After using Ubuntu 11.4 (Natty) for a while I’ve decided to install Linux Mint 9 Isadora (which is built on Ubuntu 10.4 (the last Long Term Support release)). In the end Natty and Unity did not seem polished enough to me (so I will revisit Unity with subsequent releases to see how it is progressing).
I did like the almost full-screen browsing experience that Natty delivered as well as the ability to sync files, contacts and Tomboy Notes with Ubuntu One. With this in mind Mint 9 seemed like a good choice – I liked that it only featured one panel at the bottom of the screen and the Mint menu is well thought out. Add to that the fact that things like Flash are already installed and that I can type directly into the Mint menu to search for installed software and I was sold.
I installed Mint 9 on two machines this week and was surprised when one of them reported that Flash was out of date (in both Firefox and Chromium). I checked Update Manager and tried re-installing flashplugin-nonfree to no avail.
I soon found a fix on the Ubuntu Forum though, which cleans up possible conflicting versions of Flash that might be installed and then re-installs flashplugin-nonfree from the repositories:
sudo apt-get purge lightspark sudo apt-get purge swfdec-mozilla sudo apt-get purge mozilla-plugin-gnash sudo apt-get purge adobe-flashplugin sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-nonfree sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-installer rm -f /home/**/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*so rm -rf /home/**/.wine/dosdevices/c:/windows/system32/Macromed/Flash sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so
This glitch aside I am quite impressed with Mint so far – it has a great selection of applications and is quite user friendly too.