Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna Preview!

The Linux Mint developers continue their success with a brand new version of their free operating system, Linux Mint 4.0, codename Daryna. Being based on Celena and compatible with the Ubuntu Gutsy repositories, Daryna brings many new software and tools, such as:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.22
  • GNOME 2.20.0
  • OpenOffice.org Suite 2.3.0
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0

Other highlights of this release include:

mintUpdate: A new tool that will get automatic updates without compromising the stability of your system. Each update will have assigned a security level which indicates how safe they are for you to apply. mintUpdate tool will also bring you more information about the updates and the risks involved in applying them.

Moreover, it is also highly configurable and you decide which levels you want to see and which you want selected by default.


Developer’s note: The implementation of mintUpdate in Daryna follows the decision to remove the Ubuntu Update Manager in Celena because it didn’t give enough information about updates and assumed all updates were without risk for the user’s system.


mintInstall and the Software Portal
: As you already knew, if you were a Cassandra and Celena user, mintInstall and the Software Portal were a huge success and the Linux Mint decided to make them “stars” again and you can now interact with mintInstall without starting from the Portal. A link was added directly in the menu, for the Software Portal:

You are now able to search the portal directly from your desktop!

mintInstall is more intuitive now and received many interface improvements.

mintInstall relies on Synaptic, in the backend and it can handle downloads/installations of packages and hot-plugging of repositories.

There are many popular applications already installed in Linux Mint 4.0, like:

  • Opera
  • Google Earth
  • Skype

mintDesktop improvements: mintDesktop has been greatly improved and it allows you now to restore the default splash-screens that come with Linux Mint, for OpenOffice, Gimp and Amarok!

Compiz Fusion: The best 3D desktop effects to date are available and activated out of the box in Daryna thanks to the Xorg, Compiz Fusion and Ubuntu teams. Compiz Fusion Setting Manager is also included so you can tweak it to suit your needs.

Note: The Restricted Manager was improved and should be able to bring 3D support to all nVidia cards. Envy is being developed at the moment to include the new ATI drivers released by AMD and will be included in the next BETA or in the stable release of Daryna.

There are also some known issues in Daryna:

  • On computers with Dell Recovery Partitions: Manual Install might not work in the liveCD installer. To fix this issue: “apt purge ubiquity; apt clean; apt install ubiquity” then perform the installation and restore the sources.list from the liveCD to the installed system.
  • On some hardware with ATI/nVidia cards: If the liveCD boots all the way to Gnome but hangs and just shows the mouse pointer and eventually the wallpaper, restart the liveCD, press F6 and change the options “quiet splash –” with “nosplash noapic noacpi –“.

Pros : -

  • Out of the box multimedia support
  • Microsoft Windows Integration (Dual-boot, NTFS read/write support, Migration Assistant)
  • One-Click install system (Linux Mint Software Portal, mintInstall)
  • Easy file-sharing (mintUpload)
  • Desktop features, Control Center, mintMenu
  • 3D Effects
  • Great configuration tools
  • Great selection of default applications (OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Pidgin, XChat, Amarok..etc)
  • Solid package base (Google Earth, Picasa, Skype.. a lot of important software present in the repositories or in the Linux Mint Software Portal, compatibility with all Ubuntu Feisty repositories and most Debian packages)

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5 Responses to “Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna Preview!”

  1. Saptarshi Says:

    They have a really good non-OSS bundle and is easy to install.. liked the mintupdate as well…
    I think if they improve the driver compatibility issues with nVidia and ATI, better branding and more stable configs like fstab and MPlayer config, they can be better. I see that they are climbing the distrowatch ladder prety quickly…
    Good Luck Mint and nice review mate!!

  2. Michael Says:

    Nice review.

    I have been using Linux Mint (“Cassandra”) for some time now, and I’m quite happy with it.
    I used to be a “Red Hat / Fedora kind of guy”, but kept – as most of us do – an eye open for other interesting distros.

    As mentioned by Saptarshi there’s room for improvments, but overall Mint rather good (actually a variant of Ubuntu w. media codecs).

    //Michael.

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    [...] Blog de Viajes wrote an interesting post today!.Here’s a quick excerptLinux Mint 4.0 Daryna Preview! November 18, 2007 — Dark Star [IMG]The Linux Mint developers continue their success with a brand new version of their free operating system, Linux Mint 4.0, codename Daryna. Being based on Celena and compatible with the Ubuntu Gutsy repositories, Daryna brings many new software and tools, such as: Linux kernel 2.6.22 GNOME 2.20.0 OpenOffice.org Suite 2.3.0 Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Other highlights of this release include: mintUpdate: A new tool that will [...]

  4. EisBlade Says:

    Until Daryna was released I never really settled on any of the latest distros for the past couple of years; I distro-hopped them all including Ubuntu, Mint 2.0, Arch, PCLinuxOS, openSuSE, DSL, Fedora, Mandriva, Sabayon, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, etc.. I want to be able to do with my linux the same as I can with XP; it is possible, it’s just a matter of finding the right distro that fits my preference. I prefer to install and not tweak much of anything nor install codecs though will allow some room for video and wireless drivers as long as the process doesn’t run me around the bush twice to get there. My thanks to the Linux Mint team – “Ya done good!”…hehe. Daryna is not just a gem, but an attractive one at that.

  5. Sunil Says:

    This is really good to hear. This is one OS which I’ve really loved. The absolute beginners will find it so convenient. BTW, wasn’t Mint 4.0 supposed to be called Romeo?? Darna sounds good though :D


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