I have just installed the Linux Mint 14 distribution and it is very good indeed. A perfect desktop OS.

Linux Mint 14 MATE desktop version.

Linux Mint 14 MATE desktop version.

I have just installed the Linux Mint 14 distribution to replace the execrable Ubuntu distribution that is not the best solution when you want to experiment with dual monitors and other things that do not work at all on Ubuntu. Mint 14 comes with Me TV 1.3.7 available in the repositories. This works better than the new client-server system in the new 2.0.1 release that is a bit hit and miss regarding the workings of that DVB-T application. Firefox 17.0.1 is included and LibreOffice (Build ID: 360m1(Build:2)). I had to type the command below to update the repository information and install pending updates.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

And then I had to install the ATI drivers with this command.

sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle

After re-booting; I was presented with a very fast and smooth MATE desktop that works perfectly as a day-to-day desktop environment that is a good alternative to the more feature heavy desktops like Cinnamon and Gnome 3. Both of these are available on Linux Mint 14 if you wish; but the MATE desktop is perfectly suitable as a work desktop. You are free to drag icons to the panels for quick access and rearrange the desktop however you wish. I have the Chromium browser installed; use the sudo apt-get install chromium-browser to install this fast and reliable web browser. Ubuntu is rolling out instant sales from the Dash; this is quite a controversial move by Canonical. At least Mint is still a free and open distribution. There is a tutorial here: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1148. This explains how to install Compiz in the Linux Mint 14 MATE distribution.