I took a regressive step yesterday.
I scrapped Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) in favour of Linux Mint 11 (Katya).
Once again, I was amazed at the simplicity of the move. While selecting the sectors for the installation, I simply told it not to format my Home sector. As a result, I lost nothing and my precautionary backup wasn’t needed.
So why scrap the latest version in favour of an older one? The answer is that I was having too many problems which in fairness I should probably blame on the laptop and not the software. Most of my programmes were noticeably slower, with some abysmally so. As laptops go this isn’t a bad one. It has a dual core AMD Athlon processor with 4Gb of memory so it’s a fairly nippy machine. I suspect that its graphics just wasn’t up to the mark when it came to Gnome 3. But even using Mate or Cinnamon didn’t help.
So now I’m back on Katya and everything is flying along. I had one mysterious problem in Lisa where I couldn’t detect my network scanner. It’s a wireless HP Officejet J4680, and while Lisa picked it up straight away as a printer, the only way I could scan was to bring the laptop to the unit and connect via USB. One of the very first things I did after the reinstall was to check this problem, and there was the scanner ready for use!
My only problem now is that I got somewhat used to the layout and functionality of Gnome 3, and now I have to relearn where everything is.
I suppose in time I will stop looking for the clock in the top right-hand corner of the screen?