I'd like to see some more assistance when setting up Mint. There are several stepps which have to be made to make Linux usable and which are quite annoying because it's more then just searching for the nicest gui skin.
1. Setting up the screen resolution. I have a 20" tft and want to use 1600*1200. Until now I have to edit xorg.conf to get the full resolution. There should be an easy to use tool for it.
2. Setting up additional mouse buttons. Again, something which causes editing the xorg.conf. Not user-friendly and an error source for people who use Linux for the first time. Again: In my opinion nobody should be forced to get in contact with xorg.conf at such an early stage.
2b. I'd like to add the wish for the possibility of using additional mouse buttons for nautilus, like it is already working for firefox and opera and like it works for the Windows explorer.
3. A backup solution which is able to recover all settings and installed programms when making a new install. The old programms do not have to be saved completly for me (although it would make sense for offline-users), but it would be nice to have an automatically generated list of all installed programms which can be used by synaptic/apt/mintinstall to reinstall all previously used software.
4. A easy to use audio management. It took me several months using Linux to figure out, why my internal audiochip didn't produce sound - it was a simpel solution, I just had to change inline to outline and vice versa... but it was difficult to detect. Using jack is not really difficult but it's to overloaded and for a noob it looks like a bug not to have sound. One should be asked by an assistant at the beginning, whether there is something to hear, and then be routed through possible error solutions.
5. This is a quite personal wish, which might be difficult to solve: I'm chatting with Miranda using WINE. Since I want to use it all the time I'd like to start Miranda at startup - but if I do so, Miranda doesn't open a window in the try but instead a little Wine window with the tray icon inside. No problems when starting after booting. Maybe something can be done from the mint team...
6. Additional repisotories with newer software - Maybe disabled by default but easy to activate. I'd like to use the newest versions of Firefox, Open Office and Thunderbird... And more software would be nice, too.
7. When migration from Windows to Linux a nice helping step is using Firefox and Thunderbird profiles from both OS together. Right now this needs a bit of "hand work", by editing some configuration files. This could also be done by a tool.
8. I'd like to have easy to use, desktop integrated knowledge base (like I proposed already in another thread). It should offer answers to simple questions, like: "how can I rip, shrink and burn a dvd" or "how can I extract a picture from a pdf file". These are mostly questions concerning the usage of software and sometimes these questions are about finding the right software. This knowledge base could offer answers to that questions, descriptions of available software and links for mintinstall or sources for synaptic.
9. An editor with gui for GRUB
Ok, that's all - for now