Fedora 18 is finally out after much trouble with bugs and stuff and after trying it this morning I had more trouble with the final than the Beta that I was trying out the past couple of weeks. I’m sorry Fedora people but I can honestly say “don’t rush things out just to keep people happy, get it as near as perfect as you can’. I was not happy having wasted my morning because stuff didn’t want to install (skype).
So I decided to try some MINTY goodness, I have a disk which came with Linux Format with Mint14, one version with Mate and one with cinnamon. I have installed the one with Mate, it kind of looks like KDE so I feel very at home BUT, lots of differences. The app launcher is different and I really like it.
I also found the software centre well thought out, but skype doesn’t install so installed the version from the skype web site. It installed with no problem although there was a message saying about the version in the repos, but it also reported that it was an older version. Thats the trouble with repositories, the apps sometimes don’t get updated straight away.
I also installed nightingale, again no problem. I didn’t bother the PPA but direct from the website. So far it works fine but its likely that I will have to reinstall soon when the next version is released.
Another thing that I like is that I can easily connect to the Seagate Hard drive over WiFi in the other room. I am going to have to figure this out on my Fedora machine. I also installed Audacity so that I can digitize my vinyl, I will be testing this as well at a later date when I have time.
With this change in distro I am not dropping Fedora, I still prefer that but at the moment its Mint 14 on the laptop for a while. At least till F18 gets sorted out. In the mean time I am going to enjoy the change.