Talk about an early holiday gift that got me going – a nice little upgrade to Linux Mint, from 19 to 19.1 “Tessa.” Sorry Tara, I know our relationship was short lived. Hah!
Anyway, some nice features for me and one not-so-nice one was in the works. Upgrading was a cinch, going to the update manager while the computer did the rest. Awesome stuff, the easiest and fastest OS upgrade I’ve ever performed. So with that, what do I think of the new 19.1?
There are some minor annoyances but a huge gain for me. Concerning the minor annoyances, I’m disappointed screensaver support was dropped so now just going to a dimmed desktop background with a clock over it. When I’m using my computer I don’t ever let it idle long enough to go to a screensaver anyway so this isn’t really an issue. Also, I found out really quickly I don’t like the “modern” panel and vastly prefer the smaller, less obtrusive “classic” panel. No big deal, at least they still have it as an option and hopefully will keep it in future releases of Mint. I did, however, have to re-theme everything after my short experiment as your themes and settings (applets, panel buttons, etc.) are reset to default when you switch panel modes.
Concerning the benefits, for one thermoregulation seems a bit better and I think 19.1 more accurately reports and regulates the temperature of the AMD Ryzen/Zen+ processors as I’m concistently running about 2C cooler during light-to-medium tasks.
So that’s all fine and good, but the huge thing for me? Look what is now functional that was not in Mint 19:
Yep, it appears as though 19.1 added support for the new HP/Chicony FHD IR camera! For HP users who have this camera, this upgrade is worth it just for that.
With that said, since I found myself just not really using Windows at all after going to Mint, I just wound up wiping Windows altogether and claiming that additional 250GB of hard drive back. That was easy enough to do by creating a bootable USB drive to use GParted Live and deleting the Windows partition and giving that back to free space.
With that, I think for me the migration to Linux is now complete after I’ve now also kicked Microsoft out the door.
EDIT 12/23/18: I was able to get my screensaver back by installing the full version of Xscreensaver (rather than just hacks which was the Mint screensaver package prior) Instructions for how to set it up can be found on the Linux Mint Forums. Turn off the default screensaver, follow these set up instructions and you should be in business. Of course, being a Mac-to-Mint convert there’s just something so comforting about the Flurry screensaver (mentioned in a previous post) so I’m glad to have that back.