Rolling release Linux Mint (LMDE)
This is my story of Linux Mint rolling release on an Intel DG965RY board. For 3 years Ubuntu worked flawlessly on the first install on this board.
In Dec 2010 I decided to give a rolling release as we run into some mayor issue using Ubuntu LTS . http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1620303
The upgrades on Ubuntu (6 months) however went smooth for the most part. Only the introduction of the ext4 file system made a reinstall necessary.
After shifting from Maverik 32 bit to Linux Mint 32 bit rolling release I encountered a number of issues:
Graphic chip (Intel DG965)
After installing Google Earth I got this error
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Then I noticed that the Compiz didn't work either and that the 3D acceleration had become dysfunctional.
The reason for this was missing 2 packages; libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx were missing. It was quite difficult to find this out.
Thanks to Gust (viewtopic.php?f=141&p=319935
this could finally be solved:
sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
The Logitech webcam didn't work. That was easy to fix as this is a known bug which Skype is aware of but did not fix yet.http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/219
Firstly open Terminal and copy and paste the line below.
sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/skype
This will open your editor with a blank text file, copy and paste the following lines into your blank text file.
Use lines below for x86(32bit)
Use lines below for x64(64bit)
Save the file and close it.
Now to make the file executable, copy and paste the following line into terminal.
sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/skype
Close the Terminal, start Skype and webcam works.
Now your webcam is working you can optionally (to improve the quality of your webcam picture), install v4l2ucp(video for linux 2 universal control panel) from the Software or Package Manager(after installation this can be found under Preferences "Video4Linux Control Panel" from the main menu .This will allow you to adjust the Contrast, Gamma, Auto Gain and Sharpness of your video.
Listen music player doesn't start viewtopic.php?f=141&t=57716&hilit=+exaile
Fix for exaile, pitivi and listen
Remove the package "python-gi" it fixes them all, I did it and got exaile 3.2 working. This fixes the problem with it crashing when you try to play a song. The problem with the exaile 2.14 in the default repo not starting is another problem, I think with a package it needs not being automatically installed or something.
Sbackup not available from repositories
That is a real pity because the mintbackup package is too simple for me. Sbackup (and nssbackup) has become a solid, easy to configure and very reliable backup tool for home use. A Debian package for Sid is available but outdated (version 0.10.3).
Since Linux Mint doesn't offer any alternative I installed Version 0.11.3 from sourcehttp://sourceforge.net/projects/sbackup/
Following dependencies needed to be installed:
sudo apt-get install gvfs-fuse curlftpfs liberror-perl autopoint gettext git libbluetooth3 sshfs python-setuptools libunistring0 gvfs-backends
Then I followed the instructions in the INSTALL file.
Sometimes the sound doesn't work or works on some applications but not others. Nothing to do here than simple to reboot but this is definitely a serious bug.
As of Dec 10th this didn't happen any more.
My first impression:
The Mint team did a great job. Thanks all involved for this effort - congratulations! The most interesting aspect of it for me is the rolling aspect. I am looking for a solution to this one http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1620303
I was positive surprised about the fact that most “extra” software was already in the mint repositories which is great in particular for beginners with the only exception of sbackup. On the other hand the ppa model from launchpad which makes Ubuntu so flexible and up to date is not implemented. Once a software is not in the repositories or outdated there is little alternative.
I observe that the systray is a bit shaky and sbackup or listen for example can't display notifications or are not operable.
Whether one likes the mint menu or not is a personal question. I like both - the Mint and the Ubuntu model.
Also these 2 post are interesting when choosing LMDE. viewtopic.php?f=61&t=51844&start=0viewtopic.php?f=141&t=55493