Linux Mint 5 (Elyssa)
Linux Mint 5 (Elyssa) Facts:
- Linux Mint is the project created by Clement Lefebvre.
- Linux Mint started out as a fork of Ubuntu
- Linux Mint has the slogan "from freedom came elegance" and is often touted as "Ubuntu done right"
- Linux Mint has several versions: KDE, Fluxbox, Lite, Xfce and a Debian testing version. All versions are closely related and maintained by members of the Linux Mint community
What I liked:
- First of all, Wow on the new artwork! There is a new, talented Linux Mint user named "Jernau" out there who made the default artwork; it just has that perfect look, polished and elegant..minty! There are all new wallpapers which is a nice change
- MintMenu improvements include a greatly lessened memory usage and an uninstall (apps) feature on right-click, as well as the option to open as root (not recommended but nice to know you can)
- Mint Install now comes with the options to install .deb (Debian) and APT (Aptitude) packages right from the mintInstall
- Opening applications or working in root is less dangerous with the addition of Xfe, a file browser with a completely different look than Nautilus, so you won't forget you are working in root
- There is a simple Compiz-Fusion settings manager for lovers of the Cube! It is now easier than ever to wobble your windows to your heart's content
- Firefox 3, with its slightly reduced memory usage is included; Rhythmbox and Brasero replaced Soundjuicer and Serpentine and Transmission is now the torrent client.
- The WildMint theme (that Windows-blue border ack!)
- That's pretty much it
I absolutely loved the improvements made from Linux Mint 4-Daryna to Linux Mint 5-Elyssa (even the name is better!) Everything had that Minty elegant look and the best Mint features were all improved. This is the OS I have installed on my computer currently. I imagine it will stay that way until Linux Mint 6. I give this distro an A for looks and an A for performance and performance-related improvements.