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
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 full LibreOffice suite.
- VLC Media Player.
- GNU Image Manipulation Program.
- Simple Scan.
- Thunderbird Mail.
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.
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.
And, if you want more than what Linux Mint officially provides, you can add these desktop environments via a terminal command:
- The Plasma desktop environment.
- The GNOME desktop environment.
- The Budgie desktop environment.
- The LXQt desktop environment.
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.