Linux Mint is the best Operating System available today

This distribution of Linux is the best setup available today for the desktop.

Since Mint is based on Ubuntu or Debian depending on your choice, the installation and setup is simple and easy. You can even install it while running in live mode or from inside Windows using Ubuntu’s wubi installer.

Where Ubuntu and Fedora have recently shunned almost everyone with their new half-developed unity desktop, this distro shines through. I really enjoy the LXDE environment over Gnome, but the choice is yours to pick and choose what you like to use.

Choice is one of many reasons why I really like this distribution over the other popular flavours right now.

I share the same dissatisfaction for Unity and Gnome 3 with most of the community. While this is the main reason for jumping ship and crashing the party, there are some really simple things I like, like Dropbox.

You dont have to go and download it to start using it, its right there in the start menu. But not installed yet so its not taking up space. This is one of the many reasons why maintaining compatibility with Ubuntu is a good thing. Click on it to start it, and tells you it needs to download. One more click and you’re off.

Once its done, just log in with your account or make a new one, and thats it. I wish all services worked that well.

I think Microsoft is heading in the right direction with swipe gestures for unlocking the desktop, but I hope they take a hint from the recent Gnome debacle and make it configurable. I want the option to jump right into desktop mode without having to bother with metro at all if that’s what I like. For desktop users, forcing you to use metro will be a deal breaker. Remember how bad ME and Vista were?

The sad part is Microsoft doesn’t have a history of giving you much choice in anything and their track record for anything mobile is horrible.

But enough about Windows, especially since is not even available yet. Mint is the choice for desktops today. From the simple, straightforward installer to the fact that everything just works the way it should, it picks up where Ubuntu fails.

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux Mint

I used to like Ubuntu, before they simultaneously dumbed down the user interface and complicated the administration. The current direction of Ubuntu and Fedora is just plain bad, but that’s a story for another day. Let’s look at our wonderful Ubuntu replacement, Linux Mint.
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When installing Mint, you get a choice of desktop environments. LXDE is fast, lightweight, and uses GTK, which I’m already very familiar with. It’s not bloated like Gnome. It’s everything Gnome wishes it was. If you use Gnome, stop right now and do yourself a favor, install LXDE. Even if you’re hooked on another distribution, there are usually alternative versions available such as Fedora’s LXDE spin. Or just go through package installation of .deb or .rpm files using your favorite package manager. You’ll never look back.

The only problem i’ve had with LXDE and Mint is that running as a guest in VirtualBox, the guest additions will not install properly. I tried mounting the additions from the host and installing them, no dice. I tried installing from the software repositories using the aptitude update manager, no dice.

After attempting an installation from either method, open a terminal and go to the source directory that you just installed. Run make and make install. Voila! Now restart the guest and enjoy the seamless mouse and keyboard integration.

So it didn’t work out of the box for me, but a quick recompile did the trick. No moving around files or manipulating configurations are necessary, just recompile for the running kernel and you’re in business.