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Emblems in Nemo!

Emblems are coming back in Nemo!

In GNOME 2 you could right-click a file or a directory, click Properties and assign it a little emblem icon. You can enjoy that feature in MATE but for some reason it was removed from GNOME 3 and thus it never made it to Cinnamon. Anyway, this came to our attention so we’re bringing it back.

With a few emblems you can add visual clues to directories, mark files as favorites… it’s yet another tool for you to decide how to sort things in your computer.

Mint-X will feature updated emblems and you’ll be able to use them in both Caja and Nemo.

(Source: segfault.linuxmint.com)

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New Nemo toolbar

The Nemo toolbar was slightly modified.
In particular Joseph modified Mint-X and Nemo to improve the look of the breadcrumb pathbar.
Toolbar buttons were also adapted to look consistent with the pathbar.

New Nemo toolbar

The Nemo toolbar was slightly modified.

In particular Joseph modified Mint-X and Nemo to improve the look of the breadcrumb pathbar.

Toolbar buttons were also adapted to look consistent with the pathbar.

(Source: segfault.linuxmint.com)

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The Last Federation Space Strategy On Linux Mint

http://www.gamingonlinux.com - We checked out The Last Federation a new space strategy game for Linux.

Recorded using Simple Screen Recorder on Linux Mint 16.

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Hermoso disenio

Beautiful design


Hermoso disenio

Beautiful design

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First Follower!


First Follower!

Finally my first follower! :3 I can now see my followers xD. So I just noticed I’ve been posting to pretty much no one but that’s okay lol. I’m very happy to find out I have my first follower and it’s by Linux Mint them self O.O…


I love their OS and I’m a VERY advanced user of Linux OSs although I’m no expert xD. I still can’t make my own OS based around Linux unless it’s just a command line like MS-DOS with more commands and internet. I already made one before in C++ and Python but I knew no one would want it so I just deleted it. It was taking up like 2GB of my hard drive space just sitting there… I could have compressed it into an ISO but that would take too long… 

Either way check them out and if you’re a fan of Linux and Windows like I am, then you’ll fall in LOVE with this OS.

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What Version of Linux Should I Learn?

Mint is a better choice for someone who is moving off of the Windows OS. Mint’s Cinnamon interface has a similar layout.

I don’t like Windows.

Ubuntu is more like the Apple OS.

This is like all the programming languages named after beverages like Java, CoffeeScript and Cocoa. Which one tastes better — I mean, works better?

Mint is faster, though that may not matter if you are a beginner.

I’m concerned about the software they have.

Both Mint and Ubuntu have the standard set of suites like the MS Office rip-off, multimedia players and web browser. It is easier to install apps via Ubuntu’s software store.

What about my laptop?

If you have a laptop, Ubuntu is better.

So I should learn Ubuntu to use at work.

If you want to run a whole company’s computers off Linux, I’d say go with SUSE Linux Enterprise desktop for their desktops. If you want to run a whole company’s servers off Linux, go with Red Hat.

I’ve heard of Red Hat. Can you get well paid if you know their stuff?

If you want to learn Linux to get a job, learn Red Hat’s version. They have a certification program that meets the needs of HR managers with certificate-itis.

I’m not sure which one I want to do.

You could use VirtualBox to try out different Linux distributions on your computer without having to actually install them.

Then all I have to do is learn the Red Hat material so I can get paid to work in Linux.

If you are getting ready for the Red Hat exams, practice with the RHEL Linux releases. Or try Fedora if you can’t get the Red Hat versions.

Boy, programmers like weird naming systems.

I knew a system admin who named all the servers after characters in Tolkien books. I couldn’t watch the Lord of the Ring movies without thinking about computers, and that had nothing to do with the CGI.

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What are the best Linux distros for beginners?

You’ve already learned that a distro is short for a distribution, so you’re not totally ignorant.

Learning a little reading about it does not mean I’m ready for more than installing a distribution.

Tech Radar says to use Zorin. It has Google Chrome, a version of Microsoft Office, Gimp for image editing, Pidgin for instant messaging and two apps for installing Windows only software.

If I wanted Windows, I’d mess with Windows. What about Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution, but it isn’t good for beginners.

What is your opinion of Mint?

Linux Mint is second only to Ubuntu, in terms of popularity. It is also much easier for beginners to use.

I’d like to know why you consider it better for beginners.

It is almost perfect for a beginner to use out of the box. No customization or troubleshooting required.

What about the applications it has?

Mint’s Cinnamon interface is similar to that of Microsoft Windows. Mint has more mature software like Pidgin for instant messaging, a browser, an office software suite and others.

But you can always install the apps you need.

When looking for distro for beginners, you want as much software out of the box as possible.

AKA, do not give someone unfamiliar with an OS the task of finding and installing a dozen apps as soon as they figure out how to log in. Then there’s the task of customizing it.

Ubuntu has more shortcuts and interfaces for tweaking your interface, but that’s more advanced that what you are looking for.

Why then did Tech Radar recommend Zorin, if it is less popular than Mint and Ubuntu?

Zorin looks a lot like Windows 7 and can be made to look like even older versions like Windows XP.

So it is a good fit for someone suffering Windows withdrawal.

Given that around a quarter of all PCs are still using Windows XP, that’s a big market.

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What do you think of Debian vs Ubuntu vs Mint?

Ubuntu was based on Debian, one of the oldest Linux operating system versions.

Ubuntu is clearly its own creature, now.

Ubuntu went commercial with Amazon tie-ins, annoying a lot of users.

It did worse with the tablet-like Unity OS that was so bad that many people put Cinnamon or some other set of desktops on top of the default desktop.

And a lot more of them switched to Mint, because they liked the old user interface. And Mint doesn’t have the commercial tie ins.

There are other non-commercial Linux versions, but Mint is the biggest in terms of downloads.

Mint is taking the first spot in Distribution Watch most months now, because it actually listened to users. Ubuntu did what it saw was the future, and now it is at risk of becoming history.

What about Debian?

Debian could jokingly be called history except for the fact they’ve kept it up to date. It isn’t bleeding edge, but it is ultra-reliable and stability.

Reliability and stability are hallmarks of Linux. If Debian is even better than the average Linux version in that regard, it must be ultra-ultra-stable.

Debian has its own device drivers, independent of what the equipment manufacturers produce, improving its stability.

Ubuntu, though, supports more hardware out of the box.

It also supports Steam, which is important to a lot of gamers.

Debian has a great installer, though. You can tailor it to what you’d want and it cleans up everything as it installs.

Debian’s installer is the opposite of Ubuntu’s Unity Linux concept – the questions are so advanced that you can’t install it if you aren’t a computer guru.

Where does that leave Mint?

In the sweet spot of customization and user friendliness.

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What do you think of CentOS vs Ubuntu vs Mint?

So you’re comparing neck and neck the top two and an odd outlier.

So which one is the outlier.

CentOS is the oddball, while Ubuntu used to be number one until Mint replaced it as number one.

CentOS is supposed to be heavily tested and verified.

All Linux versions get that reputation, and Ubuntu maybe even more so since their developers get paid.

Ubuntu has the ads from Amazon.

If you rely on volunteer developers and testers like CentOS, you risk the OS disappearing because everyone got tired of maintaining it or moved on to a new, cooler project.

Mint is non-commercial.

Sure, and that’s why it is replacing Ubuntu as the top distribution. But they either have corporate backing or will soon.

I know OpenSUSE is backed by Novel.

The open source model of CentOS has a major weakness, which is manpower, or people power, if you like. It has a slow release schedule and patch release cycle because it doesn’t have a dedicated team.

What’s great about Mint, aside from the classic desktop environment?

It is a somewhat light OS in terms of memory and RAM needs, but it actually has all the applications you’d want on a desktop. Lighter OS exist like Puppy, but that doesn’t even have the files you need to complete a VPN connection.

So you can have an even lighter OS, but that’s because they cut the fat and into the muscle.

Ubuntu has a full application suite, too, though a separate one from Mint. Some people choose between the two depending on the open source versions of PhotoShop and Microsoft Office they like more.

I’ve heard Ubuntu has more applications.

Mint and Ubuntu are probably equal in installation apps and available ones, but Ubuntu gets points for Steam.

Instant gaming is a hot commodity these days.

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What do you think of Fedora vs Arch vs Mint?

Fedora is famous for bleeding edge.

You mean on the leading edge.

No, I mean so far out there that it hurts.

I know Fedora is always innovative.

Which means everyone installing the latest version is a beta tester and there’s no online support for the bugs they get that no one else has come close to creating.

So the next release fixes it.

Fedora does new releases about once a year, but they don’t support old releases more than twelve months old. By the time you’ve got a patched version of the bleeding edge, they’ve abandoned it for the next one to debug.

So Fedora’s only for those who want to say I tested that in Linux before you got it in Ubuntu or Mint.

Mint is user friendly and has all the standard types of software people like, like a Microsoft Office suite that isn’t by Microsoft, photo editing that isn’t by Adobe and video players that aren’t quicktime.

What else aren’t they doing?

Mint is like Ubuntu is that it is intended for a wide, general audience.

So what does Arch have?

Arch supports systems for fast shut down and reboot, updates fast and excellent documentation on its wiki.

There has to be some over-arching reason Arch is not more popular.

Arch is a pain to update, because it saves new configuration files with a special extension. You have to merge configurations if you don’t want to essentially wipe the old OS and install the new one.

Some people don’t mind that. Or they’ll just do the whole upgrade.

Arch doesn’t do something like a Windows update where you install all 20 patches at once automatically.

What does it do?

You have to find and then pick the packages to build and then install yourself.

So updating or upgrading is a time consuming process. The so called fast update is only the actual install after you’ve done hours of work.

That’s why Arch Linux is more like fallen arches, a painful condition some people just live with.

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What do you think of Puppy Linux vs Mint?

Puppy Linux is a much smaller operating system. That means it installs fast and runs fast.

That’s because it is lean, mean, streamlined, cute -

A cute name doesn’t mean it is better.

Mint sounds sweet.

It is even sweeter when you realize it doesn’t have the Amazon commercials built into the Operating System like Unity, which drove a lot of Ubuntu users to Mint.

Puppy Linux is only an 85 MB OS. Mint is much larger.

Mint also has a lot more applications installed in it by default.

Puppy has a lot of alternatives to the default Windows versions. It has Gimp instead of Photoshop and a word processor.

Abiword in Puppy is even less commonly used than LibreOffice, the free Microsoft Office alternative used by Mint.

You can put Open Office and LibreOffice on Puppy.

They don’t make it as easy to install as Mint does, though they have a similar search for software to install interface.

Puppy lets you install from a download CD or memory stick or virtual partition or almost any way.

Mint has better upgrades at the touch of a button, a more mature software release process and more users to find holes in the operating system.

Because it is smaller, Puppy probably has fewer holes.

Mint has more professional developers working on it to fix those holes plus a larger user base to find them.

Both Puppy and Mint have user forums for help.

And Mint has more people in those forums, which makes it more likely you’ll actually find an answer to the question you want to ask because someone else already asked it and answered it.

You’ve got an answer for everything.

You can go frolic with your Puppy Linux, but Mint is a more mature pleasure.

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What do you think of Manjaro Linux vs Linux Mint?

Manjaro is grossly inadequate compared to Linux Mint in terms of IT security.

I’ve heard that Manjaro is insecure, but that was more because they were rarely used.

Manjaro traded security for stability, though I wouldn’t consider taking forever to roll out security patches a form of stability. It is like saying we don’t bother adding to the protective wall for the sake of stability while you see people building an attack ramp.

Wouldn’t that be just a ramp?

Doesn’t matter – slow to make changes means slow to take defensive action.

Whereas Mint is relatively new.

Mint may be new, but it is based on a combination of Ubuntu and Debian.

Debian I’d understand is secure, since you practically have to be a sys admin to install it. Ubuntu I’m not sure I would.

Ubuntu even before it entered a commercial agreement with Amazon was more secure than Manjaro.

What about operating system user interfaces?

I know Unity was annoying, but you can port other user interfaces on top of it.

They don’t support those other UI.

You can put other user interfaces over Manjaro, but the underlying flaws are still there.

But they do get security fixes out there.

Manjaro only has a few people working on it. A fix for one code repository, say from KDE or Cinnamon, doesn’t mean they have a simultaneous fix for XCFE.

OK, that’s annoying.

It should be unappealing in an operating system. Imagine if Windows said they had a patch but it might not be for your system, and then waiting just as long for your particular OS version.

So you think I ought to go with Mint.

Just from a security side, yes. And then there’s the general functionality and tool set.

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Which Linux Mint Version is the Best?

Almost any Mint version is better than Ubuntu, given how many people hate the Unity desktop.

What about Mint’s versions?

Mint’s Mate version is more stable and works on a wider range of hardware.
Mint Cinnamon is sometimes considered to have a sweeter user interface.

What’s another difference between the two?

Linux Mate is a classic design with a light weight infrastructure. Cinnamon has more features, more graphics and more resource usage.

I’ve heard complaints about them.

Linux Mint Cinnamon has problems with Steam, but has more support for multi-media files problems.

I thought there were Mint versions with numbers and names.

The Mint standard version with whatever the latest sequence number is the simplest option. Use the hassle free environment to get used to the OS, and you can update the UI later.

Maya, Mint version 13, is supported through 2017.

There’s a Mint 15, too. But I do like the fact that Mint supports its OS versions for years, unlike Fedora where they abandon it as soon as they have it fixed.

What’s the latest and greatest version?

Mint 17 is supported through 2019. They give those packages really weird names, like 16 being saucy, 15 being raring, 17 being trusty, along with a feminine name.

Version 13 was Maya and Ubuntu Precise.

At least the female names are kind of like the naming convention for hurricanes.

It sounds like Mint has a lot of compatible versions to choose from. And I can always put in virtualbox and test drive other distributions.

It’s way better than Fedora. Mint has stable editions they roll out and then support it for years.

Fedora has a 12 month distribution cycle, and they release buggy versions and call them enhancements.

Which is why Mint is regularly landing top on the distribution watch lists.

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Why is Linux Mint More Popular than Ubuntu?

It is faster, for one.

All versions of Linux are faster than competitors like Windows.

Ubuntu made a Windows level mistake by instituting the Unity desktop environment that its people hate. And then they tied in Amazon ads that people abhorred.

I get enough ads for Microsoft with all the updates and MSN home page for IE.

It is worse for Ubuntu Linux, because you expect Microsoft ads with Microsoft products. Linux users don’t.

Mint I think is the only non-commercial version of the OS left. But I don’t think that’s the only thing that makes it more popular.

Mint prevented OS bloat, whereas Ubuntu added more features. You can run Mint on your PC as the desktop environment, keeping it as fast as it was several years before.

I can see the attraction of upgrading the OS instead of upgrading the hardware. It’s free.

Another attraction of Mint is the lack of bloated software, such as bloated applications it comes with to bloated applications it prefers to offer for installation.

So Ubuntu got fat and lazy.

Or their developers got lazy and Ubuntu got fat. And Mint’s developers avoided the rush to PCs that look like tablets, and users rewarded them with making it the most popular distribution of 2013.

And I’ve heard it keeps the customization of Linux that people like.

Cinnamon added back the customization of the desktop environment users like; who cares about the ability to alter system behavior if you can’t change how it looks when you first log on?

People like being able to change the way the screen looks, hence the popularity and now mandatory Cascading Style Sheets in HTML5.

And then there’s the attraction of a simple OS version name that you don’t have to explain every time you say it.

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Why is Linux Mint so Popular?

Its name is easier to pronounce than Ubuntu, and no one asks what it means.

Ubuntu came first. That gave it a larger user community.

Mint is perhaps the last non-commercial version of Linux, looking like a desktop environment and without software limitations driven by corporate preferences.

This is Linux, not Windows or Apple. There isn’t paid placement of software selection.

Another reason Mint is popular is its similarity to Windows.

And given Windows demanding you pay a fortune to do a painful upgrade to Windows 7 or install the terrible Windows 8, I understand why its user base is inflated by Windows refugees.

Mint has a lot of out of the box tools that are flexible, letting you use almost any file type.

AKA, migrate your Windows files to it and still be able to open and manipulate them.

Mint grew in popularity when its original version was actually improved upon based on people’s reviews and comments.

In contrast, Apple does what it thinks is cool and expects cool kids to go along.

And then there’s the fact that Ubuntu’s Unity desktop had such a negative reaction that a lot of Ubuntu Linux fans switched to Mint.

There’s a big trend to go look like tablet computers.

And Mint is proof that people don’t necessarily like trends in the IT world.

Mint certainly is one.

Mint beat out Ubuntu as the most popular Linux distribution in the last quarter of 2013, actually reaching the number one slot on DistroWatch.

Only Linux geeks keep stats on whose distribution is most popular.

No, because there are plenty of people who watch iTunes and Apple App Store sales rankings. And software sales in general.

Didn’t Ubuntu have trouble with iTunes?

Yes, it didn’t work on the Ubuntu Linux version in 2013. You’d think Ubuntu realized how many people used it, but didn’t bother, something I’d expect Microsoft to do.

Which is why sales, for Microsoft, are going down.

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