Ohayo my peeps,
you might remember how miffed off I was about the third installment of the Linux Mint Debian Edition (codename Cindy) and what problems it gave me. Now that was mostly caused by a bad installation file I got when I torrented the ISO file instead of direct downloading it. Anyway, I did it correctly now, and LMDE is also out of Beta, so what I got was finally the real release version.
And what shall I tell ya, it all went ok-ish and is now save and secure installed on Gaga, in all the Minty glory and it works just great. Not going into details now, since the differences between Mint’s “normal” Ubuntu-based version 19 and the (IMHO more reasonable) Debian-based LMDE version are sooo minimal and almost not noticeable. Only thing that pisses me off is that LMDE is exclusively available with the Cinnamon desktop environment. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and comes close to the standard operating paradigm, like in Mate DE and, as we know it since like forever from Microsoft Windows desktop, it’s just not the same. Cinnamon has made a good evolution towards more speed but is still slower and less modifiable than its more oldfashioned brother.
But no problem for 99.9999% of all users, since they aren’t Orca, and since we all have modern and super strong computers. Or do we? Anyway, working and living in LMDE3 is a very satisfying experience for young and old … uh, for n00bs and experts. 😉
So, when I told you to not install LMDE3 yet, the situation has changed drastically. I had enough opportunities to fire up Gaga in the last days and can wholeheartedly recommend this nifty Mint version. It doesn’t make a huge difference to the normal Mint if you were on Cinnamon anyway, but gives you the warm and cozy feeling of being just a tiny bit more geekish and advanced. And that’s cool, no? =^.^=
While the choices and tweaks in Cinnamon are a bit more limited than in Mate, the experience is still so much more and better than in most other newfangled Desktop Environments. So, yeah, Cinn is an easy-going oasis of well-being in the modern desktop world. It shouldn’t give you any problems getting used to it and give you a well-rounded workflow. In contrast to its more strict Gnome 3 brethren Cinn sports an active desktop which allows direct operation like we old people know it since kinda 30 years. So if you’re not one of those people who need everything, like, totally modern and smartphone looking, Linux Mint, and in extension its Debian Edition, is the right stuff for you.
Then it was time for the ultimate test: Singularity download was flawless and it’s running as nice and smooth as one can expect from an office machine with Intel’s onboard graphics chip. It’s not great but at least 10 times better than what MiniMe has to offer.
Conclusion: Do I really have to tell you for the umpteenth time now, what a great Linux distro Mint is? No, I’m still not using it privately for myself, but! if my Linux guruine woudn’t have brutally steered me in the Arch Linux direction, and made everything else abundant for me, Linux Mint would be my favourite distribution, my darling, my precious. And the more so its own Debian spin LMDE3. It’s my go-to emergency ssystem since years. And that means something.