[Chester LUG] Linux Mint

Les Pritchard les at chesterlug.org.uk
Fri Feb 22 17:15:58 UTC 2013

Thanks for all the feedback. In the past I've always been happy with other
versions of Mint, I use the Debian edition on a forensic desktop and that
deals with big (TBs) sized files with no stability problems. So maybe this
is just an odd blip. I always used to use Ubuntu on the desktop until a
couple of years back, then on this particular desktop I was using Pinguy.
Not a very well known distro, but it worked really well on my hardware.
Trouble is it didn't have a smooth upgrade path, hence the change. I
figured being the most popular distro out there, Mint can't be that bad.
Just wondering if the KDE version is a poor relation.

David: Yes it was Nadia that I downloaded a couple of days ago. Come to
think of it, I installed from the same ISO onto a virtualbox VM and I
didn't get a problem then. So it's very strange, maybe it randomly picks
from a list of sources and just some of them are incorrect?

Dan: I've used Kubuntu a few times and did like it, I was just wondering
how well supported it was now. From what you say, it sounds like it is
still going strong and could be a good option.


On 22 February 2013 16:48, Michael Crilly <mrcrilly at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry to hear about that Les! I use Mint on my desktop in work and it has
> a few issues here an there (mainly Cinnamon), but I don't believe I have
> experienced that issue. It has been quite good for me.
> At home I use Debian in the laptop and a Mac for media. I think straight
> Debian is the way forward, personally. It's an absolutely rock solid
> distro. Anyway this isn't a distro vs distro conversation.
> - MTC
> On 22 Feb 2013, at 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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