Thoughts on Linux Mint 18.3 – Linux distro review

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“The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:
It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
It’s both free of cost and open source.
It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to…


  1. Chris: I agree with all your remarks about Mint Mate's good points.
    However, I have found two disappointing downsides, which are possibly only affect a few users.
    First: I am visually disabled, and the removal of many of the theme customisations makes it very much more tiring and painful to use.
    Second: I have an internet connexion that is little better than a piece of wet string between me and the server. The update manager does not handle this well.
    These are, as I said, issues that affect a minority.

  2. I own an old laptop Lenovo Thinkpad T510 currently running windows 10 perfectly but I'm thinking to try other OS I've tried Chrome OS and Phoenix OS and both were just OK but they lack some major things so I switched back to windows 10. What other OS are out there which will work better on my laptop?

    Core i5 520m
    4gb ddr3 Ram
    250gb HDD
    Intel HD

  3. Is it possible to delete unused software from this edition or Linux editions in general once it’s clear your never going to use it?
    In which case starting with an allegedly ‘bloated’ edition and streamlining it later might be good?

  4. I am new and trying to get into linux. I am a programmer, have been for a while, what is a good starting linux distro for programming and software development. I hear a lot of people screaming debian and others saying Ubuntu/ mint.

  5. Out of scope… I know, but isn't it just ridiculous to see all those programs without menu bar?
    Gnome UI trends destroyed linux interfaces. Now half the apps are this way and other half the other, on ALL distros.
    Well done GNOME!!

  6. I love both: Mint and Ubuntu Mate versions and always after trying other distros return to Ubuntu Mate.
    Today I am trying Mint 18.3 and love this fresh install!

  7. Like Mint, but as a relative noobie, Linux Lite is my preference, since 2.0, no issues, albeit, i prefer XFCE. Mint 18 xfce has introduced some minor issues for me. Lite just moves along.

  8. I tested 18.3 for about 4days just to see if it would recognize my video capture devices, which it did not. When I completed my project of transferring sonycam old vids into the digital world My need for wndos ended. I really like 18.2 and found no problems with 18.3 but when my new ssd came in I chose to go with 18.2 for a while longer. Actually I do not like the new firefox so 18.2 still had the older version. I do appreciate "timeshift" and didn't know about it until I upgraded to 18.3. It is now on my 18.2. I do wish there was an easier way to create a ISO of "my machine", but surely someone will do so. Spent two days attempting to make a live usb stick to boot/install my system but lost my patience, and really don't want to learn when having a separate drive is easier. I can still clone on one of my older windows machines easier than linux. Swapping drives takes only minutes and I save all my work to external drives anyway. I am glad to be free of windows while online. My older midi studio is still using XP when Logic sold out to Mac/Apple and the larger/old ISA card slots on new MB's are gone, but it still does what I wanted. That world too seems to be lacking in Linux. If Linux were to come up with what the Logic Gold program can do; midi/audio&video, it would surely piss some people off as every composer would go linux. Just a matter of time, I guess, but it will happen some day. Just got a new camera which Linux recognized immediately and it can be used as a great webcam too with very good results(20mega pixel).
    Still unhappy with how much line noise there is when recording with built in soundcards, but that's not the OS . This will be my next project. The hardware/cards probably exist, I just need to seek them, but be sure that Linux will "see"/know them before I buy. Still learning and was glad to get into the "terminal"………been years since my data processing days. In those days I worked in PL1(bankers language) but we had to use punchcards to run our programs, all sharing the one IBM computer on campus. Wow? Will most likely be back to 18.3 as more comes about. Now I wish I'd switched years ago.

  9. I don't know if it's just me, but the whole gradient grey aesthetic LM uses out of the box makes it look a whole lot more dated than it actually is. I know you can theme the OS to your heart's content but to me it just looks like something from 1998.

  10. Can you do a review of the newest version of Manjaro Gnome, they have themed the entire thing to give a consistant feel and are using an almost identical version of gnome that Canonical uses on Ubuntu.

  11. Gday I installed Mint 18.3 Mate on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 today , it failed to work with HDMI Sound and failed to pickup internal sound card (speakers) …. WIFI worked and main screen + HDMI TV Out worked

  12. Mint continues to do a great job, there is a reason why it is no. 1 on distrowatch. I like seeing how linux is getting better and better every year, it was wasn't this stable a few years ago when I first started using it. A lot of issues has been fixed, we need a stable base first, not fancy features on the top of the old bugs. People behind Mint team are thinking about many important things, LM flavors are definitely one of the most polished linux distros, the devil is really in the details. Cool video Chris

  13. I notice that at 16:43 it offered amd64-microcode drivers, saying "This device is not working". Mine did that when I upgraded to 18.3 today. I have been using it for 4 hours and no problems so far 🙂

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