I recieved my new laptop from work yesterday. I did not have time to install Linux the first day. This was basically because I wanted to resize the pre-installed Vista partition, but the built in limitations in Vista prevented me from shrinking it to a wanted size.
I ended up reinstalling Vista and learn to find may way around. To the best of my knowledge, being a full-time Linux convert for two years, I must say that Vista suprised me. It is actually quite nice. The Sleep functionality is very good. The GUI is a big leap from XP, but the seeing the old icons from the Win95 days in the administrative windows was a real turn-off. All in all – I might just keep my Vista for connecting via Citrix to work. I have been able to do this on my Debian installation, but some keys are not functioning correctly.
SO – Linux – which distro to choose from… Mint 7 was on the dvd from LXF127 with the VERY COOL ECO-DISC. You can actually bend the dvd 180 degrees! Awesome! So I ended up installing Mint for the first time. I have noticed the increased popularity on Distrowatch for the last year, but I have ignored it. Mostly because I did not understand how a spinoff of the most popular linux distro of all time (Debian) could result in the currently most populare distro (Ubuntu) which again has resulted in the currently fifth most populare distro (Mint).
But to my surprise – it is actually quite nice! It is basically Ubuntu in a new look. The webpage is different too, with is glowing green color. But a second look inspired me – this may actually become the best alternative to future Windows converts!
On my new Dell Latitude E5400 everything worked out of the box. I had some flickering with X when loging out, but that’s not a big deal. Kudos to the team behind Mint!
I don’t know if it’ll remain my default distro, but maybe the GTD distro. I really like Slitaz and I’m beginning to fall in love with Arch. So time will show.