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.
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…
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…