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Mint, Linux Mint

October 12, 2011 10 comments

On Google+ recently, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols brought back a May 2011 item he posted on Linux Mint because “[w]ith all the chatter on one of my posts about Linux desktops, perhaps it’s time for me to drag out this review of my current favourite Linux desktop.”

It may seem trivial to some, but Steven calls Linux Mint “Mint” throughout the review, and in the back and forth on the comments, that seems to be OK with some. Correction: It seems to be OK with everyone but me. In my opinion, calling it just “Mint” is wrong — especially since the screen shot featured in the article says “Linux Mint” and the symbol is an “LM” — and I find it a little grating to do so, like someone calling me by my last name (Note: Unless you’re a drill sergeant, don’t do that).

So who’s right? Is it “Mint” or “Linux Mint”?

Let’s ask Clement Lefevbre, the lead developer at, ahem, Linux Mint. When I e-mailed him that question — “Mint or Linux Mint?” — he responded with the following:

Hi Larry,

You’re right. The official name is “Linux Mint” and this is what we should call it.

With that said, most people nickname it “Mint”, myself included. I think, when it’s within a conversation or an article, it’s ok to call the distribution “Mint”. It’s like a nickname of sorts. But when referring to it officially, we should use its proper name instead. So for instance, its entry within Distrowatch should not be “Mint”, but “Linux Mint”.

Personally, when I talk about the distribution to other “Mint” users, and when I talk with the other “Mint” devs, we all refer to it as “Mint”. When I adress the public or anyone outside our project, I call us “Linux Mint”.

:)

Regards,
Clement Lefebvre
Linux Mint

So . . . I guess that means that both Steven and I are right then.

A couple of things about Linux Mint, going forward: I’ve used Linux Mint off and on for a couple of years now and I’ve always found it solid; particularly, and most recently, the Linux Mint Debian Edition which runs flawlessly on a ThinkPad R30. Also, I think the naming convention is one of the best: in initial letter order, a woman’s name ending in the letter “a” (I asked Clement once what is going to happen when he reaches “Zelda” — or whatever the “Z” name is — and he said that they’ll start with “A” again, ending the name in “e”)

If it’s up to me, I’ll keep calling it Linux Mint, thank you.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software in his new home office. Watch this space.)

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“I’m a Beefy Miracle” song

October 11, 2011 2 comments

[Note: Blame Jef Spaleta. Jef challenged me to write lyrics for a song about Beefy Miracle -- one of the candidates for the Fedora 17 release name -- to Hot Chocolate's "I Believe in Miracles (You Sexy Thing)" in the event that Beefy Miracle becomes Fedora 17's release name. I accepted and, thanks to the voting Fedora public, Beefy Miracle was chosen as the release name for the May 2012 edition of Fedora. Being a man of my word, here is my version of the song, with sincere apologies to Hot Chocolate and anyone else associated with the original song.]

I’m a Beefy Miracle
[sung to the tune of “I Believe in Miracles (You Sexy Thing)” by Hot Chocolate]

I’m a Beefy Miracle
ready to
run your machine
(your machine, yeah)

I run Beefy Miracle
since I’m booting up
F17

Where did you come from, Beefy?
How did you know you’d replace Verne?
How did you know the mustard shows the progress?
How did you know I’d always say “hell, yes”?
Yesterday I was running Fedora 16
Now you’re on my laptop drive, keeping it alive.

I’m a Beefy Miracle
ready to
run your machine
(run your machine, yeah)

I run Beefy Miracle
since I’m booting up
F17

Now that your time’s come, Beefy
How do you plan to be the one?
Did you know your cutting edge with relish?
Did you know Ocelot is jealous?
Every day, you show quality performance
running all the desktops free, even KDE

I’m a Beefy Miracle
ready to
run your machine

I run Beefy Miracle
since I’m booting up
F17

Boot me (you beefy thing)
Run that script (you beefy thing)
I love the way your using GNOME (you beefy thing)
Xfce

Yesterday I was running Fedora 16
Now you’re on my desktop box – that’s not such a shock.

I’m a Beefy Miracle
ready to
run your machine
(run your machine)

I run Beefy Miracle
since I’m booting up
F17

Boot me
Run that script
I love the way your running GNOME
or KDE,
Xfce

[Improvise until fade out]

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software in his new home office. Watch this space.)

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