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timmie
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Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by timmie » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:48 pm

hello,

I started to use Mint time ago as a more user friendly alternative to Ubuntu.

But more an more I find issues and the distro seems to have lost the traction in spearheading usability.
Compared with the fast access to frequently used files which I see with Win 10 there is some room for improvement in productivity.

Examples:
  • Requests to include recent files list were blocked as won't fix due to GTK upstream issues
  • Samba nor NFS is not installed by default...
How shall I report all the little things I encountered since I did a complete reinstall of the OS?

Thanks.

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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by gm10 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:52 pm

Yeah, I think they're on a minimal effort approach as far as the main distro goes these days.

Bug reports and feature suggestions both can be submitted as issues under the appropriate repository on github: https://github.com/linuxmint/

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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by timmie » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:06 pm

gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:52 pm
Yeah, I think they're on a minimal effort approach as far as the main distro goes these days.
Shall be exploring Plasma then. They have a desktop indexer.
There seem to be some usability/productivity improvements although I'd come accustomed to Gnome/GTK as opposed to the K* things and I liked the accessories Mint provides.

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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by Pjotr » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:16 pm

gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:52 pm
Yeah, I think they're on a minimal effort approach as far as the main distro goes these days.
Maybe this'll change soon:
with LMDE 3 and Mint 19 behind us, we’re ready to get started on some of the big projects.
Source: https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3634

But given the relatively small size of the Mint dev team, the Mint devs can hardly be blamed to leave upstream issues to upstream...
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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by gm10 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:33 pm

Do we know what those big projects are? Other than Cinnamon 4.0 I guess.
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:16 pm
But given the relatively small size of the Mint dev team, the Mint devs can hardly be blamed to leave upstream issues to upstream...
Well, it's not like they've run out of things to fix and improve regarding their own stuff. The Cinnamon repo alone has 639 open issues, and that's with them closing feature requests as soon as they've read them.

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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by timmie » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm

The intention of the original question was really to provide feedback.

In the Mint 19 release there are numerous items which I would not have expected in a 2018 Mint distro.
Mint started with motivation to provide the better out of the box user experience than Ubuntu.
It's about innovative features & QA.
Thing is that I had to configure many things again: samba to access NAS, etc.

So:

Shall I file an issue for each item?
Or shall I create a forum thread?

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Re: Feedback on Mint 19 & development

Post by gm10 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:25 pm

timmie wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm
Shall I file an issue for each item?
Or shall I create a forum thread?
If you want to reach the devs directly, then create an issue (search if one doesn't already exist first).

If you want to see whether your opinion is actually shared by the community, create a thread and let's discuss. I suppose if the thread is productive then the devs could be made aware of it.

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