Why Did I Upgrade Again?

23 06 2009


I upgraded my Linux Mint 6 system to version 7 a few weeks ago.  Why? You know what, I honestly can’t say.

I pointed out in an earlier post that I did a not-so-simple-but-easy-enough upgrade from version 6 to 7.  Since upgrading, I faced an annoying slow graphics issue with my Thinkpad X200 that grew frustrating enough that I almost gave up on Linux (if you’re experiencing similar problems, check out these helpful hints in the Mint or Ubuntu sites).  My opinion on version 7 may be jaded because of this problem, but I couldn’t see anything really new with version 7.  If nothing else, it just made my notebook feel slower!

That experience made me reflect on my actions: why did I upgrade again? Read the rest of this entry »

Upgrading from Mint 6 to 7 (versus a fresh install)

20 06 2009

upgradeWhen I started this experiment with Linux Mint version 6, which is affectionately called “Felicia” by its creators, little did I know that version 7 “Gloria” was just around the corner.   When it was announced that Gloria was released, I did what any well-trained-by-Microsoft/Apple-to-always-update-your-system  computer user would do.  So I upgraded using the instructions here. Read the rest of this entry »

Installation: easy but with snags

16 06 2009

Linux Mint boot splashscreen

Installing from my USB stick using UNetbootin was easy. I won’t be posting a step-by-step guide here because Linux Mint makes it easy enough for you to follow installation instructions. Just like Windows and OS X.

One important thing I will point out that is critical for people who plan to keep, even if at least temporarily, their current operating system is that you will need to go through repartitioning your hard drive.  It’s not a typical procedure most people will know about or even bother with.  For Windows Vista users, instructions can be found here.

Things generally went well but there were hiccups that are worth pointing out.  Why ? Because the everydayperson will be frustrated when they encounter such issues.  Yes, Google and forums help but that takes extra time and effort. Read the rest of this entry »