ers1121 wrote:As a resonably new Linux user there is one thing I have not been able to figure out, maybe someone can explain it. I began using Mint 7 about a week after it's release, I was amazed that everything, and I do mean everything worked. It recognized my Windows network, printers, wireless connections, just everything! When I tried Ubuntu it was hit & miss, some stuff worked most not. Since my understanding is that Mint is built on the Ubuntu base how does Clem and his team get a system that is so-so and turn it into something that works as well as it does?
Last night I did the upgrade from Mint 7 to Mint 8 (I have been running Mint 8 in VMware since it's RC was out). I read all of the warnings about doing the upgrade rather then a clean install, but since Mint 8 does't come with Mint4Win this was the easier way to go. The install went good, although very time consuming. The average clean install including downloading &burning the .iso was about an hour. The inplace upgrade took almost 3 hours. This time, like the others, everything worked. The only thing that didn't were some of the Compiz Settings needed to be reset, other than that it was Mint working as usual.
thanks to Clem and all of the Mint team for an outstanding job.
Personally, I always do a download and burn to CD-R. I've never tried "upgrading" Mint through terminal commands (except when we went from Cassandra to Celena, IIRC). This is also helpful if it turns out that there are way too many bugs in Ubuntu upstream, for my machine, to be running the newest version. I just get out the old disc, re-install the previous version, and wait for all those bugs to get sorted. This may actually be the case for Helena with me - I get some weird Compiz behavior, sometimes themes misload, the latest Cairo Dock will not load at all, and the machine burns a lot of CPU during the first few minutes of start-up. This is a shame, because I absolutely love the changes the Mint team made to Mint apps, especially to mintUpdate. Gloria is still a masterpiece, though, and I'm running that now. Once things get ironed out upstream, I'm sure Helena will outshine.