Well, I could finally finish updating all ... and I'm not entirely happy with the upgrade.
I discuss the problems I saw so far:
- Due to the large number of connection cutsbecause server saturation (not Mint's fault), it took me 2 days, on which I does not shut off the computer because there was partial updates and several times I had to do apt-get update / apt -get upgrade and using the variant --fix-missing
- Once I downloaded all (more than 1800 packages in my case), the system asked several times if I wanted to replace the system configuration files or what to do (cups.ini, php.ini, etc.). It is not easy to answer this and if the comparison is not made with meld or the like is very difficult. Impossible for anyone just getting started in Linux and that will surely leave everything default (old configs)
- I tried both desktops (MATE / Gnome3 + Cinnamon) for a while, and this is what I saw:
- Although this is what GNome3 lacks (and I like it), in my case there was few hungs and restarted from time to time
- If I pass the mouse over the menu options of Cinnamon and then want to use the search box on top, I can't, it is blocked. I can search only if I open the menu and go directly to the search box. Navigating the options blocks the search, even if no click on choices are made.
- All GNome3 environment uses too many resources. I have an AMD 3Ghz A8 (4 cores) and 16 GB ram, and only the effects of GNOME 3 ate one of the cores to "paint and refresh" the screen. (Try to have a window maximized and HTOP above and move it from the title ...)
- GNome3 has a nice design, but I can't minimize windows with a minimize-button and having to go to the upper-left (I know, on the title can be used right-click and then "minimize", but the window disappears and is not displayed in the window list)
- Definitely do not like not being able to put my shortcuts on the status bar. It makes me more productive.
- Is Gnome2 (as expected), much more stable than 3 and consumes far fewer resources (do same test HTOP + move a window).
- You do not have *all* the stability of GNOME2, found some bugs that were not in Gnome2. For example, use the System Monitor applet embedded in the top status bar, and resize the window open, and a ghost image appears distorted leaving the status bar below! (I use 2 status bars) and goes under the window itself (I went with this program only for now)
- Yet I could not run Compiz effects, which is lighter than GNome3
- I see some "little problems" with sudo authentication when launching some programs setup, I'm not allowed to save the password for never asking again (only certain configs.)
- The sound setup no longer shows me the tabbed configuration screens that before (there where a "Hardware" tab where I could choose between Intel and HDMI outputs), and now I get a screen that look like 10 years ago with a single tab and a dropbox ... horrible. Something have misconfigured, although the sound works ok.
My daughter wants to switch from Ubuntu to Mint, but I said her she wait a few weeks until the CD with the pack 4 is out, so she do a full install.
My first experience with a rolling release is not like I expected, although at least the system works. I'm be looking for help in the forums to begin the repairs.
Still, I want to thank the great team effort with this release of Mint, and I hope my comments are useful.