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A brief review…
As a Linux user I’ve found that overall the Mate desktop seems to outperform the Cinnamon desktop on the machines I use. However in 17.1 apart from some performance gains my impression thus far is that not much has really changed from the user’s perspective regarding the typical 17 Mint environment.
That is actually a really good thing though, 17 as well as 17.1 are both fast, stable, and utterly reliable. My only gripe thus far is the inability to change mirrors before the first round of updates as this would both increase the speed of the updates and provide a much needed tweak to intitial impression.
My typical first round of updates in Linux Mint 17 after changing download mirrors was often as quick as 10 minutes versus the 42 minutes on 17.1.
(Not really an issue just irksome)
As for out of the box the hardware support “simply perfect,” I found all my systems were fully supported and even my Nvidia drivers were ready with no search time.
*A note about the break from Ubuntu source, I don’t claim to fully understand the reasons but as Ubuntu heads into less stable territory it seems like now was as good a time as any.
I’ll happily cover developments of this operating system as it remains my favorite of the Linux distributions, though I’ll add I still prefer the Mate desktop experience.
- Speed, 10, and I’ll add a nimble search system as well.
- Stability, 9, But Mate gets a 10 and feels more stable with fewer graphical hangs under high resource loads.
- Operability,10, You don’t need to understand much beyond the descriptions to fully utilize the environment.
- Flexibility,10, Whether using virtualization or emulation you won’t feel much difference from the native programs.
- Support,8, The cruel world of openGL support vs DirectX and related support is the real issue though as time passes this will improve.
47 out of 50 = #Epic
Additionally the famous compiz desktop effects manager is available through the desktop settings, allowing all of the effects ranging from desktop cubes to firepaints and expo views. This isn’t a mandatory option, but it is an entertaining one.
Ultimately there are advances to be made for gamers mostly, particularly as recent games still have graphics options that many Linux users haven’t found reliable workarounds for. But what kind of world would we live in if we judged a Linux system by how much non-Linux software it could run?
Kind of like asking a coffee maker to make toast when you think about it.
We remain thankful for the amazing progress of the Linux Mint Team. #CheersGuys