Competition Between Linux With Other Operating Systems

Competition between the desktop and tablet PC based Mac OS, Windows, and Android, many forget the presence of other artificial Linux OS. In fact, Linux itself has a long saga in the world of computers and gadgets as one of the famous brand OS that was victorious, although still under Windows. Despite its name, the more rarely heard, Linux users today are still fairly much. Loyal and new users to Linux find different things to offer to the Linux Mint operating system OS 15. The latest version of Linux Mint version was released in late May 2013. Linux Mint 15 is named Olivia is intended as a substitute for his brother, Mint 14 Nadia. Linux reportedly will continue to support the beautiful Olivia hinga 2014. Is it true that the existence of the claim that Linux Mint OS this time became the most friendly to their users? Let's look at a brief review and highlight important to offer Linux on Linux Mint 15 operating system this time.

Design, Home screen, and User Interface:

Olivia was taken from the "olive" and because of this it should not be surprised when you find the color concept of the design of the home screen of Linux Mint 15 predominantly olive green color. Linux might want to join the campaign by Greenpeace on this OS-based computer users. However, of course, the color of the home screen can be set according to each user's wishes.

Linux Mint 15 is still carrying the two main desktop display types can be selected when the first startup the computer starts. With a choice of 1.8 and Mate Cinnamon 1.6, the user can choose which desktop that suits your tastes and needs. Based on the user experience of the previous series, Cinnamon and Mate has an almost identical interface design. With Windows-style interface (sidebar and toolbar that is very similar to Microsoft's OS) both have different depths. Cinnamon is said to have preferences and functions approaching the Windows OS. On the other hand, Mate built on the GNOME 2 interface that is no longer manufactured, providing conventional touch of Linux itself.

Login interface and theme can be changed according to the user wishes the presence of MDM (Mint Display Manager.) The presence of this feature is supported with the use of HTML and HTML5, and CSS and other programming languages to deliver a more interactive interface. Not many changes that occur in the design output of Olivia. With a concept that was almost identical to its predecessor, Olivia offers a number of new features that will be discussed in a later segment.


With the addition of new features, such as Drive Manager which will be discussed in other segments in this discourse, Linux Mint 15 is expected to be pumped performance on the user's computer. Some features advocates stability of the overall system performance, such as the fallback mode and Render Detection, praise some users. Installing the software beyond the default software is easy in Linux Mint 15 is due to the presence of Software Manager which regulates all activities concerned the installation and uninstallation of the software. Not only that, the default software itself also supports Olivia with excellent performance.

As for the user to be able to enjoy optimal performance of Linux Mint 15's, some of the specifications set forth Linux itself needs to be met, among others: Intel X86 and AMD processors with 64bit or 32bit capacity, 512 MB RAM (and will be even better with 1 GB RAM, ) 5 GB of space available on the hard disk, graphics card that supported a monitor resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and also supporting ports such as DVD / CD Drive along with a USB port.

New Features:

The presence of actual desklet concept is identical to the widget on the desktop Cinnamon played on the home screen. With this feature, the user screen will not be plain and boring, but also will be presented certain icons that have been selected user. The icon itself is not no other function except as a decoration, but also shortcuts to various existing software in Linux Mint 15 desktop. Not forgetting the mentioned features Drive Manager, a feature that provides information about the driver can be selected for integration with existing hardware. In addition, driver updates can also be given information very easily to the user.


Although it is said that Cinnamon interface integrated in Linux Mint 15 is actually only intended to attract users of Windows to Linux, the performance of the OS is arguably sufficient for everyday computing needs. Various features presented to Mate and Cinnamon can be used to improve the performance of this OS. Just by way of tasting Olivia touch user alone can determine whether the performance of the Linux Mint this time to meet the expectations or not.