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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 417

"Every month or two" is a myth. Update Pack 6 is LMDE 201303, Update Pack 7 was released in September and we haven't seen an update since.

Ubuntu became crap, ok, ish ;-), IMHO for making a couple of very unfortunate decisions, you mention some of them. I ran it on a number of systems for years, now I have to fiddle a little more since I am back on Debian. In the end, choice is good.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 417

by bankman (#46045525) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

"Every once in a while" as in every other month. I have seen no security updates whatsoever in between the update packages.

If they really customised the Ubuntu installer, did they have to rip out essential functionality?

Debian is apparently not for you and Ubuntu is crap, no doubt.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 417

by bankman (#45980313) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

I don't do that much fiddling on LMDE, but a system for which security updates are released every once in a while is completely unacceptable. They should just call it quits. And again, what is it with the installer? What is wrong with taking/forking/whatever a very good, capable and mature installer (I am talking about debian now... ;-)) and customise it to include the mint specific stuff?

Thing is, I really like the Mint desktop stuff, but the distros are so far a joke unfortunately.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 417

by bankman (#45975951) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

It's often easier to do a full save, a fresh install, and then restore whatever you need. My Linux Mint upgrades take about a day of work to get everything back to where I want it.

Dear Mint users, please stop calling it an upgrade when in fact you're doing a complete reinstall of the OS. I know that this idiocy is coming from the project's website ("In a "fresh" upgrade you use the liveCD of the new release to perform a new installation and to overwrite your existing partitions."), but that doesn't mean you have to use it outside the linuxmint forums.
It's only easier in case you don't use full disk encryption, which the installer still doesn't support. Why the project decided to write an installler from scratch I will never understand, and don't get me started on LMDE... ;-)

Comment: Re:The summary is utter crap. (Score 3, Insightful) 324

by bankman (#45682945) Attached to: Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

You may be right, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this should have been a feature from the very beginning and that its removal is not a step in the right direction from the user perspective.

Oh, and yes, I don't use this OS (or any other smartphone for that matter) for precisely this reason, I can't properly contain and manage the installed software on a very privacy sensitive device.

Comment: Re:In place upgrades still unsupported? (Score 1) 134

by bankman (#43761555) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out

You're supposed to use the backup utility to save your data and package choices, then do a clean reinstall and re-run the backup utility to restore everything.

Yes, that's what the Mint team tells you and that's because according to them, dist-upgrade is not reliable. I find this rather strange because it worked reliably on Debian and Ubuntu for me for a long time and I guess it's because the Mint team broke something. That's rather unfortunate because I like the system very much.

The other big flaw is the lack of lvm encryption in the installer. Workarounds exist, but this is basic stuff and should have been implemented a long time ago.

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