Linux Mint

The first distro of Linux I tried out was Mint Linux

Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu that strives to be a “modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.” Linux Mint provides full out-of-the-box multimedia support by including some proprietary software and comes bundled with a variety of free and open-source applications. Its motto is “from freedom came elegance.”

I chose Mint first because from previous experience, it was closest to the Mac OS X desktop. It uses the Cinnamon user interface which is clean, well designed and familiar. It comes with all the useful applications within the installation and offers and, for ease, has some proprietary support for mp3 and flash among other things, making it immediately usable.

I enjoyed using Mint and would have served well on the iBook, were it not for a couple of issues, the main one being that the PowerPC version of Mint was hosted on a site that had been hacked or similar and it’s most recent post says this has been rectified but this was a few years ago. It’s not too clear, if this version is being developed or not, unlike some of the other distributions. The second reason for not progressing with Mint is that, despite the PPC support, it does feel a little resource heavy and on a G3, that’s really going to show.

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