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
Are we talking about the same LMDE? From http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php
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
Anyway, I've tried Mint 14 KDE and Cinnamon over the past two days, and they both froze or crashed within a few hours. My hardware is standard, a Del Latitude E6410 laptop with 4GB RAM and integrated graphics. I've checked the integrity of the USB sticks via the boot menu option before running the live OS.
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. What's the deal here? Mint is less stable when run live?
1. Sadly, I don't have time to tinker with settings, so in order to stay with Mint, I'm looking for the most stable release so far.
2. If I buy one of the new Ultrabooks, how poorer is support for its hardware likely to be?