[Chester LUG] Linux Mint

Dan Lynch dan at danlynch.org
Fri Feb 22 16:02:53 UTC 2013

I haven't heard of that problem before Les but it sounds like a real school
boy error. To coin a phrase. I use Mint on loads of my machines with either
the Cinnamon or MATE interfaces. Haven't tried the KDE version but I've
found it to be a good reliable distro over the years.

Always worth exploring new horizons though, I wouldn't discourage you from
that. I've heard some horror stories about the latest Fedora from friends.
People who are clear Fedora supporters too. Apparently there are lots of
bugs to iron out and things to work around. It's not really meant to be a
stable end user desktop distro, it's very much the development arm of RHEL
these days. Not tried Mageia yet but I loved Mandrake back in the day so I
hope it's good.

Is Kubuntu not an option if you're a KDE fan? I know Canonical stopped
paying the lead developer but he quickly got a job for someone else
continuing Kubuntu officially. I always hear good things about it but
haven't tried it in years. I'm not really a KDE man.

Anyway, enough rambling. Just thought I'd contribute these random thoughts


On 22 February 2013 15:54, Les Pritchard <les.pritchard at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Last night I decided to give Mint a go on one of my primary desktop
> systems. I've used the Debian edition and previous Gnome versions in the
> past, but with all the the Gnome changes I have found myself using KDE more.
> So I grabbed the KDE version of the latest Mint and installed it with no
> problems. All worked really well and I was pleased with hardware support
> etc. The problem came when I tried to run an update. Apt-get returned a
> whole load of 404s when trying to update, saying the servers could not be
> found.
> A quick look into the sources file showed me that the repos they had for
> the Ubuntu servers all referenced the code name for the Mint distro and not
> the matched Ubuntu edition! (All these code names are just annoying in my
> opinion). So a quick change of the name to the correct Ubuntu code name and
> all the updates worked perfectly.
> A quick Google suggests that others have seen this problem too. I find it
> very hard to believe that a distro could be rolled with such a simple
> error. Also being such a trivial error, that it hasn't been quickly fixed
> amazed me. The experience didn't fill me with confidence about the distro
> at all.
> Has anyone else found any other issues with it? Should I be going back to
> Ubuntu after all this time?! Or over to something like Fedora / Mageia /
> Fuduntu...
> Les
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