A cool review of the Google Chromebook. They seem interesting, but kind of expensive for what they are.
The reviewer likes the Chromebook, but says it’s still not quite all there as a desktop replacement.
A cool review of the Google Chromebook. They seem interesting, but kind of expensive for what they are.
The reviewer likes the Chromebook, but says it’s still not quite all there as a desktop replacement.
I was never a great, or even good, guitar player, but it’s something I really enjoyed doing for a decent chunk of my life. But as life and work grew more complex, it kind of fell by the wayside, a casualty of the demands of adulthood.
But recently, I’ve been actively trying to carve out time to mess around with my guitar. Because I live in an apartment, I became intrigued by the idea of amp and pedal modeling, where instead of playing through a physical amp or guitar pedal, one plays into a computer, with the amp and pedal sound created by software.
I was intrigued for a few reasons. I liked that I could get an amp sound without having to disturb anyone. But I also loved the access to different kinds of amps and pedals modeling provided. I could enhance my sound without having to invest money or space in equipment.
There are lots of ways to model amps and pedals. Apple’s GarageBand is probably one of the most popular consumer avenues. But I wanted to try and implement something on Linux, despite the near constant refrain that Linux doesn’t do audio production well.
I decided to repurpose my T43 ThinkPad for music and downloaded Ubuntu Studio 11.04 (the Ubuntu Studio people very candidly recommend against 11.10). Ubuntu Studio is a fairly standard Ubuntu with a bunch of multimedia packages pre-installed. I liked that aspect since it let me play with a lot of software without having to figure out what I should be playing with.
In order to play into my laptop mic jack, I got a cheap ¼”-1/8″ converter for my guitar cable at RadioShack and then I was ready to go.
I share my experiences as a production amateur. My previous recording setups were a cheap cassette four-track and prior to that, a tape recorder from the early 1990s. Digital recording had, up to a few weeks ago, completely passed me by.
For instance, I quickly learned that anyone working with instrument recording in Linux needs to work with JACK. JACK serves as virtual jacks, allowing you to connect sounds to each other. For instance, if you’re playing through an amp modeler, you need JACK running to connect your guitar output to the amp modelling software. If you’re recording, you need JACK to connect the output to the recorder. It’s very logical but until you know that JACK is what moves sound around, it can be a bit frustrating to hear nothing but your unprocessed guitar coming through your headphones. It also seems that sound is always going to come through your headphones and not your laptop speakers. I was happy with the sound in my headphones, so I never investigated getting sound out of my built-in speakers.
Linux has some very nice modeling options. Rakarrack is a great processor, with lots of interesting options. It’s incredibly customizable, in a paralyzingly intimidating way, but it has some nice presets to get you started carving out the right sound. It’s a truly amazing piece of software.
I had also heard some good things about AmpliTube, a Windows/OS X product. AmpliTube comes with a few pedals, amps, and cabinets, with users able to buy more. It’s an intriguing model, but I mostly just wanted to mess around with the free pedals, of which there is a nice variety. I couldn’t get it running via Wine in Ubuntu Studio, and the old GNOME interface was killing me, so, having figured out which music software I wanted, I just installed Xubuntu 11.10 and grabbed everything from the repositories (I’m still madly in love with OpenSUSE but you really can’t beat the Ubuntu repositories for scope and convenience).
AmpliTube works perfectly in Xubuntu via Wine. It did require WineAsio, which isn’t in any repositories. I couldn’t get it to run off of the project download page, but I found this guide and it got everything working for me.
AmpliTube has a snazzier interface than Rakarrack and Guitarix, but I found it harder to manipulate the sound variables in AmpliTube. AmpliTube tries to preserve the pedal/rack/dial metaphor and that doesn’t always translate to a mouse and computer screen interface. AmpliTube has some great sounds, though. Plus, it lets you demo pedals, although when I tried to record with a pedal I was trialing, I got random static bursts every few seconds. But it’s still nice to get a sense of if a pedal is worth “purchasing.”
Guitarix is a Linux product. It’s an amp simulator, but it also has some pedal-like effects in its virtual rack. The big trick for me was figuring out to tell Guitarix to show the racks so I could tweak the effects. But once I found that option, under the Plugins menu, I really got into playing with Guitarix. It had some very nice, organic-sounding tones.
Once I had some sounds down, I figured I should record. Ardour is a hardcore digital audio workstation, but it was way too much tool for me, so I’ve been using Audacity. Linux music people online seem very excited about Bitwig Studio, which isn’t available yet. Depending upon pricing, I might check that out once it’s available.
When recording, you need to tell the tool to pull the signal from JACK. And you need to make sure JACK is connecting your sound to the recording tool. Usually this involves starting to record and then making the connection.
Once I was able to record some guitar (and some bass — Rakarrack has a bass simulation that’s not bad), I figured I should put some drums on my tracks, too. Hydrogen is a neat little drum machine. The drum kit sounds are nice but there weren’t a lot of preset beats to work with. But programming Hydrogen isn’t too bad, once you know a few basic drum patterns. I poked around on YouTube and learned you have a snare on the 1 and the 3, bass drum on the 2 and the 4, and some sort of cymbal on each beat. The sad thing is, I’ve played with drummers a bit over the years, but really had no idea what they were doing on a theoretical level.
My Hydrogen beats aren’t horribly inventive, but they allow me to work on my rhythm and to give my tracks the vague impression that the music is played by humans. And playing with drums is helping me tremendously with my rhythm, or lack thereof. I did some very rough demos, just to give a sense of the various guitar sounds available, as well as a basic application of Hydrogen. You can hear them here.
In addition to the fun of playing guitar and of messing around with Linux, I’m actually learning a lot about music. Things I never thought about, like rhythm and time signatures and arranging, have suddenly become very visible to me. And while I can’t say I have a handle on any of those things, I do feel more aware of them than I was when I was just bashing away on a guitar without any of these audio tools.
Was this a lot of work to get going? It took some time to figure out how to do everything, but it was time I enjoyed.
Would this be easier on a Mac with GarageBand? Probably. But the results, now that everything is setup, are impressive. I’m able to relatively easily make music and flesh out ideas. Obviously, as someone who’s not a professional musician and not looking to release any music, my standards are different than someone with more serious goals. But for the casual home recorder, Linux is a perfectly viable option.
If you’re at all interested in home recording, give Linux a try. It’s a little work to get rolling, but once it’s up and running, you’ll find a lot of great tools to bring your ideas to life. It’s pretty amazing to think I can do all of this with a 2GB machine that’s over five years old and that creating this entire studio didn’t cost me anything out of pocket.
I first ran into Robin on the Xubuntu mailing list, where he occasionally posted questions. His blog, which was in his signature, seemed pretty interesting, so I invited him to participate here. Robin gladly accepted and gave some great responses. Sadly, when I went to check on his blog prior to posting this, I read that he had died in late October.
As it seemed Robin’s family had taken control of his blog, I wrote back to his email account, requesting permission to post this. Someone wrote back and graciously granted it. I appreciate their generosity in allowing me to post this.
My name is Robin Lyndsay Taylor. I’m a full time university student and part-time choreographer and instructor of a percussive folk dance known as clogging. I’ll turn 18 years old this month, yay!
I’m down to one single computer for the time being, and I run Xubuntu 10.04 because I require the stability of it’s long-term support, and it performs beautifully on my modest, aging hardware. I also like it’s superb simplicity and configurability. I was using Linux Mint Xfce (9th edition) but when they switched the base of the distro to Debian, which for some reason balks on my hardware, I “ran home” to Xubuntu. I didn’t need to, though, since Linux Mint 9 Xfce is built on Xubuntu 10.04 – and without PulseAudio and some other stuff in Xubuntu that has been troublesome.
That said though, I couldn’t resist trying out SalixOS when I heard about its Slackware base (something completely new, unfamiliar, and challenging for me) and extremely long-term support. Unlike many of the Slackware spin-offs, SalixOS is fully compatible with it’s parent distro (even Ubuntu is incompatible with its Debian parent now). Version 8.1 from 2002 is still getting security updates! That’s like nine YEARS of support! You don’t find that kind of long life in most other distros, and updates do not break Slackware. It just doesn’t happen. At the summer break, I’ll likely switch to SalixOS as my main distro. It runs flawlessly on my hardware, and to my amazement, even the live CD experience was snappier than installed Xubuntu!
I use Audacity to edit music for the dance routines I write; Seamonkey for web browsing and e-mail because I still like to put cutesy little images and formatting in my e-mails to friends. What can I say, some kids never grow up. But I find Seamonkey much less demanding on resources than the more popular Mozilla browser and separate e-mail client. I use Xournal a lot for taking notes at school and annotating pdf files. Abiword and Gnumeric have been sufficient so far in all my schoolwork, but I suspect that college coursework will require a fancier office suite soon, and that will likely be LibreOffice. The Gimp lets me edit photos and images for school and dance projects. During a brief flirtation with LXDE I discovered the PCManFM file manager which I like even better than Thunar for it’s simplicity and speed. Exaile and Gnome Movie Player are more than sufficient for my other multimedia needs. And of course, the Xfce “goodies” are icing on the cake. I know docks are all the rage, but the Xfce panel with goodies does everything a dock does with less fuss and demands on resources.
My only computer is a hand-me-down Dell Dimension B110. With 512 RAM and Celeron processor, it’s been just super for over seven years! And it was used when I got it! I’ve had it since middle school and never needed anything else. But the dance studio has a Toshiba Satellite which I use in my classes (Audacity lets me adjust the tempo of a song without changing its pitch – perfect for learning a new dance) that dual-boots Linux Mint 9 Xfce and Crunchbang Linux; and we keep a reeeeally old Dell desktop at the studio that I saved from the landfill with a minimal Ubuntu/LXDE mixture that amazes everyone who uses it because of its speed on that ancient dinosaur.
It has to be pretty, it has to be simple (I’m mildly autistic and I share my computer with other “dance kids” – no geeky skills among them), and it has to be fast! Xfce does all of that for me. I find that it is applications that tend to slow things down more than a desktop environment does. So lightweight applications, minimal “eye candy,” a simple, speedy, clean icon-free desktop (I launch everything from the panel or the right-click menu). Openbox does that for me too, but I just love that Xfce panel!
Happy to! Inspired by Ubuntu’s wicked-cool looking Unity desktop which is too much for my hardware, I fixed up my Xfce desktop to look and behave “Unity-like.” I think Ubuntu is onto something really good with Unity (that ought to reduce my popularity with your readers, lol), and in another year or so Unity will be awesome! Here’s my “cheap imitation Unity” desktop (my menu icon is a Hershey’s kiss! I love messing around with little details like that, lol.):
Interview conducted Sept. 10, 2011
Brett Legree is a nuclear engineer. Do I really even need to add anything else? As you’ll see from his interview, he’s not only a lover of the Linux code, but also of the Linux philosophy.
Good day – my name is Brett Legree. I am an engineer and I work in the Canadian nuclear industry – specifically, I am a nuclear facility site inspector and I work for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which is Canada’s nuclear regulatory organization. We help ensure the continued safe operation of nuclear companies. That is what I do from 9 to 5.
When I am not busy with my family (I am married and we have four wonderful children), I eat, sleep and breathe technology.
I am about to formally launch a new business that specializes in what I call “technical solutions for makers”. You could say I’ve been doing it for some time, however, it will soon have a web presence, which is long overdue.
If you think about it, we are all makers. Humanity is a race of makers.
We make stuff, we dream up things, we create them with our hands and our tools, and we share them with each other.
Technology is one of the things that we as humans make.
I have found over the years that a lot of people have trouble with technology, and I have a personal mantra:
“Technology is meant to enable us, not enslave us.”
So I create solutions for other makers, so that their technology will serve them, not the other way around. This is the basis of my business.
There will be hardware and software solutions, each handcrafted for the individual maker, since every single person is different.
There is no “one size fits all” solution.
Linux will factor heavily as the cornerstone of many of the possible solutions.
Although I run all of the major operating systems in my work, so that I can stay on top of them and be able to help my clientele, I see Linux as being different.
I see Linux as being the ultimate platform for makers – since, technology should enable us, not enslave us.
Though Windows and Mac OS X have their place (because there are some things that they excel at over Linux), in many ways they enslave the makers.
You, as a maker, cannot truly make Windows or OS X your own – but not so with Linux.
That is why I see it as the eventual destination for makers, for the world.
Perhaps it will not look as it does today, perhaps it will be a truly free version of Android or something like that (since smartphones and tablets are on the rise, especially in developing nations), but I believe it will be Linux.
I run Ubuntu 11.10 on my Lenovo ThinkPad X120e. I have been running Ubuntu since the very beginning, in fact, since before it was officially released as Ubuntu 4.10 – I can’t remember exactly how I found it, but it was something along the lines of, “try out this new Debian-based Linux distro and help out”. So I did, and I was hooked immediately.
I fell in love with the whole philosophy behind it, the concept of Ubuntu – “I am what I am because of who we all are.”
This is especially true for me and my interests and knowledge of technology. I am what I would call “self-taught,” but really if you think about it, I am not. I have learned from the best there are, from all of you out there, the other makers.
I would not be what I am without all of you.
Because I am very interested in helping makers get the most out of their technology, I need to keep abreast of what is out there – so I work with all of the different desktop environments, in order to be familiar with them so that I can find the ideal solution for each person I help.
Many people do not like Unity, for instance, but I have learned it so that I can help people who work best with it.
Similarly, I have kept on top of GNOME 3 (aka GNOME Shell) as well as the GNOME “fallback mode,” KDE 4.7, Xfce 4.8, Window Maker, GNOME 2, and a whole host of other window managers (I have a soft spot for the tiling WMs like dwm and awesome).
I tend to work mostly with GNOME 3 myself since it “just works” for what I need to do (sorry Linus!), though I’ve been using KDE 4.7 a fair bit lately as well.
I am a keyboard junkie and GNOME 3 is very keyboard friendly in my experience. KDE 4.7 is also great with the keyboard, especially if you enable the tiling window feature.
My primary browser is Chrome, and I use Codeweavers’ CrossOver to run Microsoft Office (a necessary evil from time to time in my work, sometimes people just need “the real McCoy” and I am there to provide the solutions whatever the operating platform). Plus, I like the guys at Codeweavers and they need to eat too! Most recently, I have been working with a writer who is on Mac OS X but wishes to switch to Linux for various reasons. The one thing that has kept him on OS X to this point has been a software package called Scrivener. As it turns out, Scrivener is under development for both Linux and Windows, and so, I have been testing Scrivener out on Ubuntu using the native build, as well as the Windows version via CrossOver. It runs very well in both cases, and so, mid-next year, I expect to be assisting this gentleman in a migration from Mac OS X to Ubuntu (or, to whatever distribution best suits his needs).
I also use VMware Workstation and Player to test and demonstrate other distributions on this machine (specifically Scientific Linux, which I really like as an alternative for certain applications; Linux Mint, which is doing some great work, especially in the desktop area with the upcoming Linux Mint 12 and the Mint GNOME Shell Extensions; and the daily builds of Ubuntu, currently 12.04 LTS – I like to be on the edge of what is new).
I use Dolphin as my file manager since I like the concept of Miller Columns. And finally, thinkfan, to keep the laptop quiet (I can’t stand fan noise).
As a side note as mentioned above, I run the other major platforms at home for other purposes – I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p running Windows 7 as a media server and game machine (very infrequently do I watch anything or play games, though – it is mostly for my family), and I have a 2008 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 so that I can support people who are best served by Apple’s solutions. The MacBook Pro also runs VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, so it is pressed into service for VM testing as well (again, mostly various Linux distros).
I guess I sort of already partially answered this!
My primary “bare metal” Linux machine is a Lenovo ThinkPad X120e 11.6" ultraportable, which I upgraded myself somewhat. I installed 8GB of memory to assist with VM work and I also added a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, which made it quite snappy. Sometimes I plug it into an LG 24" LCD panel, and use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (by Microsoft – heresy!)
In case anyone is curious, the T61p runs Windows 7 Ultimate in “clamshell mode” through an LG 47" LCD television, with a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse (8GB memory and a 500GB HDD, plus a 1TB external HDD for media). I would probably run Linux on the machine, but we have an Apple TV in the house and iTunes on Linux is “tricky.”
The MacBook Pro runs Mac OS X 10.7 in “clamshell mode” via another LG 24" LCD panel, an Apple Bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. It has an OCZ Solid 3 120GB SSD, and it also has two external drives connected to it (a 1TB and a 2TB).
I am already working towards this (scrimping and saving every penny!) – I plan to purchase a Lenovo ThinkPad W-series workstation laptop, probably a 15" form factor, and run it with external keyboard and mouse in “clamshell mode” (I love doing that) through a large LCD panel. I may go for a 27" this time – one of the 2560×1440 or 2560×1600 panels.
It will otherwise run the latest versions of the software I currently run on my X120e, since that serves me very well.
I have included screenshots of both GNOME 3 and KDE 4.7 for comparison. I used to tweak everything, but these days I tend to stick to defaults as it is just easier for me.
Interview conducted November 8, 2011
An Arch user on The Setup!
One of my favorite podcasts, Linux or otherwise, is TuxRadar, which is produced by the editorial team of Linux Format magazine, an English publication. Jonathan Roberts is a TuxRadar
host presenter/Linux Format editor, so I was especially excited to see what kind of system he uses.
Also, if you’re not already listening to TuxRadar, it’s something you definitely want to do. It’s funny, informative, and thought-provoking. And the European perspective can be especially enlightening.
My name is Jonathan Roberts and I recently became the staff writer for Linux Format magazine. The magazine’s permanent staff also put together a fortnightly podcast called TuxRadar, so since joining I’ve also been a contributor to the podcast. It’s mostly about Linux, but always lots of fun.
Before joining the team at Linux Format, I studied Theology at Exeter University. I also contributed to the Fedora Project in various guises, where I was known as JonRob, ran the Questions Please podcast (http://www.archive.org/details/QuestionsPleaseOnFreeSoftware) and attempted (but failed) to launch a campaign promoting free culture called Free Me (http://www.archive.org/details/FreeMe_DVD).
I run Arch Linux, and I love it. It’s fast, always up to date and is actually the most stable Linux distribution I’ve ever used. It takes a little while to get set up, but thanks to the amazing Beginners Guide anyone can do it and it’s well worth the investment.
I’m not that fussy about software and often experiment with different options to see what works best for me. At the moment, I write my articles in Vim, and I use Chromium a lot for research etc. I used to use gedit, but when preparing an article on the 50 best Linux applications, Vim got such glowing reviews that I had to give it a go!
I also use VirtualBox for testing distributions or setting up servers/development environments when researching an article. It saves me breaking my system and having to re-install it all the time.
I use a Toshiba Satellite laptop – an R630 to be exact. It’s a great machine, and it was a real bargain too. It has 2GB RAM – I’d love another 2GB sometime soon – a Core i3 processor, integrated Intel graphics and a Broadcom wireless chip that uses the open source drivers. Everything works out of the box with 2.6.38+, so it’s an ideal machine in my mind.
As well as all those components, it’s got a 13-inch screen, is incredibly thin and light with a 3-4 hour battery life. Since I carry it to and from work everyday, these are really important features to me.
Just give me another 2GB RAM and I’ll be thrilled.
Sure, though there’s not a lot to see since Gnome Shell hides everything! When I’m at work I have an external monitor and keyboard connected as well, hence the strange look of the screenshot.
Interview conducted September 12, 2011
So to no one’s surprise, I made the switch to OpenSUSE 12.1 on my main laptop, a Lenovo T420i.
The main reason? I fell in love with GNOME shell. Sabayon LXDE was nice, but tiny things kept creeping up, like clamz not working to unpack Amazon music. It was nothing that impacted the usability of the machine, but it was just enough to make me open to switching distros.
I’ve been reading up on GNOME 3 and one thing I didn’t pick up in my review was that OpenSUSE has a curated GNOME shell implementation. They pre-installed some GNOME extensions that have made GNOME much better. For instance, OpenSUSE uses the extension that gives shell an option to power off. They also install the GNOME tweak tool by default.
Of course, that’s a little less necessary thanks to the GNOME extensions site that recently went live as an alpha. It allows one-click extension installation (and removal) from a web interface (as long as that interface is Firefox). There are some cool extensions, but I was most interested in the one that brings back traditional alt-tab behavior (GNOME 3 lets you tab between applications, not windows. To tab through application windows, you need to use alt-`, which just wasn’t ideal for me).
One thing that’s not so great about GNOME shell? The Nautilus file manager. For instance, to delete a file, you actually need to click ctrl-delete. Delete by itself doesn’t actually delete. Also, you can’t drag files into bookmarked folders via the file tree navigation. And apparently, it’s deliberate functionality. I didn’t want to uninstall it, since GNOME seems to have Nautilus do a lot of different things, so I just installed my beloved PCManFM file manager. GNOME treats it as the default, so I don’t even really see Nautilus anymore.
I wish the desktop calendar, which lives along the top panel, could read your Google Calendar directly. There’s a script to make that happen, but it seems easier to just have Evolution import the calendars for me (although it would also be nice if you could choose the calendar GNOME uses — I’m not a huge Evolution fan).
In general, I’m getting used to OpenSUSE. YaST, the software manager, is logical. OpenSUSE uses a lot of repositories, so I’m getting used to finding and adding those sorts of things. For example, KeePassX, my password manager, isn’t in one of the default repositories. I had to add a password management repository. And the restricted codecs are all in another repository. It’s a bit of a shift from Ubuntu and Sabayon, where just about everything is in one giant repository.
In general, though, I’m loving GNOME and OpenSUSE. It’s a very fast desktop environment, but also a very nice looking one. I mentioned the word cohesive in my previous review and I keep coming back to that concept. LXDE felt like a lot of nice parts that worked independently of each other. GNOME feels like all of the parts are in sync. It’s not a knock against LXDE, which is a great desktop environment in its own right, so much as its a tribute to OpenSUSE’s GNOME implementation.
Now, if they could just somehow extract Nautilus from the equation.
Systems administrators usually make for interesting interview subjects here, but I found Alan especially interesting because of the work he does (livestock research) and where he does it (Kenya). Alan’s setup is nice because it’s very much focused on accomplishing specific tasks and not tweaking stuff to death. There’s a lesson for me in that…
I’m Alan Orth, and I’m a systems administrator for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. ILRI is a non-governmental organization specializing in several areas of livestock research such as disease, breeding, animal health, genome sequencing, as well as related social issues like gender and market/economy. This kind of research generates a lot of data and requires lots of processing power, so we generally do all the heavy lifting on GNU/Linux-based clusters. On the side I document my experiences in kernel hacking and Android over at http://mjanja.co.ke.
I run Ubuntu 11.04 on both my main desktop and laptop. I’ve done a good deal of distro hopping over the past decade, but these days I don’t have the time/bandwidth/energy to ‘emerge world’ (leave alone compiling packages and satisfying dependencies manually), so I run Ubuntu because it “just works,” and has a relatively-stable/sane set of default software.
Most of my time (at work and home) is spent in a terminal (either gnome-terminal or rxvt-unicode), but I also rely heavily on Chrome, Firefox, Rhythmbox, and VirtualBox. At work I administrate a dozen or so GNU/Linux servers, so I’m usually quite busy adding users, checking cron jobs, reading log files, applying updates, and editing config files. Other than sed, awk, bash, perl, Apache, and a few other common utilities, most of the software used by our scientists isn’t in distro repositories, so I end up installing a lot of software manually. At home I use git, vim, and irssi a lot. It’s hard to do all that outside of the command line!
My work desktop is an HP Z400 (I think) with a quad-core Nehalem-based Xeon and 8 gigs of RAM, and my laptop is a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 with dual-core Sandy Bridge-based Core i7 and 8 gigs of RAM.
My ideal GNU/Linux setup would be more cores and faster disks. I don’t really need much RAM for MY work (other than for a few oddball virtual machines), but I spend a lot of time waiting for stuff to compile, so I’d like more processing power and possibly some solid-state disks. Also, I’d like it if all my future hardware had fully-supported, open-source drivers; wireless and graphics are generally a trouble area.
Here’s a picture of my desktop, a relatively-default Ubuntu 11.04 Unity. I like to keep it clean!
Interview conducted September 11, 2011
There’s been a lot of online discussion about if Linux Mint is now more popular than Ubuntu:
It makes no difference to me, either way, but I thought this blurb from the DuckDuckGo email newsletter was kind of interesting:
The big news from this month is we are now integrated into Linux Mint,
a popular open source operating system. This partnership helped us
grow about 20% month over month, to over 12 million direct searches.
You can read more about how we are working together here:
Twenty percent growth from becoming the default search in Mint seems like a huge jump to me. Mint might not be as popular as Ubuntu, but it definitely seems very popular.