I finally got around to updating my Linux OS to Linux Mint 14. I decided on the clean desktop environment of Cinnamon in the end. There is a choice of environments but as I did not plan to muck around too much with the eye candy, this seemed to be the best choice.
A few weblinks that may be of interest…
http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-linux-mint-12-lisa - Although this is a guide of installation for 12, it is very similar and does give you some idea on how it is possible to use Mint as an every day OS.
A lot of my regular packages (programs) are installed out of the box with Mint so the OS was fully up and running within an hour or two.
- Install OS
- Update Sources and Packages.
- Install AVCONV and X264
- Install Chromium
- Install SMplayer
- Install Dropbox for Nemo (Nemo is the file manager)
- Install Gimp Animated Package (allows for Video frame input export from within GIMP)
There are a few other packages that I will realise are missing as I go but all in all, the move over was pretty painless!