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Running Ubuntu and other Linux flavors on an SSD

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

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Ubuntu 12.04 running on SSD OCZ Agility 3 SATA IIIThere are some guides on the internet with tweaks on how to make your solid-state drive (SSD) run faster or last longer in Linux. While researching how to optimize my box to run on a dual approach (SSD for the operating system and SATA for data), I could not find all the information I needed in one single article.

Here is a guide I put together based on my experiences; it is also some kind of check list for my future installations, e.g. in case of SSD crash, which has already happened to me. Since SSDs work so much differently than HDDs, it’s important to make some optimization in Ubuntu for them. SSDs are much faster than HDDs, but have a limited number of writes before they wear out. This makes balancing performance with the life of your SSD also a big concern for how you tune your system. Read more…

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Linux Mint 12 released – Download now

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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The much-awaited Linux Mint 12, code name “Lisa”, has been released:

  • The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 12 ‘Lisa’.
  • Linux Mint 12 comes with a brand new desktop, built with GNOME 3 and MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extensions), a desktop layer on top of GNOME 3 that makes it possible for you to use GNOME 3 in a traditional way.
  • You can disable all components within MGSE to get a pure GNOME 3 experience, or you can enable all of them to get a GNOME 3 desktop that is similar to what you’ve been using before.
  •  Of course you can also pick and only enable the components you like to design your own desktop.
  • The main features in MGSE are: the bottom panel, the application menu, the window list, a task-centric desktop (i.e. you switch between windows, not applications), visible system tray icons.
  • MGSE also includes additional extensions such as a media player indicator, and multiple enhancements to GNOME 3.

Read the release announcement and visit the what’s new page for further information.

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Linux Mint 12 Preview

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

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Repost from Clement Lefebvre on Linux Mint website:

I would like to apologize to the community, the media, and the journalists who wrote to us to know more about our upcoming release. We’ve been extremely secretive and 3 weeks past the Ubuntu release it’s still unclear for most people exactly what the next Linux Mint will look like. The reason we’ve been so silent is because we didn’t want to promise something we could not guarantee. Today we’re finally ready to give you an in-depth preview of Linux Mint 12, codename “Lisa”. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I look forward to reading your feedback.

Gnome 2 vs new desktops

In Linux Mint 11 we made the decision to keep Gnome 2.32. The traditional Gnome desktop, although it’s not actively developed by the Gnome development team anymore, is still by far the most popular desktop within the Linux community. As other distributions adopted new desktops such as Unity and Gnome 3, many users felt alienated and consequently migrated to Linux Mint. We recorded a 40% increase in a single month and we’re now quickly catching up with Ubuntu for the number #1 spot within the Linux desktop market. Read more…

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