MintBox 2 review: Linux Mint in a compact, powerful computer

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Today in Open Source: MintBox 2 reviewed. Will you buy one? Plus: Linux Mint 16 installs, and WordPress 3.8 released

MintBox 2 reviewed: Will you buy one?

Linux User has a review of MintBox 2, and they like it a lot.

A year on, and a second MintBox has been released, imaginatively titled the MintBox 2, and is worlds better than the original.

Right now, it’s powerful enough to easily playback high-bitrate 1080p media, and can stream HD content from video services perfectly. While it won’t properly compete against a purpose built gaming machine, it’s more than powerful enough to hold its own, especially for its size. It’s also easily upgradeable, with a single comaprtment on the underside opening up to reveal the harddrive attached to it, and the RAM and other major components within easy access.

Specifications:

Operating system: Linux Mint

Processor: Intel i5-3337U

Memory: 4GB DDR3

Heat dissipation: Die-cast heatsink case, fanless design

Networking: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 N Wireless

Ports: 6 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, optical in and out, 2 x eSATA, HDMI out, Display Port out

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MintBox2 looks like a sweet little Linux computer. I am puzzled that MATE is the default desktop rather than Cinnamon, but that is easily fixed (as the article points out).

Amazon has a page for the MintBox 2, and the user reviews seem quite positive about it. So far it's getting a five star rating from people that have bought it.

Let me know in the comments if you'll be buying one.

Linux Mint 16 Install Thoughts

ZDNet has some thoughts to share about installing Linux Mint 16 Petra.

The final release of Linux Mint 16 (Petra) Cinnamon/MATE came a little over a week ago, and the KDE/Xfce Release Candidates arrived this week. I decided to install all four of them, each on a different one of my commonly used notebook or netbook systems:

Cinnamon - Lenovo T400, Legacy Boot, MBR Partition Table, 14.1" 1280x800 display

MATE - HP Pavilion dm1-4310ez, UEFI, GPT Partition Table, 11.6" 1366x768 display

KDE - Acer Aspire One 725, UEFI, GPT Partition Table, 11.6" 1366x768 display

Xfce - Samsung N150 Plus, Legacy Boot, MBR Partition Table, 10" 1024x600 display

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I had no problems installing the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint 16, but you may want peruse the ZDNet article if you've had some problems or just want some idea of what to expect before you do your own install.

WordPress 3.8 released

The latest version of WordPress is out.

Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We hope you’ll think this is the most beautiful update yet.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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I upgraded all five of my blogs to WordPress 3.8 and had no problems. Be sure you back everything up though before doing an upgrade. It never hurts to be careful, better safe than sorry.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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