After playing with the live DVD distribution, I decided it was time to actually reformat and install Linux Mint 17 permanently.
Liking the clean, uncomplicated interface presented in the MATE desktop, I chose that version of the Mint 17 distribution.
Because it’s on a machine that is dual boot with Windows 7 (which is needed but rarely used anymore) I first booted into Windows, and restored the Master Boot Record to its default setting, using the FixMBR.exe utility. Next, using the Windows disk manager, I deleted the Linux main and swap partitions from the hard drive.
Once that was done, it was a simple matter to boot to the DVD, and do the default install. Mint configured itself in the now free disk space, and then created the new master boot record, booting first into Grub, so I can select which system I want to use.
The first thing that caught my eye after everything was installed, was a new icon on the panel bar. Hovering over it, I found that Mint had detected my wireless keyboard and mouse, and was dutifully reporting the battery condition of both!
The user interface is much the same as Mint 13, with very subtle and welcome changes. I love the new look of the Caja file manager for instance. What’s really changed however, is the meat and potatoes of the operating system itself. Based on Ubuntu 14.o4, Linux Mint 17 has many hardware compatibility and stability upgrades that make it well worth your time upgrading to it.
Liking Mint 17 as much as I do, means that I have 7 more machines to upgrade!