The Linux Mint 13 maya distribution is the best release yet of the Linux Mint distribution. I wish though it had a single repository like Ubuntu rather than using a combination of the Linux Mint and Ubuntu repositories. That would make it very easy to upgrade in place rather than having to download the ISO of the next version and upgrade it by installing a whole new release as you have to do at the moment. That would bring it in line with other distributions of Linux such as OpenSUSE and Ubuntu where the aforementioned upgrading in place is possible. Other things about Linux Mint, such as the excellent MATE desktop that emulates the Gnome 2.32.2 desktop is a worthwhile reason to use this over Ubuntu. Linux Mint 13 maya is an LTS or Long Term Service release meaning that support for this release will be long-lasting. Support will be available until April 2017.
Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS release as well as the 12.04 release. After the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the possible release of the Release Preview, this Linux operating system will be very popular to make up for the Metro start menu interface and the many, many features removed from Windows 8, the Linux Mint Cinnamon or MATE desktop will become even more enticing due to the lack of a brain-dead Windows Phone 7 interface that will be the main interface in future Windows releases. Do Redmond want anyone to use the Windows operating system in future or will they end up driving everyone to Linux, Macintosh or IOS. The Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop is also available for the Ubuntu, Fedora and the OpenSUSE distributions. That will enhance any Linux distribution.
The Gnome Shell desktop is available for just about every Linux distribution these days but Cinnamon would be a nice alternative. The Fedora 17 release code-named “Beefy Miracle” has emerged; included software is Gimp 2.8, Mozilla Firefox 12, a rearranged file-system by moving everything under /usr, the inclusion of software rendering for the Gnome Shell desktop, Gnome desktop 3.4.1, KDE 4.8.3, and kernel 3.3.6. The Gimp 2.8 release included has the single window mode available under the Windows menu and is easier to use compared to the 2.6 releases. Linux will still be very popular in the future, even more so after Microsoft shoot themselves down with the retarded Windows 8 release. They have even disabled the ability to play DVD discs with Windows Media Center, you must now pay for a Media Center addon pack to enable this functionality. Of course you can install VLC and play your movies with that.
Thank god that in Linux Mint you can play DVD discs out of the box with Totem or Gnome Mplayer. The Windows Media Player in Windows 8 does have some incredible features, like automatically downloading album art and adding missing album art by adding downloading the pictures from Google images and then adding the art to the file in Media Player. it is a shame to lock away features in the operating system unless people pay for the missing parts after paying for the operating system in the first place. That is not how to treat your customers. This is like that console game that locked features away unless you paid to get access. That by Capcom is downright devilish, Microsoft are performing the same tricks and this will hopefully be their downfall.