Linux Mint 13 RC

As I have previously stated, I have moved away from Ubuntu as my distro of choice, primarily because of their choice to replace Gnome 2 with the Unity desktop and the direction the Gnome Foundation is taking Gnome 3. I tried a couple of different alternatives and I finally settled on Linux Mint and I have been using version 12 for 3 or 4 months now. Linux Mint is a Ubuntu derivative and so its new version follows the Ubuntu releases by a month or 2. Well, this week Linux Mint 13 Release Candidate has been released. Normally, I’d wait for the final, but it is time to upgrade my server which is still running Ubuntu 10.04, the previous Long Term Support release. So I would like to update my server as soon as the Linux Mint 13 final has been released and that means I need to be a head of the game.

So this morning I installed the latest RC release. I have installed Linux so often on so many machines, reinstalling is fairly trivial to me now. For the record, installing Windows is just as trivial to me. I have a couple of scripts that automate all the tedious things that must be done on a fresh install, like running updates, installing software I use and removing things I don’t need. My only complaint at this point is the installer wanted to download and install a bunch of language packages that I did not really need and the download was taking way to long. So I restarted the install and this time, did not connect to the Internet until after the system was installed. Once in, I ran three scripts, while I watched an episode of NCIS on my TiVo, I then spent a few minutes adjusting my desktop and that was it. So far no complaints, everything went smooth.

The only real question left is should I buy a new computer to replace my server. It has been in service for 3 years and it was used when I got it. The problem wih computers is the older it gets the more likely it is to fail and I would much rather be a head rather than behind that curve. I am thinking maybe a $299 Dell will suffice just fine. For a server I do not need Nvidia video or more than 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is bigger than the one I am using now. Well, anyway, not today, maybe I will order it so it arrives while I am on vacation, I don’t know.

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