rivenought wrote:An observation I have made is that Linux Mint holds its own and even surpasses the quality of these legacy and elder distros.
In my opinion Mint still requires a bit more polish. If we compare it with Mandriva:
Mandriva KEEPS changes you made during a live session on the install. So if you set up a network connection, for example installed a Windows driver with ndiswrapper, configured to connect to a AP with a key, then do a HDD install, on first boot you will connect to that AP (if you enabled start at boot). I would love to see this implemented in other distributions as well, it makes life so much easier for end users like me.
Mandriva has some of the best network configuration utilities I have ever seen on any distribution (or OS for that matter). If you have a Broadcom card which is not supported by b43, but with ndiswrapper, you usually have to blacklist b43 and set ndiswrapper to be loaded at boot, then configure ndiswrapper. The drak tool does all this for you in an intuitive GUI, which leads to me using the GUI instead of the terminal. That is just one example.
The Mandriva control center is just brilliant. It offers a great way to perform maintenance, configure and install new software on your system. It is just as good as the SuSE YaST utilities (if you install gnome-main-menu in Mint you get, IMO, a better Control Center in Mint as well).
Even if urpmi is a good package management system, I still prefer apt, as it is so much more versatile, but since people here seem to like gnom-app-install, they'll probably like urpmi as well.
I just love Mandriva, it's so intuitive and easy to use, an excellent distribution for anyone starting out with Linux.
And I am not saying Mint is crap, I think it is a very good distribution, but I won't say it surpasses "legacy & elder" distributions, from a newbie point of view it is just as good as Mandriva, and in some cases I think that Mandriva might be a *bit* better, other cases Mint might be a *bit* better.