Oh god what happened‽ The super colorful icons, ugh! I really liked how Peppermint 6 looked so now I was worried before even getting it installed. After getting it installed everything ran fine but I couldn’t get over the theme. I played with the theme and icons and got it to a look I could deal with. Once cleaned up it was back to a distro I could deal with but there was nothing about it that made it stick. There is nothing that sells it for me over Xubuntu or LinuxMint XFCE. Yes it has some distro specific programs but they are not anything I use. Also it is built on Ubuntu LTS releases so it will end up quite out-of-date before the next version comes out (an issue it share with LinuxMint). Is it a bad distro? No. Is it good enough that I want to throw it on some physical hardware and keep using it? No. With this in mind it comes off as just another middle of the road Ubuntu spin.
Month: July 2016
Budgie is an interesting UI. It is miles better than Gnome or Unity and more shiny than Cinnamon. I looked at the 15.11 release and it was very flaky but there was something about the UI that caught my attention. Looking at 16.06.1, it is definitely running better than the 15.11 release. It lacks the configurability of most DEs but it is young and will improve over time. It also seems to be less resource hungry than Gnome or KDE while at the same time keeping a modern feel. Definitely will continue to keep an eye on it.
I fired this up and was a little disappointed because the Cinnamon version came with a nice dark theme and this one came with a grey theme. Well a quick switch to the Mint-Y Dark theme and its looks absolutely great. I also ran into some issues while editing the MATE panel. After some testing and accidentally blowing out the whole panel I was able to get everything working the way I wanted. While the default LinuxMint MATE setup is not for me, a little bit of tweaking turned it into an absolutely great setup that I plan to continue using. The only issue I have is that LinuxMint versions are only based on Ubuntu LTS releases. While this is good for stability, after a year it starts feeling outdated and you will run into some newer hardware that doesn’t work correctly. Yes I know there are ways around this but the point on LinuxMint is simplicity.
Every now and then I’m looking around my gear and find an old VM I’d forgotten about. This is one of them. This goes back a couple versions to when Bohdi was still using Enlightenment. Enlightenment is a DE that I’ve been watching for many years. It always seems like it is inches from being great but in the end lets me down. That remains true here. Enlightenment looks decent and is light on resources but does not seem to flow with the way I work. I guess I’ll just have to keep believing that one day Enlightenment will sync up with me.
It got Cinnamon 3 before LinuxMint, nice! When Cinnamon first came out it almost immediately became my DE of choice. Since then XFCE has stepped up and became just as good but less resource intensive. Besides getting the new version of Cinnamon, this distro now has yaourt installed by default. This is not a big deal but it eliminates a step I need to take when setting it up which makes me happy. The only thing I would change is the default wallpaper. Cinnamon is one of the few Manjaro spins that doesn’t follow the green scheme so it feels slightly off. With LinuxMint sticking to Ubuntu’s LTS releases, if I was looking for a distro that ran Cinnamon this would be my pick.
I’ve ran into an issue where when I add Manjaro to Multisystem it overwrites the existing Manjaro distro on the drive. This is because it always creates a folder called “manjaro”. To get around this we need to change some names. First add the distro to the drive. Rename the manjaro folder to something else. Since I was using LXQt I changed the folder name to “manjaro-lxqt”. After doing this you need to update the references to the folder in the grub.cfg. Since it adds an entry for free and nonfree there are 6 spots that need updated total. The entry below is the nonfree entry and the red text is where I updated the path.
linux /manjaro-lxqt/boot/x86_64/manjaro misobasedir=manjaro-lxqt misolabel=MULTISYSTEM nouveau.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=0 nonfree=yes logo.nologo overlay=nonfree quiet splash showopts
After updating grub.cfg, update grub then you can add the next Manjaro spin. It will also create a folder called “manjaro”. You can continue adding versions as long as you update folder names and references to them. I typically rename even the last one I add just incase I want to add another one down the road.