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post #1 of 23
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Hey.

I've been looking for a Linux distro to run in my machine, and finally chose Mint. When I went to see the torrents to get (hopefully) the latest version... I was overwhelmed. Far too many choices.

So simple question for you all: Which is the best Mint distro for me?

Bear in mind I'll be running it in a 4GB RAM, 25GB VirtualBox.
post #2 of 23
There's only really 2 choices.

Linux Mint 13; x86, x86_64
Linux Mint Debian; x86, x86_64

I'm assuming you choce it for the GUI, so download the torrent that says Cinnamon and not KDE, Gnome, or XFCE.

I would personally use Debian Edition if I had to choose. tongue.gif
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There's only really 2 choices.

Linux Mint 13; x86, x86_64
Linux Mint Debian; x86, x86_64

I'm assuming you choce it for the GUI, so download the torrent that says Cinnamon and not KDE, Gnome, or XFCE.

I would personally use Debian Edition if I had to choose. tongue.gif
Thanks!

Just got a bit confused, far too many torrents.
post #4 of 23
The advantage of the Debian edition, is that when a new version comes out, you don't have to install (as there aren't 'versions' as such, it's rolling release). But it is a little less stable, and the update frequency is a joke. I run it as my primary OS on my laptop, but I've thought twice about this more times than I can remember. I went with it, as I can't be bothered with the "re-install every 6 months" cycle.

I assume you're new to Linux, so I'd recommend Mint 13 Cinnamon 64 bit (don't bother with the 32 bit version, it's pointless). I recommend Cinnamon over MATE, but the differences are minimal. I mean, they both look 'Minty' and both work well.

Have you considered other distros such as "PCLinuxOS" or Mageia? Considering these are going to be VMs, I say grab them all and just get playing - won't cost you anything but time! smile.gif
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post #5 of 23
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The advantage of the Debian edition, is that when a new version comes out, you don't have to install (as there aren't 'versions' as such, it's rolling release). But it is a little less stable, and the update frequency is a joke. I run it as my primary OS on my laptop, but I've thought twice about this more times than I can remember. I went with it, as I can't be bothered with the "re-install every 6 months" cycle.

I assume you're new to Linux, so I'd recommend Mint 13 Cinnamon 64 bit (don't bother with the 32 bit version, it's pointless). I recommend Cinnamon over MATE, but the differences are minimal. I mean, they both look 'Minty' and both work well.

Have you considered other distros such as "PCLinuxOS" or Mageia? Considering these are going to be VMs, I say grab them all and just get playing - won't cost you anything but time! smile.gif
Yeah; right now more focused on getting my first two VMs working, lol! (If you ask, the other one is Win 8; I only use my VMs to mess around with OSs!)
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Originally Posted by 3930K View Post

Hey.
I've been looking for a Linux distro to run in my machine, and finally chose Mint. When I went to see the torrents to get (hopefully) the latest version... I was overwhelmed. Far too many choices.
So simple question for you all: Which is the best Mint distro for me?
Bear in mind I'll be running it in a 4GB RAM, 25GB VirtualBox.

I used to use Cinnamon. But if you're asking about the version as in "6, 10, 13," etc., then it's a stupid question. I wonder if this may be the reason why some people stay with old software versions.

Also, I've read about some bugs or downsides for the Debian version. Don't ask me to quote it and feel free to ignore this argument though, as I'm not backing it up with a link. wink.gif
Edited by newn - 10/23/12 at 2:46am
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Originally Posted by 3930K View Post

Hey.
I've been looking for a Linux distro to run in my machine, and finally chose Mint. When I went to see the torrents to get (hopefully) the latest version... I was overwhelmed. Far too many choices.
So simple question for you all: Which is the best Mint distro for me?
Bear in mind I'll be running it in a 4GB RAM, 25GB VirtualBox.

I used to use Cinnamon. But if you're asking about the version as in "6, 10, 13," etc., then it's a stupid question. I wonder if this may be the reason why some people stay with old software versions.

Also, I've read about some bugs or downsides for the Debian version. Don't ask me to quote it and feel free to ignore this argument though, as I'm not backing it up with a link. wink.gif
No, I just went on a wrong site and saw FAR too many torrents. I found it now. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by 3930K View Post

No, I just went on a wrong site and saw FAR too many torrents. I found it now. smile.gif

Enjoy then, it's a great distro. wink.gif
post #10 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 3930K View Post

No, I just went on a wrong site and saw FAR too many torrents. I found it now. smile.gif

Enjoy then, it's a great distro. wink.gif
It is!
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