I installed two programs last night, K3B and GnomeBaker. Both installed via mintInstall and neither showing on menu.
Then one doesn't know where to look. Looks like usr/share directory is a general place to look. But I find GnomeBaker dir and no executable.
Using the file manager's search feature (and with paths somehow turned on since the Nautilus thing does not show a path to anything), I found executables for K3B and GnomeBaker. But, damned if they don't have paths under their icons........ so I have the ludicrous situation of having found them but still not knowing where they are (say in order to make a launcher in the menu). Oh, there it is... right click properties and there's the path o_0
Installing software is about as fundamental a task as anyone does on a computer, and to make it this difficult is ridiculous. I cannot recommend Mint to Windows users until the software installation problem is solved. I was very pleased at first when Mint loaded and ran without fiddling with it, so much that I removed Windows completely. But if I can't install the software I want what good is it? Just one of many examples: I installed Nessus using a deb package and the deb installer. Nessus is nowhere to be found, even using the terminal. If I install from source the executable simply will not run.
.... just a comment made while very angry. I used CPM/DOS/Windows and a PDP-11 for twenty years and never ever had to ask for technical support, not even once. I have had Mint for one month and have had to ask twice (this doesn't count since I don't need or want any help). I have to say I am re-thinking my choice
I'm beginning to wonder as well. Video cards not working... buy new one, drives not being recognized and no clue how to nudge the system to see them. Load a blank DVD and get prompted to run Brasero, which then can't seem to see the disc or the drive that just prompted the program. But hey... I just found GnomeBaker and burned a disc. Glorah to Gawd! Now I'm happy until next inconceivable mole comes along to make me wonder how to whack it.
edit: Though I found GnomeBaker in usr/share/applications, I cannot see
it when trying to make a launcher in the menu. It's there but not there
So yeah, I wonder. The time involved in trying to get set up - injurious to productivity as it is - is not conducive to freedom
. And this appears in many ways to be associated with a lack of elegance.
. Still, when I think of Windows... as familiar as it is, I think I'll hang out with Mint for a while.