Tried Mint13 (Cinnamon) yesterday for the first time and i must say i'm
pretty impressed, although i had a few gliches here & there.
grub-install: in the dialog which lets you choose where to
install grub to (sda, sda1, ...), please add a "nowhere"/"none" option.
On my Box, i maintain everything grub personally, from another Linux
on the machine. Not overly important, but a minor annoyance that comes
with so many distros: they just bulldoze my personal bootloader.
package mirror: i wasn't asked about a package mirror to choose from,
and i promptly ran into probs when trying to fetch all the package
lists with mintupdate (a bunch of them failed). After manually changing
the main mirror (to a local one), everything went smoothly.
Long-time black screen: for many developers this is a no-no.
Please add something on the screen that shows that the machine is not
hanging but indeed still booting.
After initial upgrades & reboot, mintupdate said there were no new
upgrades, but after starting Synaptic, it showed new upgrades for
Linux Kernel and Xorg.
Missing test input widget to test the key repeat delay/speed.
Is this a part of Gnome or Cinnamon?
While fiddling around with the panel, a tooltip for the Firefox launcher
appeared but never went away, not even after switching workspaces, had
to restart the desktop (relogin) to get rid of it. Quite a hack innit?
mintupdate is not using the standard tooltip. The mintupdate tooltip
looks different and it also appears partially or entirely below the
panel (z order), depending on the exact mouse position, so one can
sometimes see only parts of the tooltip or no tooltip at all.
So far i couldn't find some config utility that lets me choose to keep
session information. On my current desktop, i got 4 default apps opened
on 2 workspaces with certain window positions & sizes, all of which i want
back after every login, but Mint-Cinnamon just starts with a blank desktop
every time. Am i missing something?
Wow, the first distro which is getting sound right. I got two sound
devices on this machine, and this gnome sound prefs thing brings it!
Not that sound just worked out-of-the-box, but i can choose the default
device (woohoo!) and the volume/mute media keys work, including visual
feedback (with the correct volume level displayed) plus actually doing
the mute and especially the unmute, in contrast to the massive trouble
i got on my Xubuntu box, having to mess around with amixer/pacmd commands
in custom shell scripts, still not getting things to go smooth.
Search engines: why make it such a fuzz to add one's favorite search
engines to the search bar? Had to install the "Add to Search Bar" extension
to get back in the driver's seat..
Please consider making galculator the default. Much better than
gcalctool IMHO. Also the default in many other distros.
As mc user, i can't use gnome-terminal because of the F10 problem.
Although one can disable F10 in the terminal prefs window, as soon as
i do so, hitting F10 now opens a popup menu..
Couldn't find any F10 shortcut in the system prefs either.
Is that a Gnome thing or is Mint definig the F10 key somewhere?
Trying to undefine another hotkey i called the gnome-terminal help,
but instead of the quick terminal help i was hoping for, Firefox was
launched with a Mint webpage offering the Mint user manual for download
in PDF format..
Meanwhile i researched that one must try to define Backspace as hotkey to
actually undefine a hotkey in gnome-terminal, but anyway, the F10 problem
was still there and i eventually replaced gnome-terminal with xfce4-terminal
which works great on Mint-Cinnamon and which also doesn't pull tons of deps.
Phew, lucky me.
Default choice of software:
Good overall selection. 3 video players might be a little over the top, but
at least the installed players are amongst the best ones out there.
One thing i'm not a big fan of is the idea to bundle large stuff like vlc,
libre office, gimp and other big packages into mint-meta packages as
"required" deps. While i'm not exactly a minimalist, i usually prefer to
uninstall unneeded stuff to have a little more clean system.
Thats one minus point, at least in my rulebook. If these packages were
just recommends, things were different..
Considering it's young age, a good looking desktop with a nice bunch of
effects & goodies.
for my taste, the vertical space between menu items is a little bit
too big, leaving less room for items (longer ways to scroll bigger lists).
Also, installing new software doesn't always add the menu entry right away,
requiring to restart the desktop (or some sub sys i currently don't know)
to have the menu updated, esp. when i install a software from a source
tarball ala `make install`.
Otherwise, thumbs up. You guys have built a fine alternative to the horrible
Gnome3 shell. I'm tempted to switch over to Mint64-Cinnamon, but right now
i'm just in love with the high level of customization of the Xfce panel which
is currently simply above everything else (since version 4.8, that is).
In comparison, the Cinnamon panel appears more like an early draft. When this
thing improves (and i'm pretty sure it will), i'll probably switch over..