Dear Linux Mint

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Eice, May 22, 2010.

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  1. Eice

    Eice Registered Member

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    Dear Linux Mint,

    I'm sorry to have to say this, but I think our relationship has hit a rocky patch lately. Don't get me wrong, you're a great distro. Please let me explain.

    I downloaded your latest version and installed it, and found myself at a complete loss what to do next after I booted you up and logged in. Try as I might, I hadn't the foggiest clue how to proceed.

    I tried to get on the Internet. You detected my wireless card perfectly, and I was online in seconds.

    I then tried to watch a video. The file launched and began playing smoothly as soon as I clicked the file, even though it used the rather unorthodox mp4 format.

    In fact, even your default desktop and theme looked great. All that was left for me to do was change the wallpaper.

    Can you imagine how unbelievably disappointing it was when all that stands between a fresh install and productivity is a change of wallpapers? Where were the problems to make me google for hours? Where were the incompatibilities, the glitches, the non-functional hardware that would send me wading through half a dozen text config files? Where were all the missing packages I had to install? Heck, where were the poorly-thought default settings to at least make me click through stuff?

    I demand my sense of gratification and self-satisfaction when I wrestle a stubborn operating system that refuses to work to the ground and beat it into submission, terminal command by terminal command. If I wanted to be a sissy, I would've booted into Windows.

    Things are getting dull. I'm beginning to feel that you don't put enough effort into our relationship anymore.


    Sincerely,
    me
     
  2. CogitoTesting

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    Did you play the file with VLC player? Did you install Ubuntu restricted formats? Let me know.

    Thanks.
     
  3. Ocky

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    Hah.. at the expense of 'configuring' a few things in Ubuntu, we Ubuntu users have been elevated to semi geekdom compared to you Mints where everything is offered on a platter.
    Makes us feel important in the Linux world - no longer the bottom feeders :D
     
  4. linuxforall

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    Devastated!
     

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    Just appalled at your desparate situation Eice, what a deeply distressing episode.
    Shocking disappointment.
    My sympathies.
     
  6. mack_guy911

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    specialy mint dvd i guss there nothing to do than just install chromium and opera ahhh too much for my soft fingers :D
     
  7. Eice

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    On an unrelated sidenote, Mint is now #2 on Distrowatch. :D
     
  8. Kerodo

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    Fired up the live dvd on my Asus laptop with Intel graphics. Looks nice, but.... the display is dimmed, and I can't change or fix it. Even the little taskbar brightness control applet doesn't work, it's broken. I like Mint, but this one is no good for me so far.....
     
  9. linuxforall

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    Strange, its Ubuntu based so all the controls should work as it does in Ubuntu unless they have done some major tweaking. Mint doesnt include the usb startup creator by default, they shouldn't have taken it as its included in Ubuntu.
     
  10. Kerodo

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    Yeah, it is weird, no idea what the deal is, except maybe some issue with the Intel graphics. I did run into something like this with Gnome SUSE also, however, I could tweak the display dimming, but the setting wouldn't stick or hold. Had to give that one up also. Maybe I'll mess with it more and see if I can get it working somehow. No such problems in Ubuntu, which, as you say, is odd....

    Edit: I stand corrected. Just checked Ubuntu on the laptop and the brightness applet is broken there too, also the display does seem to be dimmed somewhat in Ubuntu. So I'm really not sure what the problem is. It says it's at 100%, but doesn't look anywhere near as bright as usual with Win and others.

    Maybe I'm just hallucinating today?? :D
     
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  11. linuxforall

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    For Intel graphics, its better to add the XSwat PPA for latest Intel driver, then you control the brightness with xgamma in terminal, works out fine here with Intel graphic desktop I installed few days back.
     
  12. Kerodo

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    Thanks for that. I will remember and try it if I do actually install either one on the laptop.
     
  13. ace55

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    Nice sig, Eice. I might have to try Mint. Running Lucid Lynx right now, and loving it. I only wish it could switch between integrated and discrete graphics like OS X.
     
  14. IBadget

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    Linux Mint 9 locked up my Sony PCG-GRT240G Notebook. Even the power button was unresponsive, so I had to unplug the laptop and remove the battery to get the machine turned off. I ended up reinstalling Linux Mint 8. My laptop has an Nvidia graphics card. The same lock-up also happened with Ubuntu 10.04. I use the noapic boot parameter to get Linux Mint to work.
     
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