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22Aug/096

Linux Mint 7 Gloria

Posted by Avinash Meetoo

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I have been using Linux for ten years now and like most of you I like to try different distributions. A few months ago I discovered Linux Mint while browsing on DistroWatch. I was surprised to see that Linux Mint was really popular (I think it was 4th at that time) and just now it's the 3rd most popular Linux distribution...

Linux Mint, which is at version 7 now, is based on Ubuntu which itself is built on Debian. So we're in excellent company here.

These are the things in Linux Mint that I really like:

  • Linux Mint contain codecs for most of the media files (audio / video) found on the Internet out of the box.
  • The user interface is gorgeous and really feels like something that has been designed by someone who really knows about user interaction. For example, Mint has a menu (pictured above) which contains selected applications (favourites) and which is 100% customisable. It's much better (IMHO) than the default Gnome menu.
  • There is an application which shows all software available in Linux Mint with screenshots. What is great is that this list can be sorted by popularity. It's a great way to discover open source applications which are used by a lot of people and which you don't personally know about.
  • Compiz (as well as the proprietary Nvidia driver in my case) is preinstalled and is sensibly configured: not a lot of eye candy but, instead, a pragmatic choice of settings to make Gnome more usable.
  • aptitude! I love anything .deb-based.

I'm really impressed by Linux Mint. This is the only distribution I use at home. At work I use CentOS Linux because, well, it is great for a business environment. But I might replace CentOS on my own computer there with Linux Mint. Just don't tell anyone.

9Aug/097

Grub 2

Posted by Dominique Derrier

Dans la série je ne sais pas quoi faire le week-end, j'ai testé pour vous Grub2. Pour ceux qui ne savent pas, c'est le petit soft qui permet de démarrer votre machine, le mystérieux boot loader qui n'a rien d'effrayant. La version 2 permet d'avoir quelques fonctions gadgets histoire d'épater vos amis.

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1Aug/094

Copier des Flv

Posted by Dominique Derrier

engrenageVoici une astuce pour pouvoir sauvegarder les videos en Flash que vous consultez depuis votre ffox sur votre machine.
Le player Flash crée un fichier temporaire pour la lecture.

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