Recently I bought a new laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled.
I have to use Windows 7 at my workplace, and I satisfied with it, but after a few weeks of using Windows 8 I decided
to install something else, because Windows 8 was the worst OS I have ever used. I wanted to install Linux Mint
in a dual boot configuration. First I tried LMDE. I downloaded it and created an USB live install using LiLi, but
I couldn't boot from this USB pendrive (I have got an error message during the boot process, like "getpwuid_r failed").
After that I created a live install using UNetBootin, and I finally managed to start the installation process.
Unfortunately the installation stopped at about half way, the screen and the mouse freezed, and I couldn't finish
the installation (I tried it multiple times without success).
After that I tried to install the Linux Mint Cinnamon 15 using UNetBootin. First time I created the live install by let
UNetBootin to download the image. It was a waste of time because after booting the image, the installer was no
available at all (neither on the desktop, nor in the menu), so I downloaded the install image manually. This way
I was able to install Linux Mint 15. I created a second boot option using EasyBCD, but when I selected this
in the boot menu, I got a grub input prompt. OK, back to the pendrive, I activated the boot partition (the one
that I created and selected during the installation to install grub on), and after the reboot I got an error message, that I
have no operating system. Back to USB pendrive again, I mounted the boot partition, and it seemed OK, there was
a kernel image, grub directory and grub config file, and all seemed fine to me. I still didn't give up. I installed
grub using the grub-install command, and it worked! (Why the hell do I had to do this manually??? I think the installer
should have to do this.) Finally, I managed to boot Linux Mint. I was happy, but it was not last too long.
First, I updated the operating system, and after that I tried to install nvidia drivers using the Driver Manager.
But the driver manager was completely empty! Ok, I thought that may be I should reboot the system...
After reboot and login I got an error message, that said that cinnamon crashed. The desktop settings was gone,
and the Driver Manager is still empty.
At this point I gave up. I will not try Linux Mint for a few years, because it is not mature enough, it has major bugs
in the installer, in the driver manager and in cinnamon too.
I don't want to fix these problems, I just want to have a working OS be installed (other than win8).
Please suggest me what should I install? What kind of linux distribution is mature and stable enough?