I tried installing Linux Mint 16 on my computer and that was a total failure. In barely one hour, I got twice as many difficulties than when I installed Ubuntu or even Fedora Core on the same machine.
- Mouse pointer is REALLY too small and impossible to enlarge
- Fonts are too small and the "Larger font" option in Universal Access barely enlarges them
- Many menus are not reachable with the keyboard, namely System settings
- System hung while I was checking for accessibility options and found a way to disable the hot corner (only good point). It was then impossible to do anything except move the mouse. The disabling of CTRL-ALT-Backspace is a real handicap; it was a nice way to restart the unstable X server (it always hangs from time to time, so having a way to force-restart is very nice, but even Ubuntu disabled that so not the main problem).
- After a complete reboot (very long from a DVD media), I started installation. It was very hard to setup my partition layout, because the fonts and mouse pointer are too small.
- After I finally got the partitioning right (/home pointing to my Home partition, / pointing to a new ext4 partition, /media/data pointing to my NTFS data drive), I clicked Continue and was once again stopped by an error message: I should have marked / as to be formatted.
- I came back to the partitioning step, checked the mark to format /, and boom, installer crashed with a super long, super small-sized, error message, telling me that the installer was crashed and there would be an opportunity to file a bug report after the window closed.
- No bug report wizard came up, just the desktop.
- Exhausted of not being able to do anything more with Linux Mint than troubleshooting, I wanted to reboot back to Ubuntu, but again, no keyboard shortcut to reboot. Got out of this with CTRL-ALT-F1 followed by CTRL-ALT-Delete.
My machine is an Asus P8Z77-V LX with Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPU. I replaced the HD4000 onboard graphic with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX650 especially because the HD4000 was not working well with newer Linux kernels when playing Minecraft, and now it seems that the NVIDIA is causing instability (could explain the hanging). I have 16Gb of DDR3, so plenty of memory, and 2 120Gb SSDs and a 1Tb hard drive, so plenty of disk space as well.
I booted the installer in EFI mode. Could this be the problem? But I cannot install in MBR mode, because my Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu setups are EFI-based and I don't want to keep pressing F8 like a mad man to reach the boot menu and choose Mint from there, just because Mint is not EFI-compliant in practice while it should be in theory. Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu work correctly so I don't want to reinstall just because EFI is a matter of "Try EFI then switch back to MBR".
Any reason why Linux GUI (GNOME3, Cinnamon) are getting harder to use and loosing the ability to navigate with keyboard? Any reason why Linux, supposedly the most stable OS, crashes every time (seems only the kernel is now solid, X.Org is often going havoc now)? Is it because only one main brand of graphic card is supported and that switches brand from time to time, like the "Nexus" status of Android devices? This is very problematic, because I don't have anything to do with tons of now-incompatible graphic cards and don't want to spend my weekends swapping out PCI cards. How about people with laptops, for which the graphic card CANNOT be swapped out at all? This is totally unacceptable.