Linux Mint 8 Helena - Superb execution

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hi all,

    Distro review time again! I've written a long, extensive article about Linux Mint 8 Helena, a Ubuntu-based distribution running Gnome desktop, covering live session, installation and post-install use, including topics like Wireless, Bluetooth, Samba sharing, Compiz, multimedia support (MP3, Flash, Java, Video, DVD) out of the box, usability, look & feel, stability, performance, laptops modes (suspend & hibernate), applications, package management, and more.

    Do take a look.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-mint-helena.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. Ocky

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    Hmm... Nice very nice.
    One question - can you scan with XSane ?
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I don't have a scanner at home :(
    Mrk
     
  4. phaedrus

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    Another excellent review and pretty much sums up my experience with Mint 8. :thumb:
     
  5. wat0114

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    Ahhh, ha-ha-haaaa! I knew you'd have no choice but to heap it with the praise it so richly deserves :D Once again, great, detailed review Mrk :thumb: Thanks!
     
  6. Ocky

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    Also good to see that Grub2 smartly found and added Ubuntu 9.10 which if I remember was installed to sda6 root partition (edit: I mean the grub2 of Ubuntu was installed there)
    Now I am in a quandry SUSE or Mint o_O :)
     
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  7. Beavenburt

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    I might give this a try on the missus' laptop. Neither kubuntu or mandriva quite cut the mustard for her and i'd forgotten about mint. I'm intrigued.
     
  8. korben

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    how to check the temperature of my laptop on MINT?
     
  9. mack_guy911

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    Mrk what an excellent review :)



    but one problem i find in mint even that bug is in ubuntu as well did you tried proxy few time on off mode

    it will give lot of trouble behind proxy if you disable proxy trouble start :(
    i see that a lot of users complains same in ubuntu forums as well please it will be very kind if you put some light on that as well :)
     
  10. Ocky

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    sudo apt-get install lm-sensors
    Then:-

    sudo sensors-detect (Answer YES to ALL the questions)

    restart

    run 'sensors' in terminal (without the ' marks)

    If you want an applet in panel:-

    sudo apt-get install sensors-applet
    Right-click on the top panel and choose "Add to Panel." Select "Hardware Sensors Monitor" and click the "Add" button, then "Close." Right-click on all the sensors that appear and choose "Preferences." Click the "Sensors" tab. There you can select/de-select all the relevant sensors and adjust their low and high values as well as set alarms if desired.

    You may also want to install hddtemp (temp. of hdd's) .. Then
    sudo hddtemp SATA:/dev/sda (If you have one SATA drive)

    Check out gkrellm as well.
    Or Conky (not so easy to set-up)

    PS. You can find all this in Synaptic and install from there.
     
  11. korben

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    Ocky, a bow for you....

    next question: on some vids I'd seen the login menu looks real nice whereas on my VM it's..umm plain ugly for lack of a better word. Am I missing something here?
     
  12. wilbertnl

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    This is really scary!

    Somebody named Mrk publishes something and suddenly my laptop boots Linux Mint Helena?
     
  13. chinook9

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    I installed as indicated and Synaptic says everything is installed, however, I can't figure out where to "run" it from.

    I did not find any panel where I could "Right-click on the top panel and choose "Add to Panel." Select "Hardware Sensors Monitor" and click the "Add" button, then "Close." Right-click on all the sensors that appear and choose "Preferences." Click the "Sensors" tab." What does this refer to?

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  14. Mrkvonic

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks you all for the feedback. Keep it coming!

    mack, didn't see any proxy issues.

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  15. Eice

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    I think I've mentioned this before, but Mint was the first (and so far, only) distro that tempted me to uninstall Windows and switch to Linux entirely. The one-month delay behind new Ubuntu releases discouraged me from using it at first, but that actually turns out to be an advantage since that one month allows for updates to fix the fresh instabilities and regressions that Ubuntu invariably introduces.
     
  16. korben

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    so...can anyone post a screen of their login menu?
     
  17. Ocky

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    In Mint panel is at the bottom. :)

    Sensors.png Add to Panel.png
     
  18. s23

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    Great review (as always) Mrkvonic. THX very much.
     
  19. korben

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    ok, installed on my VM but 'no sensors found'
    oh well good to see how to install it at least
     
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  21. mack_guy911

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    thanks again mrk may be it troubling on my system i check it on sunday thanks very much for confirming :)
     
  22. Beavenburt

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    Has anyone tried the kde version of this? I want to try mint but i'm not really a gnome / gtk fan.
     
  23. korben

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    how can we add Firewall to the panel?
     
  24. L815

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    Great job on the review :thumb:

    By chance, does anyone know here I could get the OpenSuse wallpaper that was in the SS towards the end of the review?
     
  25. Mrkvonic

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    I googled something like green wallpaper or nature wallpaper ...
    Mrk
     
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