It’s been over 200 days since this site was updated. I think that’s more an indicator if the reliability of Linux than anything else.
Last Friday week I downloaded Mint 19 Cinnamon Beta. It hadn’t been officially announced but the ISOs were up on the server so I downloaded a copy.
Initially I thought of testing it in a VirtualBox but then decided I would grab some space on my hard disk and do a triple boot (Windows, Mint 18.3 and Mint 19). I expected some minor problems, considering this was an early Beta, but there were none.
The first thing I noticed was the artwork. There is a lot more of it! But then I started messing around with it and found quite a few differences. Some little niggly faults have been ironed out, Google Earth runs without any tweaks (I tend to use GE as a benchmark as it is usually quite problematic) and there were some additions. Also I got the distinct impression that 19 is a lot faster than its predecessor, but not having any benchmark tests I don’t have any figures on that.
Possibly the most noticeable addition is Timeshift. I would describe this as a cross between Windows Restore and Backup. It takes a copy of everything on its list, whether that is the root software, the Home partition or whatever you fancy and does this on a predetermined regularity.
Frankly I was so impressed with 19 that I decided that it was more than good enough to become my primary OS. This did lead to some problems as my test partition I had created was considerably smaller that the old working one so I decided to do a ton of resizing and moving of partitions. (I wrote a light-hearted account of that process on my other site). Apart from the moving and resizing I also created a small partition specifically for Timeshift, to keep the backup files is a separate area in case of disaster.
So far I cannot find a single fault with 19.
I’m a happy camper.