Any experiences with Linux Mint and MATE?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Oct 13 06:04:15 UTC 2020

Hi everyone,
I've been trying to install Slint on my HP laptop and encountering various errors.
I made an appointment in a couple of days, with a local computer shop where some of the technicians work with Linux so they are going to try to help me figure out what is going on. 
Most likely it is just some mistakes that I'm making as a beginner, that is the most likely possibility.
But there is a chance that perhaps Slint just might not be compatible with my particular model of laptop. Its an HP, and I know that some people use Slint on HPs and it works just fine for them. So its probably just user error on my part as a beginner. But it might also be incompatible with my particular hardware. I don't know yet. We'll see.
If it doesn't work out on the HP, then I will try installing Slint on a Dell.
I've explored Slint on a live bootable disk and I really like it, so I am determined to learn it. I just don't know yet if it will install properly on my particular model of HP, or if I will need to install it on the Dell instead. Either way, I am looking forward to learning my way around Slint once I get it installed on either one of those computers.
But just in case Slint might not work out on the HP and I end up installing it on the Dell instead, I would like to have a choice of an alternative Distro to try installing on the HP. I want to walk into the shop with a backup alternative Distro installation disk in hand, so that if Slint doesn't work out for the HP and I end up putting it on the Dell, we could still attempt to install a different Distro on the HP while I'm there in the shop with the technicians. 
I'm considering a mainstream Distro as a secondary option for the HP. 
Ubuntu is apparently quite easy to use, but it also has a reputation for collecting more telemetry than other Distros. I don't know if this is still true, or if Ubuntu has improved in recent times.
So I was thinking maybe Linux Mint with MATE? Apparently Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, but without the telemetry. Do any of you have experience with Linux Mint with MATE?
Somewhere I read about a blind guy who was using Linux Mint with MATE as the GUI. I think he said that Cinnamon had accessibility issues. But I think he had success with MATE. 
Do any of you use Linux Mint?
If so, is there a way to get it to speak during install? Like press S or something?
If any of you are using Mint successfully and could paste a direct link to an accessible installation version, or perhaps instructions as to how to activate accessibility on a regular install, that would be awesome.
Suggestions for other beginner friendly Distros are welcome. 
I look forward to meeting with the technicians in a couple of days and hopefully we can get Slint up and running on the HP. If not, I'll be trying it on the Dell. But as for the HP, I'd like to come prepared with an alternative option of Distro, just in case. 

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