I’m running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my main PC, and I am happy with it. The Mint team does a great job, and it mostly Just Works. However, there is one chronic issue I first noticed in Mint 13, and it’s still present in 17: the VLC media player, which I think is the best of all media players, is broken. It plays movies and music all right. But it plays CD tracks in the wrong order: it starts at 10 instead of 1. It does not start CDs cleanly, but always starts with skips and stutters. It does not download album art or track titles.
After banging around trying to find a solution, I gave up and installed Banshee. Banshee works perfectly: correct track order, correct album art, and no skips or stutters. However, the installer does not create an entry for it in the system menu. As the immortal sage Roseanne Roseannadanna says, it’s always something. No worries. For now I start it from the Alt+F2 launcher, and someday will figure out how to create a menu icon, and how to edit Mint’s “start with” dialog, which out of the box is also a random freak show, all full of WINE entries and WINE apps like Notepad. None of which are installed.
See how Banshee does everything correctly, with no backtalk:
**Addendum: Right-click on the Mint menu to find the button to open the menu editor. The Open With dialog has magically healed itself, hurrah, so now I have it all:**