Tag Archive | Linux Mint

Mint 17 KDE – a review

As anticipated Mint 17 “Qiana” was released not too  long after the Ubuntu 14.04 on which it is based.  I waited a little longer, because I wanted to try the KDE version.  When I last tried Mint, it was the Mate version.  But that was a while ago.  I primarily use KDE, so that seemed to be the appropriate version for me to test.

The download was of a live DVD image, which contained the installer.  Downloading was simple enough.  I then checked with the MD5 and SHA256 hashes.  I could not find a gpg signature to check.


As preparation for booting, I copied the image to a USB.  In my case, I used the command

dd_rescue linuxmint-17-kde-dvd-64bit.iso /dev/sdd

from my opensuse system.

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An update on linux mint

I reviewed mint Maya almost two months ago.  It is still installed on an alternate partition on one of my computers.  So it is time for a brief update.

The root password

First, I’ll comment on the password.  When examining blog statistics, I see a list of recent search terms that took people to this site.  In this case, the search term (if I remember it correctly) was “mint live root password”. Read More…

Trying Mint Maya (MATE edition)

I deleted WinXP from my test computer, and that freed up enough space that I could install a second system, in addition to opensuse 12.2 (I’m testing Beta2 at present).  I have heard many people say good things about Linux Mint, so I decided to take it for a test run.  I went with the MATE edition, rather than the Cinnamon edition, because the test machine I am using has limited graphics capability.

Mint is a distro that is based on Ubuntu, and uses the Ubuntu packages and repos.  One might call it a repackaging of Ubuntu.  Version 13 (Maya) is a long term support release, meaning that I could keep in installed and expect security updates to continue until April 2017. Read More…