I mentioned during the week that I was playing around with Linux.
I confess that the more I play with it, the more I like it. However I did have one major problem with it.
As I said, I am using Linux Mint as my personal flavour. Their download site gives a few versions. For various reasons, I happen to like KDE as my interface, though I know the Geeks will frown on this as Gnome is their apparent choice. That left me with two options – 32 bit or 64 bit. The machine I am mounting it on is a 64 bit machine, so naturally that was the one I downloaded.
This apparently was my mistake.
It installed very easily and without any problems. In no time, I was up and running, porting across my bookmarks into Firefox and generally customising everything. It was on the second day that I began to notice problems.
The first problem was that I couldn’t get sound to work in Firefox. The system sound was fine, and I was able to play sound files without a hitch, but when it came to running videos within Firefox, it just didn’t work. I played around with Firefox’s Extensions, but I kept coming up against a blank wall.
The second problem arose when I tried to install Adobe Air. Again, there was no way it was going to work for me. It was the same problem as with the Firefox Extensions – they all complained about the architecture.
In a fit of annoyance, I removed Mint and downloaded the 32 bit version. As before, this installed perfectly and this time I was able to customise the setup much quicker as this time I knew what I was doing.
This time however, videos played perfectly in Firefox, and Adobe Air installed without a hitch.
So my advice to anyone wishing to try out Mint – use the 32 bit version.
It saves a lot of headaches.