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Linux Mint — A Mighty Distro

Linux Mint Logo (Photo credit: Linux Mint)

The first version of Linux Mint that I ever used was 17.1 (Code-named Rebecca); I experimented with it and made it mine.

Today, I am using Linux Mint 19.2 (Code-named Tina); I decided to go with the version with the MATE desktop environment due to the fact that it is my favourite desktop environment.

Did I get angry with Solus?

No, I did not!

Solus worked well on my computer’s hardware.

Did Namib get me all flustered?

No, it worked way better than I had expected.

So, why is it that I am back on Linux Mint?

I am back on Linux Mint because I missed it (Now, that is what happens when you have had lots of fond memories of using such an amazing operating system in the past).

Also, Linux Mint has a reputation for getting better with each new release.

And, Linux Mint is a distribution of Linux that I would gladly recommend to anyone.

Hey, you should give Linux Mint a try!

Linux Mint Has An Intuitive Layout

If you have ever used Windows 7 or Windows XP in the past, you will find Linux Mint easy to navigate.

One can easily find a list of the installed programs by simply pressing the super key.

Yes, my friend. It is that simple!

Even the elderly can find their way around Linux Mint (So, it should be child’s play for the younger folks).

The last thing that anyone wants is wondering where things are located on their computer.

Linux Mint Is A Rock-Solid Distro

One of the main reasons why Linux Mint is rock-solid is because it uses a long-term support kernel (They are well-known for being stable).

Also, Linux Mint only launches its long-term support releases when the developers have tested everything fully (Linux Mint does not have a specified release date like Ubuntu; despite the fact that it is based on it).

Linux Mint does not follow the rolling release model but an interim one; which is another reason why it is rock-solid.

Any Linux user who has ever used a Linux distribution that was based on a rolling release will admit to you that they break occasionally (That is the way things are with rolling releases).

So, Linux Mint will not let you down.

Linux Mint Has A Wide Range Of Software

The Linux Mint Team really went out of their way to provide their users with some of the finest software; here is a small sample:

The average user will be satisfied with the selection of software.

If your favourite software does not come pre-installed on Linux Mint, you can do a search for it via the Software Manager (And, if it is listed, you can download it from there).

By the way, if you happen to be one of those people who think that Linux Mint is too bloated, you are free to uninstall the software that you know you will never use.

The nice thing about Linux is that you are free to install the software that you want and uninstall the software that you do not want.

Anyone Is Free To Customize Linux Mint The Way That They Want

I happen to be one of those people who do not use Linux Mint the way that it comes out-of-the-box.

One of the things that I do after doing security updates is to change the kernel.

Earlier on in this blog post, I mentioned to you that Linux Mint comes with a long-term support kernel.

In my case, I enjoy the convenience of utilizing a mainline kernel.

So what did I do?

I replaced the 4.15 kernel with the 5.3.5 kernel (I prefer using newer kernels).

I also added new wallpapers (the ones that I have on my USB flash drive) to Linux Mint.

For the record, Linux Mint has a lovely selection of wallpapers but there is nothing quite as personal as using your own.

In spite of Linux Mint having an okay-looking icon set, I added additional ones (those that I prefer) to the list of icons.

Appearance-wise, my MATE desktop has that Cupertino layout (The one that looks like macOS).

As a matter of fact, the MATE desktop environment is customizable; you can make it look like anything that you want.

And, if you are not into heavy customization, you can leave it as it is.

Who Is Linux Mint Best Suited For?

Linux Mint is most suitable for:

  • The person who wants a stable and reliable operating system.
  • The person who wants an operating system that is easy to use.
  • The person who is into photo editing.
  • The person who is into video editing.
  • The person who is into digital art.
  • The person who is an engineer.
  • The person who is a blogger.
  • The person who is a disc jockey.
  • The person who is into creating eBooks.
  • The person who wants a highly secure operating system.
  • The person who is tired of using Microsoft Windows.
  • The person who is a strong supporter of free and open-source software.

From the looks of things, Linux Mint is suitable for almost anyone.

And, there is the probability, that Linux Mint can be suitable for you too.

Final Thoughts

Linux Mint is well-loved by a large portion of the Linux community (Apparently, those people know a good thing when they see it).

Also, one is not obligated to use the MATE desktop environment.

One has the option of using the Cinnamon desktop environment (Linux Mint’s flagship desktop) or the Xfce desktop environment.

And, if you want more than what Linux Mint officially provides, you can add these desktop environments via a terminal command:

When it comes to Linux, one has lots of options.

It is a pity that a lot of people are intimidated by Linux (They wrongfully think that it is something that only the hackers and the nerds can use).

From a realistic point of view, Linux is ideal for both the new and the advanced user.

So, please feel free to download your Linux Mint ISO image on their official website.

After you have downloaded your ISO image from Linux Mint’s official website, read Vamien McKalin’s article, Create Bootable software, Burn ISO images to SD Cards & USB with Etcher (It will teach you how to make a bootable ISO image of Linux Mint).

By the way, there is the option of trying out Linux Mint first on a USB flash drive without hindering your Microsoft Windows or macOS operating system.

And, if you loved the experience, you can go right ahead and install it on your computer.


23 thoughts on “Linux Mint — A Mighty Distro

  1. Well written post Renard. I use mint as it simply works and it’s very intuitive. The more people write about how good mint is the more popular it becomes.

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    1. 🙂 Indeed, Neil.

      Linux Mint is a powerful distribution of Linux that is fit for the masses.

      Also, everyone should know about Linux Mint.

      Microsoft would be ending its support for Windows 7 on the 14th of January, 2020.

      You are probably aware of the fact, that some people’s hardware is not powerful enough to run Windows 10 efficiently (And, not everyone will be able to buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it).

      So, those people with older hardware (the folks that are on Windows 7) could install Linux Mint (or any other Linux distro of their choice) on it.

      Older computers could be given a second chance at life with Linux.

      Besides, there are already too many old computers in landfills around the world.

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  2. Reblogged this on Thar She Blows! and commented:
    Very well written blog post by Renard. I thought I had to repost it so you guys don’t think I’m the only fan of the Minty Goodness.
    It’s not the most shiny, neither most modern and up to date. But it’s a truly made for human users, complete system. That’s why you’ll love it to :

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  3. Thx for this lovingly blogpost, Renard. With your friendly permission I’ve reblogged it. Please allow me some remarks if I may:

    Solus for me serves no purpose. It’s close to Arch, without being Arch, and completely homegrown. Too compromised for my taste. Particularly after Ikey’s left the dev team the vision seems gone. Solus was Ikey’s child, and the guys who are in charge now are just maintaining it.

    I’m glad you liked Namib. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I found it on my hardware to be better faster and more reliable the the industry great Manjaro. Also it’s much closer to Arch upstream. I’m even thinking about switching to Archman soon. They claim it’s pure Arch after installation.

    You know that the easy operation of Mint is 99% due to its userfriendly DEs Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce. Like you I prefer the humble fugly duckling Mate over its siblings. I’m running it on Namib as well and can’t see any differences but optical ones, in between Mint and Namib. Only Namib is true to the Arch motto ‘simple as a stick’ and an even straighter shooter than Mint. I get the latest Kernels automagically delivered to my doorstep and don’t have to do anything to download/install it on my hardware.

    Out of curiousity I clicked on your Namib link and am glad to see it on #179 in DW chart now. It’s still far too far down the list but last time I checked it was on #184. So, yippie, Namib’s slowly becoming an international top hit. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 I am okay with you reblogging my posts, Orca.

      In regards to Solus, Joshua Strobl and the rest of Solus’s team are doing their best to keep Solus alive. It is still a young distribution of Linux and I will be paying close attention to their development.

      Namib is impressive! Frederic did a fine job of putting the MATE desktop together.

      It is a pity that a lot of people do not know about Namib (It is one of those distros of Linux that people should utilize on their computers).

      In a past conversation, I mentioned to you, that my only concern about Namib is that it is run by one man and that I feel more comfortable using a distro that has a team of developers.

      Manjaro Linux is okay, but it experiences technical difficulties from time to time. Anyone choosing Manjaro Linux should make up their minds to fix it when it breaks.

      Linux Mint is user-friendly and highly popular; it is great for the newcomer to Linux.

      So far, Namib has not failed on me yet.

      And, you are right about getting the latest kernels with an Arch-based distribution.

      One needs to be tech-savvy in order to install the latest kernels on Linux Mint or any other Ubuntu-based distribution of Linux.

      Ironically, I did visit the Archman website today. I did not see a downloadable ISO image for the MATE desktop, but I did see downloadable ISO images for KDE-Plasma and Xfce.

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  4. This is way over my head. I have not as yet installed the basic version of linux. And as of a few months ago, the only laptop I have is the MS surface pro 6. So no hope of installing linux on it. Yet I must adire your dedication to linux. Always helping other bloggers find the best format fro blogging. 👍😊

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  5. Thank you for this illustrative post about one of the nicest distro for beginners out there: indeed the simplicity of use of Linux Mint coupled with the range of software it provided makes it a very recommendable choice for new Linux users.
    As a plus they also offer a Mint Edition based on Debian!

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