Linux Mint 11 Saves the Day September 19, 2011Posted by rm42 in Computers, Linux.
A friend of mine brought me his computer for fixing, a Compaq Presario with XP Home. It was in a reboot loop. I told him about Linux, and all its advantages, and he agreed to try it. I grabbed my PCLinuxOS CD and installed it in a matter minutes. Everything was working, but something about that particular hardware was not sitting well with it. It kept freezing. This is the first time I see this, as all other machines I have installed it on have been very stable. My guess is that it has to do with the graphics. The machine has and old built-in Intel graphics adapter. I did not have a proper graphics card laying around to give him, so I figured I wouldn’t fight it.
I went online and downloaded Linux Mint 11 (Gnome).
I was disappointed only by one thing, my Belkin USB wireless card would not connect to my network. A quick search online showed that several other people had the same problem and I could not find any with a working solution. I was in a hurry, so I just picked up the box and placed it next to the router in order to connect it with a network cable. Everything else was rather smooth.
I like the look of Mint. I certainly give it props on the looks department. The “Software Manager” is well designed and newbie friendly.
I was a bit disconcerted by the fact that all users have permissions to access other users home areas. But, since it was not for me, I left it alone.
I didn’t get a chance to test it thoroughly, but it seems to be a very nice distro. (I’ll try to play with it a bit more latter.) PCLinuxOS handles my Belkin USB wireless completely out of the box. So, it is too bad that Mint didn’t. But it is too bad that PCLOS had such trouble with that particular hardware. I didn’t spend the time needed to get to the bottom of it. But, I guess the lesson is that if one distro is giving you trouble, go ahead and try a different one. Use what works.