while I am not sure if or to what extent my problem with installing Mint has to do with this thread, and being fully aware of the limited resources the Mint team has at their disposal as well as the great work they indeed do do, I must say this does not sound good at all.
I did quite a lot of reading before deciding to try my debut with Linux via Mint 12 LXDE, and did not expect to run into such problems that early on, not even being able to install. Maybe with RC, but with "Stable"? Hm. Isn't that what Mint is supposed to be about - Linux in a form that most reasonably computer savvy people without Linux experience can install and use, at least with some hours of learning about it online?
I have been trying to find a solution for two days now, here in the forums and in many other places. I'm giving Mint two more days; if despite my best efforts I can not get it to install on my not-that-old laptop, I will find myself a different distro that does. It's all nice to have a great user experience, and Mint may be one of or even the best distro in that regard, but that's not worth anything if I can't install it.
I really have the feeling that I would love Mint if I would get a chance to actually use it, but I am not looking for a toy, I am looking for something I can use to be productive and rely on. So far, this is not it.
Don't get me wrong: If there are any knowledgeable people out there who can tell me how to get this to run, I would be very grateful! I'm most willing to learn and reasonably computer savvy, but I simply do not have the time to become a Linux expert only to be able to test drive Linux Mint.
If you think you can help me and can spare a minute or two, I would really appreciate if you could have a quick look here:viewtopic.php?f=175&t=96898&p=553704#p553704
As you can see in that thread, I'm not the only one with the exact same problem (no desktop during installation ever showing up, just a terminal), and the problem seemingly was reported during RC already and is still there... all this is not suitable to increase my trust in Mint, as much as I hate to say it.
I still have hope...