Schoelje wrote:What I try to get clear is: what makes Linux Mint, Linux Mint?
Is it the design, the tools that have been decided upon, the tools they created?
Is it the community, the quality we expect from Linux Mint?
I think it's all of the above, and more.
I agree - Mint is the software, as well as the community, and, overall a distro that listens to its community and tries to be the best distro possible for its users and its goals. I think that the software is very important, but Linux Mint is so much more than that.
Here are some more tools where I question their value.
I don't use them, and I can't even think of a good reason why others would, but I'd like to hear if I'm wrong:
- Backup Tool
- Domain Blocker
- Upload Manager
Honestly, I've never used these tools. However, I have seen quite a few mentions of the Backup Tool being very helpful, and I think it is important to have some good backup tool installed by default (and this is, after all, an unofficial Mint edition, so why not Mint's backup tool?). Gene mentioned Clonezilla, which is probably my favorite way to backup stuff, but it is a little bit too complicated for a lot of end users (or just unknown) IMO. Mint Backup is a fairly reliable and simple backup tool, and it is a good idea to have, especially considering the possible breakages UP to UP.
On the other hand, the Upload Manager has always seemed kind of pointless to me (I have no idea what it actually does), and I would be in favor of removing that. The Domain Blocker also seems pointless, and I believe there are similar apps with more functionality. I don't think either has been improved or really worked on in a while.