Using Linux Mint as my main operating system

Man, a functional, reliable, day-to-day use Linux desktop distro, I’ve been chasing that unicorn for a while. I think I might have caught one yesterday. Time will tell, but so far it looks promising.

Here is a list of distros I’ve tried:
Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit and 32-bit. I am sure I’ve tried versions prior to 9.04;
Fedora 11 64-bit. I might have tried 32-bit and versions prior to 11;
Suse Linux 11.1 64-bit. I might have tried 32-bit and versions prior to 11.1;
Sabayon 4.2 64-bit. I am sure I’ve tried the 32-bit and versions prior to 4.2;
Kubuntu 9.04 64-bit and 32-bit;
Centos 5.3 and 5.5 64-bit and 32-bit.
Mint 7 and 8, a distro based on Ubuntu, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

During my last gig, I used Centos 5.3 as my main workhorse computer with identical dual monitors for close to a year, and I really liked it. I used MacBook Pro during that time as well. MacBook is a decent machine, but I couldn’t stand the cult surrounding Apple and Apple’s arrogance.

So I want to continue the practice of using Linux as my default day to day operating system, and running a Windows virtual machine on top of it for Outlook email and calendar, and some other necessary Windows functions. I was really impressed with Mint last time I tried it. My machine is this several years old HP dv6253cl laptop. Here is the gist of things:

1. Mint 9 64-bit didn’t work. I installed Mint 9 32-bit;
2. Administration -> Hardware Drivers. I installed Broadcom STA wireless driver. To do that, you need a wired connection first so it could download necessary files;
3. Administration -> Hardware Drivers. I installed NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Version 173). I then went to Administration -> NVIDIA X Server Settings and setup dual monitors. Experiment and find the setup you like;
4. Skype works. Use Software Manager, search for Skype, and install;
5. GMail “call phone” works once you install the 32-bit deb package;
6. I installed VirtualBox and built a Windows 7 VM. I used VMWare Player first but I had trouble setting up the VM’s network connection.
7. Flash works. No need to compile and install it yourself.


One response to “Using Linux Mint as my main operating system”

  1. Linux Mint provides an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. It is recognized for being user-friendly, and reliable operation.

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