Installation and First Run: Mint 12

Taking a first look at Mint 12.

Mint, now the most popular Linux distro that according to DistroWatch, has received a facelift with the release of Mint 12.

Check put the Mint 12 Installation and First Run image gallery!

Given the interest in Mint, I'm going to be taking the new release for a spin over the coming days and weeks, but for now let me whet you appetite for this new distro with a quick look at the installation process and the first run of the OS.

My previous Linux distro of choice has been Ubuntu. I like Ubuntu because it always seemed to me like it was the distro for the masses. But the problem with anything that tries to please everyone, is that it ends up pleasing no one. But I have to admit that after just a few hours of using Mint, I think that I might be a convert.

Here are some thoughts on the Mint 12:

  • Installation process was overall fast, easy and pain-free.
  • If you're used to installing other Linux distros (such as Ubuntu), the install process will look very familiar.
  • Stuff like this is a little rough and ugly.
  • I like the new drivers popup ... nice touch!
  • I like the install-time slideshow that guides you through many of the features of the distro. Note: If you want to check out this slideshow, here are the images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
  • The OS is snappy and responsive, even on low-end hardware.
  • I like the color scheme, brighter and easier on the eye than Ubuntu's ... earthy ... colors.
  • The MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) is a bit of a surprise initially, but it's a cool way of discovering what's on your system. Yes, it's cliche and nothing that you won't find elsewhere (feels to me like an interesting hybrid of Windows combined with iOS) but it's still well thought-out and put together nicely.
  • Was a bit surprised that I had to pull in 95MB of updates given that this was only released the other day ... but such is life nowadays.

If you're interested in taking Mint 12 for a spin, you can download it here. You can take the .ISO file you've downloaded and burn it onto a DVD (use a tool like ImgBurn to burn it to a disc) so you can run the OS on your PC without overwriting you existing OS

I'll give you more of my thoughts on Mint 12 as I use the OS more over the coming days.