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The Linux Mint team have another monthly update blog post out, to talk about the state of Linux Mint and it sounds like things are going well. They also announced the small-form-factor MintBox 3 and something about Snaps.

Teaming up with Compulab once again who did the previous MintBox, it's based on their current Airtop3 and will come with Linux Mint installed with their branding. The specifications, while not final, are below:

  • 1. Basic configuration: $1543 with a Core i5 (6 cores), 16 GB RAM, 256 GB EVO 970, Wi-Fi and FM-AT3 FACE Module.
  • 2. High end: $2698 with Core i9, GTX 1660 Ti, 32 GB RAM, 1TB EVO 970, WiFi and FM-AT3 FACE Module.

While a bit on the pricey side, I do have to admit it's a pretty tidy looking unit! I wouldn't mind something like this to replace the ridiculously large PC case I have sitting under my TV:

Additionally, Mint's Clement Lefebvre who wrote the blog post had some interesting words to say about the Snap package format and how it's currently being handled. Touching on topics like being locked into a single store, Ubuntu possibly replacing the Chromium repository package with one that installs the Chromium snap and things like that. However, Lefebvre did say they've been invited to participate by the Snap developers, so hopefully they can all agree on something.

As for the whole 32bit debacle recently with Ubuntu, they said if it becomes an issue they will solve that too. It's good to know they're making plenty of plans no matter what happens, as desktop-focused distribution the Mint team seem to be doing a fair amount of good work.

They also continue to pull in an impressive amount in donations, with June getting $11,825 which is on top of their various Sponsors which was around $7,700. Seems like quite a healthy amount.

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fagnerln 2 July 2019 at 8:00 pm UTC
They should switch the primary mint to Debian, LMDE is in good shape and off the canonical craziness.
orochi_kyo 2 July 2019 at 8:08 pm UTC
The inside wars, this will keep just happening until someone big jumps on the scene and make some distro easy to adopt for the people who want to switch. Then everyone else should have to adapt to this distro or just fade away into oblivion.
pb 2 July 2019 at 8:18 pm UTC
fagnerlnThey should switch the primary mint to Debian, LMDE is in good shape and off the canonical craziness.

I've used Mint for some time, switched to LMDE pretty early in the process, and never looked back at the ubuntu edition, which didn't work so well for me anyway.

Snap is a good idea on the surface, but it doesn't work that well. It might be useful for distributing some exotic apps that need specific dependencies (games come to mind...) but in everyday usage it's just too messy and feels bloated.
dibz 2 July 2019 at 8:20 pm UTC
Regarding Mint's wording about 32bit support in their announcement (which wasn't quoted here), I find the mixed reporting on all of that to be interesting. I'm pretty sure many of the writers out there are either ignorant of, or willfully ignorant of, the original posting/news about 32bit support removal where Canonical was quite clear about the complete drop of 32bit support -- not just for the kernel/distro release. They backtracked regarding multilib support only after Valve had some words for them.

They certainly tried to spin it like that was always the case in that updated "clarification", but it's plain for the world to see -- and read given five to ten minutes -- that there was no miscommunication.
Asu 2 July 2019 at 8:30 pm UTC
ubuntu is playing with fire. And they live in a haystack.
STiAT 2 July 2019 at 8:31 pm UTC
Will never use a distro based on a distro where a company calls the shots. LMDE is really nice, and would be my 2nd choice at the moment. I'm happy with Solus though.

The Snap issue in the article made me think. I didn't actually know Snap was that vendor locked. Was an intersting read, and I agree with the authors positions.
Dorrit 2 July 2019 at 8:50 pm UTC
I could accept (just) snaps being Ubuntu focused if at least they worked properly.
The problem is they don't. They take too long to launch, particularly on cold starts, and they don't integrate with themes. They simply feel as "not belonging". Flatpaks are marginally better.
I don't think Repositories are an insurmountable problem. Take MX-linux, their base is Debian stable and yet they keep programs and kernels updated; take KDE Neon: Ubuntu long term and Plasma fresh on top; and then there's Arch and its rolling release which I consider to be the most elegant solution, albeit at the cost of some lesser stability.
I really dislike snaps and Flatpaks both in practice and in principle.
Chronarius 2 July 2019 at 10:14 pm UTC
QuoteI wouldn't mind something like this to replace the ridiculously large PC case I have sitting under my TV

Maybe you should have a look at the mini's from Zotac
https://www.zotac.com/de/product/mini_pcs/zbox-e-series/all

I have two of their "Steammachines" which are pretty amazing. Super small and super silent
Ananace 2 July 2019 at 10:35 pm UTC
I personally wouldn't have as much against Snaps if Canonical were as good as they promised in ensuring it'd be a viable cross-distribution packaging method.

As it is, I don't have a choice as Flatpak's the only one that can be installed on any of the systems I use or administer.

Not that I can complain too much about that, Flatpak's custom installation system means I'm able to host a shared install between a roomful of computers. And the P2P install/update system means I'm even able to do the same with non-shared installations too.
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