|Cinnamon: Main Menu|
CinnamonAfter the UnetBootin boot menu, I was greeted by the Linux Mint logo fading in from black. This gave way to the desktop.
|Cinnamon: Mozilla Firefox|
Mozilla Firefox is the default browser, and it comes with proprietary plugins and codecs out-of-the-box, as are par for Linux Mint. LibreOffice is the default productivity suite, and most of the other applications are pretty standard for Linux Mint.
Nemo has received a lot of improvements. I now believe it is the true successor to Nautilus with the Elementary patches, especially now that it has a previewing applet forked from GNOME Sushi, without removing features stupidly as has been the case in GNOME Files.
I installed Skype from the repositories and Google Talk from Gmail. Skype took a lot more work to get the sound working properly, especially because at times there were odd loud buzzing sounds. After all that was resolved, though, both worked fine.
I tried installing wxMupen64Plus as before, but it didn't work. There appeared to be weird conflicts between repositories, so I had to settle for installing the version without a GUI.
|Cinnamon: LibreOffice Writer + Nemo + Nemo-Preview|
(Before anyone complains about this being a review of the live session: Linux Mint has been a distribution that I have been able to depend on for the last 4.5 years for being able to replicate the full stability, features, and usability of an installed session in a live medium. Why can't the Cinnamon edition do that now?)
MATEThere isn't much that I need to say about the MATE edition, because it's almost exactly the same as the last version. Compiz still doesn't work; does anyone remember the name of that GNOME 2 program that could extend its window/workspace management capabilities, and do people know whether it works for MATE? Other than that, MATE still works great, and I can most certainly recommend it to newbies as always.
You can get both versions here.