I have been a user of Ubuntu for years and when the later versions started having issues with my displays I moved over to Debian for stability. Getting a bit bored of that I decided to try Mint for the first time and still wanted the dependability of Debian's base.
Running the latest LMDE Cinnamon Edition from a Live USB instance proved that I did not have display issues, I was able to install my favorite work software, and enjoyed the new Cinnamon environment. So I moved on to handy Install Mint option.
Issue 1: The installer did not setup my partitions in an optimal way for me. Had to manually change everything. But was able to get the install completed and reboot into the new Local OS.
Issue 2: Housekeeping 101 - run through all updates before customizing my new desktop. I run Update Manager - click Install Updates and after about 35 minutes I get a message about failures and cannot complete. (sorry I don't have the exact error as I got frustrated and have to post this from another machine)
So I close update manager and open Synaptic to see Broken filter is needed. I look at the broken list and its extensive with critical packages. This post viewtopic.php?f=198&t=145926&p=767667&hilit=updates+broken#p767667
talks about it. Performing the suggested command (sudo apt-get -f install) does resolve those broken packages.
I probably should have not done this but I rebooted thinking that i will start fresh and check for updates again - cinnamon constantly crashed and i could not use the environment - so i have to flip to Gnome to do the rest.
Going back to Update Manger i still have 900+ updates. Run those and get this error at the end: "E:initramfs-tools: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1"
Going back to Update Manager i have 500+ updates. Run those and finally it completed without errors! Time to reboot to see if I can use Cinnamon.
Finally I can move on!! Everything is up to date and working - including Cinnamon.
All in all I am not impressed with the fluidity of the initial install. It seems really buggy and frustrating to have to spend 3+ hours to get a new install up and running clean.
If anyone has suggestions on a better way to go through the process let me know - maybe post a better install guide that addresses these possible issues. I am hesitant to go through this again with my laptop.
Either way maybe this will help set expectations for others going through an install.
HP Z400 Desktop
nvidia quadro nvs 290
Dual Samsung SyncMaster 953BW displays