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Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:51 pm
by expat_tony
I voted for poor hardware compatibility. I'm very happy with the OS as such (Mint16, soon to be 17) and am totally convinced by the data security and anti-monopoly arguments against Windows.

Trouble is, my computer system is a workhorse, not a project for me to work on perfecting. As well as the PC it includes an internet connection (in my case wireless), a printer, a scanner, and two or three Windows-based apps that I've become very comfortable with and verging on expert at.

Related issues I have with Mint 16:
- the wireless connection gives me 10-15 % lower signal strength than it does with XP (that's absolute %, not relative), and it really shows up in the download speeds. This is a particular pain because I hope to use XP only offline in future, for obvious reasons
- it took me ages to find and then install a Linux printer driver for my Canon, and now I have an additional issue with dual booting & dual drivers (I wish!). This will be cheap to resolve, as they practically give away printers these days. But it's irritating.
- SimpleScan gives me far fewer control options than the included software on my scanner. Is there anything better in the Software Centre?
- though strictly not a hardware issue, Wine has been a great disappointment to me with the XP programs I use. Be honest, it's really just there for gamers isn't it? PlayonLinux even got installed to the "Games" section of the main menu.

The issues above are those that this typical (?) newbie would like to find resolved in future distros of Mint. I wonder if there are more like me who can see the potential of Mint, but are slightly disappointed by the current reality. That being said, the early part of this thread was a wonderful history lesson in Linux Mint, and it's certainly moved on since the 7 / 8 / 9 days.

I'd willingly take part, even as a humble beta tester, in a project aimed at making a user-friendly"OS+" package to welcome victims of Win8 who want to change but simply don't have the time to re-educate themselves into geeks. Is anyone working on such a thing?

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:19 am
by asouza22
I am right along with you my friend. New to Linux. Have Windows 7 but am intimitated by Windows 8's nonsense. I had a lot of random problems i.e. my OS would hang forever on shutdown... weeks later I learned it to be my Graphics Card driver. I had set it up but I had to go with a different choice on that menu. It ran completely flawless afterwards as far as freezing and hanging.

Now my next issue I'm focusing on is my Printer. It's a Brother mfc-j470dw. I would think it would run on Linux as well as Windows but apparently it doesn't. I have the installation disk, books, etc. Can't figure it out.

-aaron


SOMETHING ELSE I JUST REALIZED... just under the 'Save Preview Submit' there is a box to x out for 'notify me when a reply is posted'

Had never seen that before and I have been asking questions and was thinking I wasnt getting any responses because I never got a message or email saying there was a reply. This should be checked off as default as to pleole like myself, who are new, are discouraged when questions are asked and not being answered (so you thought). UGH

I guess it's good I decided to look around since I havent been here in a couple weeks because of the obious, wasnt getting answered.

wow, that was a rant

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:52 am
by JSeymour
asouza22 wrote:Now my next issue I'm focusing on is my Printer. It's a Brother mfc-j470dw. I would think it would run on Linux as well as Windows but apparently it doesn't. I have the installation disk, books, etc. Can't figure it out.
Again: Not Linux' fault Brother does not include Linux support on the media they ship with their printers.

In any event: It's easily-solved: Go here: http://support.brother.com/g/b/download ... _as&os=128

I found it in all of about ten seconds by putting "mfc-j470dw" and "Linux" into a web search, then following the links.

Jim

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:35 pm
by asouza22
Oh nice! Thank you buddy. And of course I know it's not Linux' fault. It's late so I haven't tried anything yet. Took a quick look, am I doing all of those steps? or just the ones that say Ubuntu. Or Debian and Ubuntu? Again, haven't really dove into it, it's 11:30 and am going to bed.

thank you thank you :D

~Aaron

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:35 pm
by asouza22
Oh nice! Thank you buddy. And of course I know it's not Linux' fault. It's late so I haven't tried anything yet. Took a quick look, am I doing all of those steps? or just the ones that say Ubuntu. Or Debian and Ubuntu? Again, haven't really dove into it, it's 11:30 and am going to bed.

thank you thank you :D

~Aaron

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:35 pm
by asouza22
Oh nice! Thank you buddy. And of course I know it's not Linux' fault. It's late so I haven't tried anything yet. Took a quick look, am I doing all of those steps? or just the ones that say Ubuntu. Or Debian and Ubuntu? Again, haven't really dove into it, it's 11:30 and am going to bed.

thank you thank you :D

~Aaron

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:53 am
by JSeymour
asouza22 wrote:Took a quick look, am I doing all of those steps? or just the ones that say Ubuntu.
You'll have to read it. Looks like, for the Driver Install Tool, you just follow the instructions.

If you want just printing: Follow the LPR printer driver and CUPS wrapper printer driver links. That's what I did.

IIRC: I had to create the /var/spool/lpd directory, manually, beforehand. Should look like this:

Code: Select all

>ls -ld /var/spool/lpd
drwxr-x--- 3 root lp 4096 2012-03-18 12:12 /var/spool/lpd
E.g.:

Code: Select all

>sudo mkdir /var/spool/lpd
>sudo chown root:lp /var/spool/lpd
>sudo chmod 750 /var/spool/lpd
asouza22 wrote: thank you thank you :D
You're welcome.

Jim

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:57 am
by asouza22
The fact that I am now notified when there is a post (because I realized you have to X the box) gives this Mint Forum a whole new meaning.

Thank you for your time, this information is fantastic.

Can't thank you enough for you taking your time to not only find the website, but to give instruction.

Best Regards

Aaron

This experience, thanks to you Jim, has moved my perception of Linux Mint from 3 stars to 4.5.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:12 pm
by heshchet
I'm pretty happy with Linux Mint. I have two problems, but I think they are Linux problems, and not necessarily unique to Mint.

I've come across two bugs (if that's what they are) that I haven't been able to resolve. I don't think they're unique to Mint though. One involves jbd2 process hogging 99% of my input/output to my hard drive: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=169585.

It seems to occur when I'm dealing with 100s or 1000s of files, which I do regularly. If you Google the problem you'll find that many other Linux users have had this problem, not just Mint users. I have to kill the gvfsd-metadata process at least once a day in order to get it to stop hogging my resources.

Another problem I have is with the Tumblrd process. It hogs 99% of input/output to my hard drive whenever I'm opening a folder with videos, and sometimes when I'm playing a video.

These two issues might be dealbreakers for me if I can't get them resolved.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:13 pm
by SkinnySeal
My biggest complaint is nemo hogging memory and never seeming to let go. I run my home computer 24/7 and nemo's share keeps going up, up and away. I noted the problem when I first used the Cinnamon DE on Mint 15, and now that I'm running Mint 17 cinnamon the problem still exists. I keep the system monitor tool running in the background and kill the nemo process regularly when it tops 500 MiB of memory usage. I can stop all nemo usage from my typical 3 workspaces and nemo's memory footprint doesn't shrink at all.

I'm also not thrilled that Cinnamon appears to use swap space first, when (faster) memory is still available. That makes no sense to me whatsoever. I've disabled swap space in fstab to workaround this issue.

On a positive note, I'm not encountering frequent crashes at all using Mint 17, which plagued my Mint 15 Cinnamon installation. I'm not sure Mint 17 has crashed at all yet. Stability was my major incentive to upgrade to a fresh install of MInt 17; that and the long term benefit of an LTS version.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:45 am
by Bryan88
I voted other, which said please specify but didn't give me an option to. Although I'm very happy with Mint 15 ( to the point of wondering why I should even upgrade to 17) it's inability to do almost anything regarding MIDI without having to jump through hoops is a problem for me.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:11 pm
by Standard User
LM is a great distro, but the most annoying and idiotic thing is - entering your password every few minutes(when installing software or tinkering the system). I set 1 symbol password, but it is still annoying. What are advantages of it? When you have to enter your password for just about everything, malware would sneak to the system anyway. Preventing accidental damage? I think, usually there is really low chance of it. So, an option to disable it would be great(especially - without having sex with terminal :) )

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:00 pm
by expat_tony
As there was a 3 1/2 year gap in this thread, maybe the admin could reset the voting to count only after April 2014?

If you keep the old score on record in the thread and compare, we'll all have a good idea of which issues were or were not addressed in those missing years.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:30 pm
by jos24
The only thing that really BUGS me is the network bug.
All the rest I can accept and handle as long as I have the connection to do it.
It is extremely frustrating when you need a connection to fix a connection. I think this should be the #1 priority that it is bugless.
I just posted in another thread about first the loss ofw ifi connection and today ethernet (using a 2nd install to do this now)
I never mind tweaking my system or expect packaged products to be exactly what I want.
I am still not sure about exactly ho to update and what updates I should avoid to avoid bugs. but overall I am pretty happy and would honestly dislike it if it as "all there" with no input on my part.

Linux user since Feb 2014.
Dual Mint16 installs to overcome the network bug

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:43 am
by TheKernel
Well I probably sound now like a broken record but I voted bugs ... for non functional Bluetooth in LM Qiana really annoys me - Blueman pairs but does not connect to any of my equipment or even my phone, so my working music distribution hub of LM16 is now defunct. Yes i could reinstall LM16, but surely a comprehensive and working bluetooth component is essential in any release these days.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:55 am
by grumpus
Realizing there are a great many cross platform users there are some who are not. Without causing an argument it would be nice if there were less native Windows specific packages installed as default. If the majority of Linux Mint users are MS/Linux dual booters, so be it, but it would be nice to have a standalone Linux version. It takes a lot of weeding to remove all the useless dll files and other MS relative packages. It would also be nice if some of the dependeny issues for Mint packages, such as codex files, did not get removed along with some of the native MS packages like cabextract.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:24 pm
by Koninator
Hardware support.

AMD APU(graphic&cpu) drivers don't work. Especially power management.
When I used Linux Mint from live CD, in less than half of hour my laptop overheated and shout down. I wasn't even able to install Linux Mint on hard drive. Because even before installation process finished my laptop shut down.

And some versions of Linux Mint, don't even boot, on my laptop. [HP Pavilion g6 2239] UEFI?

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:06 pm
by Habitual
Meet the new boss,
same as the old boss.

Debian > Ubuntu > Mint > meh.

Well, you asked.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:23 pm
by Derek_S
I would have to say the installer. I've been a member of the forum for just over six months now and I spend most of my time in the "Installation & Boot" section. It seems far too many people crash and burn trying to install Linux Mint, especially where Windows 8/8.1 and UEFI boot are concerned. I actually gave up trying to dual boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint on my own HP Envy DV-7 laptop after the first 5 or 6 failed attempts, and bought a refurbished Lenovo T400 laptop to do a stand alone installation of Linux Mint.

Then I went back an tried installing openSUSE 13.1 on the HP Envy along with Windows 8, and guess what? The openSUSE installer detected that Windows 8 was already installed, figured out I was using UEFI boot by detecting the FAT32 UEFI boot partition, and even figured out that I had Secure Boot enabled in BIOS. Then it suggested a partition scheme which I could approve or modify, and finished by showing a summary of all the partitions being used for installation, showed it was installing Grub to the UEFI boot partition, and even installed a signed bootloader file, shim.efi, to allow for using Secure Boot. All I had to do post-installation was boot back into Windows and use the bcdedit command to change the path for the bootloader to \EFI\opensuse\shim.efi, and I've had no problems ever since. Why can't the Mint installer do this as well?

I think that for every person showing up on this forum trying to fix their failed Linux Mint installation, there are probably 9 others who just give up on Linux and reinstall Windows. Having a bad experience right from the start is not the way to win people over to using Linux over Windows, and I hope the developers read this and take note. I know it's near impossible to make the installer idiot proof, but it could be a lot better than it is now.

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:39 pm
by AlanWalker
asouza22 wrote:I am right along with you my friend. New to Linux. Have Windows 7 but am intimitated by Windows 8's nonsense. I had a lot of random problems i.e. my OS would hang forever on shutdown... weeks later I learned it to be my Graphics Card driver. I had set it up but I had to go with a different choice on that menu. It ran completely flawless afterwards as far as freezing and hanging.

Now my next issue I'm focusing on is my Printer. It's a Brother mfc-j470dw. I would think it would run on Linux as well as Windows but apparently it doesn't. I have the installation disk, books, etc. Can't figure it out.

-aaront
This should help.

Two days ago I installed MFC-7860DW support on one of my Linux systems. Everything is working, including scan.

I've not installed for a color inkjet printer though and, one time about 1.5 years ago, I installed drivers on a version of Mint for a color laser printer; the install went well but the printer would only print in b/w.

HTH,