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Noncommercial Linux distro no. 8: Linux Mint

Linux Mint is the eighth and final noncommercial Linux distro in a slideshow on options for the enterprise.


Distro no. 8: Linux Mint

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Linux Mint

Current version: 9
Code base: Ubuntu 10.04
Supported hardware platforms: IA-32, x86-64
Number of users/downloads: Unavailable

As an Ubuntu-based distribution, Linux Mint is considered one of the more user-friendly distros. Small- and medium-sized companies in several industries, from manufacturing to education, use Linux Mint, according to founder and lead developer Clement Lefebvre.

The distro preaches simplicity and out-of-the-box capabilities. In addition, Linux Mint touts itself it as one of the most community-driven distributions; a user can propose an idea in a forum and the idea may be implemented a week later. Many large organizations, however, have requested that Linux Mint improve interoperability with Windows systems, Office formats and Windows servers, according to Lefebvre.

In terms of hardware compatibility, Linux Mint's strategy is to "to keep hardware detection and support in Linux Mint as close to Ubuntu as possible," Lefebvre noted. Because this Ubuntu-based distribution is user-friendly, it's a good starting place for those migrating from Windows.


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