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Linux Mint is a Linux Debian based Operating System which was developed in order to overcome the shortcomings of Ubuntu. Linux Mint is one of the most famous packages of last year. It will not be wrong to say that Linux Mint is much better than Ubuntu and there are number of reasons and facts for Ubuntu users to switch to Linux Mint.

No need to install

Linux Mint is similar to Ubuntu is many ways because it was basically forked from it. Just download the image and burn it to a disc. Then boot from it. There is no need to install, you can use and enjoy it right out of the box. I assure you you will not be disappointed. You will get the download link at the bottom of this page.

The Linux Mint Menu
The menu has been improved. If you turn on 3D effects, you can view a partly transparent menu. You can also now right-click on an item in the menu to edit it. You also have the option of changing the menu’s default behavior from showing what you looked at last to defaulting to your favorites. You can even right-click items to add them to your desktop and panel. I love the right-clicking features in the menu, it makes it very fast to change items or put them on your panel or desktop.

Windows Installer
This release also marks the return of the Windows Installer (mint4win). I don’t generally run Windows so it’s not much use to me, but I’m glad to see it back for those who wish to use it.

The Windows Installer returns in Linux Mint 9. (Screenshot courtesy of LinuxMint.com)

New Software Manager
The new Software Manager has been built again, from the ground up.

It’s essentially a blend of the Ubuntu Software Center, GNOME App, and the old software manager. The Software Manager interface is highly reminiscent of the Ubuntu Software Center. That’s not really a surprise given that Software Manager uses Webkit.

It features more than 30,000 packages, and you can read user reviews of each application. You can also post your own reviews. Applications are sorted by score, so it’s easy to see the highest rated software.

Software installations will run in the background. You can continue browsing through the Software Manager or shut it down.

The new Software Manager is an excellent addition to Linux Mint 9 (see the software section of the review for more screenshots and commentary).

Use Software Manager to add or remove applications.

No more hunting for Codecs!

Yes Linux Mint will everything(well almost) you throw at it. I played mp3, rmvp, mp4, dat, mkv, ogg etc files right out of the box. I did not need to install any of the codecs manually, it worked right from the Live Disc.

Freedom

As the tagline goes – “With freedom came elegance”, Mint treats you with all the beauty a Linux distro can show and with such wonderful integration. Installation is very easy and even then you can use it right from a Live Disc and run it without installing it on your hard drive. Besides you can say adieu to the countless pesky viruses you had to fight against in your daily life. Have a nice time with Mint and enjoy!

 

Note : KDE and Debian versions are recommended and offer you the best Mint, Xfce is a lighter versions to be used on older machines.

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