I've just changed from Mint 12 LXDE 32 bit to Mint 13 KDE 64 bit. So far I'm very happy with it - it looks great and is for the most part very intuitive (in terms of configuring shortcuts, display config etc). But having installed it on 3 systems (powerful desktop, decent laptop, older laptop) and had the exact same experience each time I'm wondering if something has changed in the image currently available for download, whether if it affects everyone and people are suffering silently (but are experienced enough to deal with it by themselves), or perhaps I'm just unlucky.
1) An error about not finding contacts somewhere like /home/USERNAME/.local/contacts. If you create this folder then it's fine, but why is this happening? Can't the installer create it?
2) Updates are available, namely `mintupdate`, but you go to update it and it hangs. ps shows that it's waiting for a password, I think, but I never see the prompt. I kill it and then try again but I get the same problem. I resorted to using terminal and doing update then upgrade, which works (but see below).
3) Having to resort to running update/upgrade on the command line I get confronted with options about whether I should go with the current files or the newer ones from the upgrade. I have no idea which ones to use - how would I? I opted for the new ones, on the grounds that I'm upgrading to a newer version of some software, and it's a fresh install so I have no older/legacy config to maintain. Seems a bit unnecessary though.
4) KWallet keeps popping up, for all users, asking for credentials. Sometimes I get a similar popup asking about secrets. If I click cancel it goes away but I'm not on the wifi. It seems that, unlike every other linux distro I've used, each user must provide credentials for wifi. After playing with this a little, I decided to just disable kWallet, and this was fine (once I'd logged onto each account individually and entered the wifi password one more time so that it could be, I'm guessing, stored in the usual place. But even disabling kwallet was something I had to do for each user, and not via the admin account. Did I miss a trick here or is this the only way to do this?
5) Sometimes, dragging widgets to the panel causes a crash to occur. I've not yet managed to wade through all the screens needed to actually submit a report - it seems a lot harder work than reporting crashes on, say, Android. This has happened on two of the three machines, more than once. It would have been one of the built in widgets on a machine where it's unlikely any other software would have been installed.
I guess I'm a sort of intermediate level in terms of Linux, so its not been too much of a problem resolving these issues, but I never had anything like this much trouble within an hour of installing other distros, including previous versions of Mint.