I don't like Mint versions based on KDE or GNOME with Ubuntu underneath. Basically because Mint menu is not good for me. And Mint KDE is just spoiled version of Kubuntu. That's my personal opinion.
But at the same time I like Mint XFCE based on Debian.
It's not the love which lasts. It is love which comes and leaves from time to time. My first acquittance with Linux Mint XFCE made me to adore it. Then I had some rollercoaster with it. But feelings were still strong, and I decided to let Linux Mint XFCE to live on my hard drive. It is now installed as part of my 4-system lanscape.
To be honest, I have not booted Linux Mint for couple of weeks, maybe more. Different reasons, but mostly because I was not around my laptop for some time. Today I decided to give Mint a chance to update itself. It's based on Debian Testing which makes it constantly rolling.
Yes, there were quite a few updates since my last boot. To be precise, more than 350 Mb. Of course, about 15% of that was update of Chrome from v.12 to v.13. But other than that, there was...
Please meet! Linux kernel 3.0! Applause...
That was first time I have ever seen system with Linux 3.0. And I waited for system reboot with pretty much trembling limbs. Expectations, expectations...
So, what did happen after reboot into Linux Mint XFCE with kernel 3.0? Did anything change at all? I should say, yes.
Let's start from positive.
- Chrome became stable. I am not sure if this is kernel 3.0, or Chrome 13, but... Chrome 12 was very much unstable before update. Lots of "ooops" pages when opening one site or another. Since update - no "kill page" windows any more! That's nice!
- Menu became organised again. If you look at my post about Mint installation, you should notice that first update which I got straight after installation made main menu look like a complete mess. Update brought everything back to order. Now I have good looking and clearly understandable main menu again. That's nice.
- New set of desktop wallpapers. Old ones got disappeared for whatever reason, but new ones are even better.
And it would be the case, if not one "but" which happened to my system.
- Do you remember the reason why I left Ubuntu and Kubuntu? One of the reasons was a bug with shutdown process. System killes wireless connection before samba shares (cifs) are unmounted. That made system to hang for 5 minutes until timeout happened for unmounting process. And now...I have exactly the same issue in Linux Mint XFCE. That was absolute surprise for me. Unpleasant surprise...
Here I need to open a little secret. My testing hardware is going to change soon. I will use different laptop for my experiments. In particular, this means that I will reinstall my systems. Inevitably this will be WinXP, Debian and Mageia. But will it be Mint XFCE? Unlikely. What will you suggest here?
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