Linux Mint

Melanie Gross
Jul 2, 2009
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Linux, Linux Mint

When Linux Mint was originally launched, it was a version of Ubuntu that offered integrated media codecs. Founded and developed by Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint boasts as one of the most user friendly and reliable distributions that can be found in the market. Lefebvre started out as just another Linux user in 1996. As he became more experienced in the usage of Linux he felt he wanted to give back to the Linux community which led to the development of Linux Mint. The idea came from a mixture of different Linux distros that he got from what he calls "distro-hopping" which is basically trying out different Linux distributions. "I enjoyed many different distributions and for different reasons," says Lefebvre. Linux Mint is a mixture of many different popular features in varied distros in Linux.

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Features of Linux Mint

The features that Linux Mint boasts of are as follows:

  • Custom desktop and menus
  • Several unique configuration tools
  • Web based package installation interface
  • Several different editions to fit individual user needs

Because of these features, many users have found this Linux distribution among the easiest to use Linux distros.

Linux Mint also has WiFi cards driver in the file system, multimedia support and screen resolution features which focus on allowing things to work outside the box. Users are not limited to working just within the box when they have this system, which is a testament to the operating system's reliability.

There are a collection of packages and software that users can get from the distribution that make it quite compatible. The system also uses the Ubuntu repositories. Ubuntu is known for having one of the easiest to use package manager systems, making Linux Mint even easier to use.

Linux Mint is available in ISO images which can be used to create Live CDs and Live USBs. As is is Free software, it can legally be handed out to friends, relatives, etc.

Linux Mint Editions

As already mentioned, there are several different versions of this operating system. These include the main version which is GNOME, x86-32, the 64-bit Edition, the Universal version, and a handful of community editions.

Some of the configuration tools that can be found on the system are MintInstall, MintUpdate, MintDesktop, MintConfig, MintAssistant, MintUpload, MintSpace, MintMenu, MintWifi, MintNanny, MintMake and MintWelcome. These help users perform most of the functions that they expect to have with the OS.


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  1. Lance Thunder said on May 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm


    Funny… I’m not a programmer or a techsavy geek at all and I installed Linux Mint 10 with all sorts of packages, custom partition settings, docens of windowmanagers, compiz eye candy and even using level 5 updates without a single thing breaking for over a year and a half…

    Makes me wonder if I’m naturally a genious, linux mint is sooo easy and stable or you are just not that good at all with PCs…

    1. Acidsikeo said on July 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

      Or perhaps your just pathological and named after a medical procedure. If what you say is true (I highly doubt it,) then you have been lucky………… far.

  2. Acidsikeo said on November 15, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Do not use Mint. Very disappointing garbage. I used it on my laptop for about 3 months. It kept breaking, I kept fixing. Bad wrapping. I’ve been using another distro since, and have no more problems.

    1. ZeroEffort said on March 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      What distro are you using now?

  3. Anonymous said on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    does it work with windows dos games

  4. vader said on July 7, 2009 at 8:38 am

    mint is the best
    tks Lefebvre

  5. Sarang Dravid said on July 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

    It was a wonderful post Melanie !!
    but just to put in your notice.. !! The latest version out from Linux Mint is Linux Mint7 codename “GLORIA” and it is based on UBUNTU 9.O4 !!
    around a month back, I purposely posted an article over the same !!
    U could check it >> !!

    there are many great features out in linux mint7 !! I figured some of my favorites.. May be you people would love to figure more out :)

  6. Genisis said on July 3, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Im switching from Ubuntu to Mint. Mint is beautiful and very easy to use with no problems at all.

  7. mividaendigital said on July 3, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I installed this distro in my sisters computer. She is 14 and not tech savy. She has managed to use it without problems for 1 month+.

  8. yogi said on July 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    For some reason I managed to install and use this distro easily on my pc, while ubuntu gave me a lot of trouble.

  9. Dotan Cohen said on July 2, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Mint is great, I install it when people’s hardware has trouble with Kubuntu or for those who don’t like KDE.

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