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installation seems to be rather large for Linux Mint w/ Cinnamon (as in larger than a CD sized) but I may be remembering that wrong.
Yes that is the case, a bit of a pain, but you can always use USB drives to run the installer. And there is also the possibility of remastering the ISO files without things like OpenOffice, Java, and all the other stuff you might not need.
I kind of like Mint with Cinnamon, but had an issue at installation. I've got a GeForce GT 640 and trying to login into Cinammon after install put me right back to login screen with no information whatsoever as to what happened.
Had to login using Gnome (or MATE don't remember) to go to install the proprietary NVidia driver and then be able to login with Cinammon.
I don't mind installing the driver, just let me know what happened when login fails.
Also, trying to tell Linux through NVidia control panel that my primary monitor is the second (task bar on the right monitor, not the left) is quite a challenge! Had to go change an XML file somewhere in my configs to change the primary monitor setting!
Unfortunately Linux still isn't the easiest thing to use. Configuration GUIs still have a long way to go. In my CentOS install my firewall doesn't work right when I run it from the link, it can't change the settings (even though it asks for root password, so it should be able to). You have to start the GUI from a terminal as root for it to work right.
Have you ever tried installing the "live" CD without an internet connection? ...the installer fails with absolutely no warning/error, it just doesn't do anything. Happened to me... there was something wrong the router but how the heck would I know it failed?
What exactly does this "Zentyal" provide that you can't just set-up yourself in Linux? I don't see any benefits to paying for this...
I use the Ubuntu LTS for a SVN/Samba share server... works well... the graphics aren't really an issue because you're not going to be constantly logged on to it (have a window session). You can pretty much do all the administration via SSH. I use Putty on the Windows side to access SSH, Tortoise SVN as a Windows client.