Yes we get it! Two great flavors in one distro…. I was trolling reddit when I came across the release of Mint Debian MATE edition. For clarification MATE is pronounced Mah-Tey, its spanish. If you’re still curious head over to my favorite pop culture reference wikipedia for the full explanation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(beverage) Back to our story, I’ve been a fan of Linux Mint for some time now, however when the desktop wars started just after GNOME forever doomed its desktop in favor of making everyones desktop look like an oversized smart phone, I decided to give LM a rest while it figures out just what it is going to do desktop wise. I did try their release with cinnamon. For me it was a disaster, there were times desktop kept freezing while using chrome. Not sure what the cause of the issue was. There were other times when just prolonged use would also cause this to freeze. So with that I chose to abandon the distro. You are correct in assuming I should have looked deeper and find out why this was happening. I chose not to do this because this hasn’t been my main distro in a few years. I did this because I used to suggest this as a distro that new users who have never used linux before as their gateway distro. If they run into trouble they are not going to try and troubleshoot the issue either. I know this is a messed up way to evaluate a distro but I want to be sure that the distro I suggest actually passes “the easy test”. In the past year I have been at a crossroads because I have had people on both ubuntu and linux mint and for some this has been going on for four plus years. I would have to start upgrading them at some point. I wanted to move the ubuntu users off to a new distro and I was thinking the same might have to happen with older linux mint users too. Luckily I saw that linux mint LMDE edition has been released and better yet? Rolling distro – BAM! What else? Based on Debian beee-otch! What does this mean? Never having to ever reinstall the OS ever again!!! Of course unless something truly disastrous happens. So, currently I installed this into a vm and will be testing this in the upcoming weeks and hopefully this will be everything I had hoped it would be. I would love to start suggesting the use of linux mint again! From the initial look of things, everything installed fine without a hiccup and took about 30mins from start to finish. Comes with Libre Office by default and it is fast! I installed audacity and right out of the box you can save files in mp3! Of course I prefer ogg but that’s for tomorrows post. Much much more to come with linux mint!
Over at the forums, we have a battle of the bands! We’re getting ready to select our new intro music for the linuxbasix podcast. Here is where you come in, go over to the forums and get your vote seen. If you are not a member, it takes two seconds to register. Check in and let us know. Not to poison the well, my two favorites?
blue sky fresh air by Tymono and Le jour où l’ascenseur est tombé dans le puits by Real Rice
For those who have waited patiently, the forums are back – forum.linuxbasix.com I will put a proper link up later today. Nothing has changed on the forums, everything is in place just as we left it before the old site went dark. Reminder there is a lug tonight so if you’re around please drop in!
This past weekend, the Northeast GNU/Linuxfest was held at Harvard University. I had a chance to meet quite a few people in person. Door, simply put, is a great guy and someone I feel the linux community is lucky to have. Russ Wenner also the same. On Sunday I had lunch with these guys along with Jonathan Nadeau and Cody Cooper. The funny thing I think we talk about everything except linux! Thanks to Cody, I now know what robotripping is! In fact after this post, I’m heading out to my local drugstore… It was a lunch I wished had never ended, truly a great time. Klaatu was there along with Psychosis. My regret is that I never got to spend any real time thanking the man who has helped me with quite a few things over the last couple of years. I am glad he made it up to Boston but for me, I have to be in the position where I am not running things and actually enjoy an event. We had a lot of really interesting speakers – Andrew Lewman of the Tor project, Wendy Seltzer, Matthew Garrett, Maddog Hall – just to name a few. We had a good sponsor turn out. I did want to mention that HP was extremely supportive to our event. They provided us with laptops for this event. I installed Fedora 18 on them without issue. No UEFI madness to deal with, just set it and we’re on our way. All the talks were recorded using mumble and as soon as Jonathan records the intros, those will start appearing most likely as soon as today. Those will show up on the northeastlinuxfest.org website. The only disappointment for me personally was the lack of local folks at this event. I was really hoping to see a much larger turnout. That is still a work in progress. Our two day event was certainly ambitious we may scale it back to just a one day event next year, we’ll see. We will have more hands available at this event so who knows?
Ok, some of you are probably wondering, where did the forums go? We’re/I am debating on the maintenance. We were asked the question a couple of weeks back – who maintains the spam now? Who do you think? Yeah, thats right even though he’s busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest, Door finds a way to manage the forums. We’ll keep you posted as to when and if the forum makes a return. More to come…