Did a fresh install when it became Beta and have been updating ever since. All here has been working fine Stable and just works.
I Highly recommend this version. I've been using it on a Lenovo Thinkpad t450 without problems. I don't do gaming just ordinary stuff like word processing some audio...
Yep, your right apt-get is old hat. But this is not apt it's deb-get :) Different animal. Though apt-get still works with many commands apt is the preferred method today. Here's a write up on the differences between the two commands (apt v apt-get)
I posted this before but with mint 21 out thought it might be of interest again to some people.
deb-get is a nifty little tool that allows installing 3rd party apps just like they would be installed if they were native apps.
It will work on all Ubuntu and derivative distros, including Mint. Was...
Clem has released the upgrade instructions for those wishing to upgrade their version of Mint to version 21.
If your running Version 20.3 go Here.
If an older version of Mint go here:
My personal preference is to do a complete fresh install of a new major version. But to each their own.
It all depends on your hardware. I think it would be worthwhile.
You should be able to upgrade from 20 to 21 in a few days.
I usually prefer to backup my important data and do a fresh clean install to a new major version. But many report the upgrade works well for them. In any event upgrade...
With mint you need to change the repositories to the new Addresses to do the upgrade. They try to let the smoke settle so to speak from the final release and a few days later give instruction on the upgrade procedure. With Mint 21 there will be a new upgrade tool also.
I would have to agree with the sage advice already given. Test drive the distros of interest on real hardware no VM's and see which one 1. works with your machine best and 2. is pleasing for you to use. You can narrow down the number you test by making a list of what you think you need/want in...
I likewise have not had any problems with DE stability for any of the modern versions. It comes down to Hardware and personal choice. Choose the Desktop that best suit your needs and works best with your Hardware. I would say that you should not use Gnome if you have lower spec equipment...
It depends which Distro are you using? If it's a laptop I would set aside about 2 to 4 gbs swap for suspend and hibernate if you use them. If not with most distros today there is little need for a separate swap partition. One of the old rules of thumb was a swap 1/2 the size of installed ram...
Sounds like you downloaded the .iso to a usb drive without burning it. I may be wrong. But if you did that it will not work.
You need to burn the .iso to the usb then do the install not just copy it to the hard drive. But give us some more info.
What is your machine? ram. etc?
Sound like you may have an Nvidia Graphics card. If so you will need to install Nvidia driver for it to work properly
As far as the wireless card you will also need the correct driver to make it work. See here. Unfortunately I don't see the 8188 listed as supported...