If anyone has tips, disagrees, whatever - then at least do me the favor of reading first.
First and foremost, Linux Mint is once more, one of the easiest distros in the world to install. I was done in less than 15 minutes. As always Linux Mint absolutely destroys Windows install times. For once, Linux Mint even detected the RAID controller, and even the RAID array. This is a very welcome change.
That is all the good I have to say. And I am sorry in advance to everyone.
This OS is a MESS. There is a very serious identity crisis going on, and unfortunately no resemblance to stability. I have used my reset switch more in the last 20 minutes that I have in the last year.
List of complaints:
- Graphical corruption: This machine has yet to make 5 minutes without some form of graphical corruption, be it lose the entire display, or have menus that cannot be read. This is not only distracting, but makes using the system impossible in some cases.
- Proprietary drivers installation broken. After updating the system, I went to the usual hardware drivers page in an attempt to activate the ATI/AMD drivers. I had two options Post-Release Update and normal. The first ended up with nothing more than a failed message, the latter just didn't work. BOTH though ended up in a hard reset with the desktop became totally unresponsive.
- Mix of Gnome shell and Gnome 2. Normally I don't mind a new interface, but the desktop is making my life harder, and consuming more space than needed. Task bars at the top and bottom with part of my programs duplicated seems like a waste to me. Not only that, but I don't want the stupid half arsed list of programs when I stick my mouse in the corner of the screen.
- Cannot use a stretched display, or a separate desktop on each display. The attempts force me into a hard reset.
- Network printer detection is broken. The software said firewalld isn't running (the firewall is btw) and that there are several other programs needed. Did it include a way to fix it? No. How about a way to open up multiple "settings" sessions so I can leave that up while I try to understand the cryptic message? No. Just a great big denied, and go to away message. Guess I won't be printing here either.
- Default resolution is 1024x768 on both of my displays. This is a minor annoyance normally, but considering how unstable the "settings" page is...
- They make you "unlock" settings pages individually, instead of when you get into the main settings location. Normally this isn't an issue, but this is where you can see how quickly this was thrown together. There is no consistency from one setting to the next. Some have a little golden lock in the bottom corner, some have a nice big "Unlock" button, and others still don't even have one, simply prompting you when you make the change.
Now then, a couple quick points worth mentioning, and to end up beat:
Updating the system was FAST. 5MB/sec download consistent, and all 250 updates were installed in about 5 minutes. Pretty darned quick if you ask me.
The included wallpapers have been updated. They even include some VERY high resolution landscapes.
To the Mint team:
Take your time next time. There really isn't any rush. Get the OS done right, and release to us a product that can at least FEEL complete. I won't bother logging back into this version of Mint, and will probably find something else for this partition tomorrow.
This test was conducted on my "Main" rig seen in my signature. The raid setup mentioned before is a 2x320GB raid that houses WINDOWS and Windows alone. Linux is sitting on a dedicated 500GB Hitachi drive. There are 8GB of ram, and I set up an 8GB swap partition. This was tested with a Samsung 23" and Acer 23" monitor. The filesystem was set up as EXT4, and none of the Windows NTFS partitions mounted. The Over clock is in place, and has been thoroughly tested. The exception being the video card, as that is a soft OC.