antikythera wrote:Stability for me still equals LM 9 as a base with newer versions of particular applications I use installed manually ....
bimsebasse wrote:Then someone is doing you over, outside donations I haven't paid a dime for Mint. The "this is UNACCEPTABLE!" attitude is sort of inappropriate against something offered to you for free ....
A lot of these things are out of Mint's hands. with Gnome 3 came a new DE with a new shell, both Ubuntu and Mint weren't happy with it and have created their own shells (or Ubuntu promoted their netbook desktop to the big league), these are of course at this point in time not as stable and fine-tuned as Gnome 2's gnome-panel
Again, Linux Mint 12 was more damage control than Mint's choice and vision in a desktop - Mint's preferred Gnome 2 environment was rendered obsolete, not by Mint but by Gnome, and Mint 12 was a compromise to try and turn Gnome Shell into something that wouldn't scare Gnome 2 fans away, a compromise that garnered a lot of praise and won Mint a lot of users, by the by.
How much did you pay for your Mint OS?
But just to acquaint you with more than your own checkbook, If Linuxmint keeps it's current trend, it stands to make over $150,000 this year if only sponsors an donors are considered. Advertising and private contributions are metrics I didn't explore. I think it's great that an open source project can rake in profit like this.
jesica wrote:Use LMDE, it is stable and safe, and you do not have to upgrade all the time, I have been using it for quite a while
4. How does LMDE compare to the Ubuntu-based editions?
Cons: Although it's using Romeo for unstable packages, LMDE continuously changes as it receives updates and new software. Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once it's publicly released, it's not as stable. Things are likely to break more often
In Cinnamon, the window manager froze when changing the Icon Theme in Cinnamon settings. I could still get to the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1-F5), but the WM was frozen. Rebooted, tried the same thing - froze again. This is rather lame.
LM14 KDE froze when I ran ClamTK on the SSD of the laptop. All 4 CPU cores were used nearly 100%, and the mouse moved choppily. I find that unacceptable, since at least 1 core/CPU should be reserved for the OS, but whatever. The problem is that after ClamTK finished, I'd get the same mouse choppiness when opening ordinary web pages in Chrome (like this forum; no fancy scripting).
I never had these sorts of stability issues with Windows 7, on the same laptop. It would run rock-solid for weeks.
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