do when a new media is inserted.
Removable Media Manager

If the removable media is a digital camera, gThumb is the installed application available for use. It works just like Shotwell or any other image viewer/importer tool for digital cameras.
gThumb Photo Manager

For audio CDs Banshee is the default application. You can play your local music or browse (and buy, for paid media) online media sources, like Amazon’s MP3 Store and Internet Archive’s extensive library of books, e-books and movies.
Banshee

In Ubuntu Desktop, The backup utility gives you the option of backing up your data locally or to an online storage service, like Ubuntu One (the default online storage service). You could also configure alternate online storage service, if you do not like Canonical’s offering. With Linux Mint, the backup application has no facility for remote backups in the same way that it is set up in Ubuntu, but you could set up an online storage service like Wuala, and use the local WualaDrive as the destination folder when setting up backup for the system.
Backup

Longtime users of Linux Mint are already familiar wit its graphical package manager, but if you have never used any edition of the distribution, installing applications on the system can be accomplished from the command-line and from a graphical interface. Linux Mint’s graphical package manager is called the Software Manager. The main interface is shown in this screen shot. Do not be fooled by “63159 packages are currently available,” because a significant number of those packages are libraries used by command-line and graphical applications you use.
Mint Software Manager

Some of those real applications are games, and there are all types of games that you can install and play, all for free.
Games Linux Mint 14

For checking an applying updates to the system, there is a graphical package updater that does that job for you.
Mint Updater

By default, it is configured to check for updates every 15 minutes, but as I wrote in the beginning of this article, the system updater does not appear to be working as expected.
Mint Updater Settings

A note about the installer before I wrap this review up: Linux Mint 14’s installer is not based on the latest edition of Ubiquity, the Ubuntu installation program, so it does not have support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and full disk encryption (FDE). Keep in mind that even in Ubuntu, there is only partial support for LVM and FDE, as they are not manually configurable.

Despite the issues highlighted in this review, I still consider Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon a very good distribution, though I have very serious concerns about its security posture. When a distribution’s core packages are not authenticated, that’s a serious problem. If you are running any edition of Linux Mint 14, be sure that packages are being authenticated before they are installed. If you get the warning message shown in the third screen shot in this review, bring it to the attention of the developers – file a bug report.

Resources: You may download installation images of Linux Mint 14 for your platform from here. “Release Notes” is also available from that link. If your choice of desktop environment is Cinnamon, but you want to try MATE without downloading an installation image of Linux Mint 14 MATE, install the MATE desktop by typing sudo apt-get install mint-meta-mate from a shell terminal. And if you are running Linux Mint MATE, but want to try the Cinnamon desktop from the same installation, typing sudo apt-get install mint-meta-cinnamon will pull in all the packages you need to run it. Keep in mind that both commands will use up an extra 380 MB of disk space.

Screen Shots: View more screen shots from test installations of Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon.

The Cinnamon desktop showing another wallpaper.
Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop

With the Coverflow extension (not installed by default) you can have browse open windows via the Coverflow look.
Mint Cinnamon Coverflow

The desktop showing open windows in the active workspaces.
Mint Cinnamon Open Windows

Nemo file manager
Nemo File Manager

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7 Comments

  1. deepak bawa says:

    thanks to developers from the boottom of my heart, i just wanna some more improovements i.e it should have preinstalled

    1.gparted

    2.qbittorrent or ktorrent instead of bittorrent

    3.wine with all packages

    4.a dap like downloader

    5.skype

    6.dll file fixer

    7.any video converter like software or pitivi video editor full version will all packages

    8. virtual box with mounting usb & all other hard drives

    9.kamoso or like this web cam

    10.winUSB which support creation of win-7 as bootable usb as well as win-xp

    11.oracle 10g
    12.atleast one mario like game

  2. Bob says:

    I disagree with the comment about changing the default wallpaper. The current default is sooooo much better than it’s sickly green predecessor that I’m delighted to see it, even if only for a few minutes before I get around to changing it to a picture I like.

    I consider the default wallpaper to be totally unimportant except to those that find it really discomforting. I found the earlier green a little discomforting, the old Ubuntu rusty brown horrid, but the colours on this one don’t bother me.

    Of course, that’s written as someone who changes the wallpaper shortly after installation.

  3. open source says:

    I love Cinnamon I tried it for first time Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon 64 bit is pretty bit stable and using 350 MB RAM when idle which is somewhat good on modern hardware .

  4. I’m currently operating A linux systemunix Great 13 Xfce on two notebooks, and I have no objective of improving to 14 because 13 is a long lasting assistance edition. Anyway, I lately observed that Great Upgrade was not operating properly on my notebooks, so I suppose that the issue you encounted with Great Upgrade in edition 14 was also presented into an update of edition 13. It was set a few days ago.

  5. mandog says:

    I don’t think you are supposed to sudo apt-get update and apt-get upgrade linux mint thats why they use safe updates using mint update. you turned it back to ubuntu.very clever of you.

  6. Excellent review, I´m going to try it

  7. whs001 says:

    Thank you for an unusually critical review of Linux Mint.

    I’m currently running Linux Mint 13 Xfce on two laptops, and I have no intention of upgrading to 14 because 13 is a long term support version. Anyway, I recently noticed that Mint Update was not working correctly on my laptops, so I suspect that the problem you encounted with Mint Update in version 14 was also introduced into an update of version 13. It was fixed a few days ago.

    I’d also like to mention that I am also very tired of the default desktop. However, I have a much bigger gripe with the default color scheme as a whole, silver with a sickly lime green. Apparently someone at Linux Mint thinks that Mint should be associated with lime green, but any actual mint (plant) I have seen has deep green leaves, which would look a lot better with silver than lime green does. In my experience, mint is lime green only in cheap, artificially colored, ice cream and candy. It’s very rare for a reviewer to criticize the artwork in Linux Mint and I guess I’m venting on the subject because one of the things I have always done after installing Linux Mint has been to replace as much of the silver and lime green as I can.

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