I started the day with a perfectly functional Mint 11 installation (successor to a perfectly functional
Fedora 14 installation).
I kept reading about how well LMDE now works, and I finally decided to go ahead and give it a try (my previous VirtualBox installation of LMDE last year wasn't impressive; couldn't update the system and didn't really want to spend time fixing it.)
So, I downloaded the new LMDE 64bit version (201204), and gave installing it a few tries. Slow, slow, slow:
forget that 10 minute bit advice on the installation window --- I never had an attempt under 45 minutes, and one went for 2 hours. No idea why they were so slow. And, at the end of each and every attempt, the "bootloader configuration" step would fail.
I searched the forums and found an old posting about doing this by hand with a chroot / grub-makeconfig, but that advice doesn't work at all, with all kinds of errors whining about shared libraries and ELF headers.
So, okay, I wanted my machine at least to be running, even if I couldn't have LMDE. I figured that I would
just install the KDE version. While the installation attempts were faster, it was still no speed demon; install attempts went on for about 30 minutes each. All of them blew up with a "installer has crashed" message in the languages area.
I finally decided to try installing the default version. No problem at all installing, installed quite quickly, and I was thinking "Yay, at least I still have a Mint box, even if it is Gnome."
Wrong. Once the box booted, neither my USB keyboard or USB mouse was being recognized. Okay, how about PS/2? I dug through the spares boxes and located a PS/2 keyboard and mouse. No joy. Not being picked up either.
I was frustrated with Fedora because no one there seems to care about the user experience (fonts in Fedora 15 and 16 just look terrible, even with infinality installed): Mint looks great and using Mint 11 was certainly acceptable.
But both versions of 12 and LMDE have been a real disappointment. I didn't really have a whole day to waste on lame installation attempts.
Yes, it's possible that a nasty hardware failure has suddenly developed on the box, but I don't think it's likely. All of the hardware is only just over a year old; smartctl isn't reporting any errors.
I have decided to go back to Mint 11 for now, though fuduntu looks kind of interesting and I may try that as October gets closer.
SOLUTION: Mint 11 works just fine. Guess I will use it until the next great release.
UPDATE: Mint 13 also works great. Still don't know why Mint 12 was so refractory; the same hardware is happy enough with Mint 11 and Mint 13.
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on Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:31 pm, edited 3 times in total.