Ubuntu or mint

Just waiting on my new dell laptop. Its gonna be 32gb ssd ( root partition), 500gb sata (home partition),6gb ram, icore 7, touchscreen ( not that bothered though about this) currently using ubuntu but also have mint on another laptop and kinda like both so not sure what to go with… thoughts pretty please to help end my dilemma before it arrives? Many thanks

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Well you asked :wink:

Tried it, it’s an ok distro and great for old nachines but not for me.

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Hi jamieb158

Frankly I don’t think you’ll get a hard and fast answer to that question they’re both great distros and both from the same stable although radically different in look and feel so I’d say it’s purely down to personal choice

When I first started using Linux I started with Ubuntu and switched over to Mint because I disliked the Unity desktop but that’s not to say everyone else dislikes it, that’s the beauty of Linux you have a choice and this is one only you can make

Good luck


My views are exactly as Graeme’s and I followed the same route to Mint 13 KDE, which I’m very pleased with.

Currently I’m playing with Zorin on a 2nd HDD which looks very nice but it’s too early to recommend yet plus I’ve put Peppermint 4 on a little netbook for my wife. This is more of a stripped-down version of Linux but works very well too.

That’s the beauty of Linux - you get what you want, not just what you’re given! :wink:


I’m also biased, and I’ll say Mint :slight_smile:

If you’re sticking with an Ubuntu based distro, then bear in mind that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is due tomorrow, so I guess that could be a point for Ubuntu (you won’t have to wait a couple of months for Mint to do their thing). On balance, if you’re happy with Ubuntu, then go with it. It’s a great distro, and with a 5 year support period available from tomorrow’s release, it’s win-win. Techincally, if you hate Unity, you can always swap it out for Cinnamon or MATE, but I’ve always been wary about that - better to get it “right first time” imo

Thanks all, I do enjoy using unity and find it very productive but then i also find mint to be very slick looking & aesthetically pleasing hence i am kinda torn :frowning:

btw Zorin is a good distro, extremely stable but put side by side with mint does lack a little sheen.

Only you can decide which one to go for. For me there would be a choice of one - Mint. Unity is not for me.
While you at it why don’t you try distros not based on Ubuntu?

I recently tried an older Ubuntu (10.10) that I’d had on a Live CD for a couple of years, to compare it with Mint. It performed well on my aging system (Pentium 4, 2.4GHz). But I installed Ubuntu 12.04 to get some idea of the newer look and hated the Unity desktop. I installed the Gnome Classic shell which was better but still sluggish on my computer. I’m back with Mint 16 Mate now and love the look, feel, and all-round responsiveness of it.

I guess, if you had an up-to-date, lightning fast, multi-core setup with a hot graphics card and bags of RAM then speed isn’t going to be an issue. But I’m sticking with Mint as I’m a former XP user and it feels very familiar.

Installed Ubuntu 14.04 yesterday.

Early days …but running very well.


I have mint and zorrin on two Acer notebook computers and both run well without any problems . Good for internet browsing from an armchair.
My main desktop computer has Ubuntu which is more versatile and is exchangeable on caddies for Windows 7 and XP for the programmes I can get on Ubuntu… It depends what you want to use them for.

Let us know how ti goes :slight_smile:

Seems to be running very well.

The only gripe I have with it is a Keyring warning on start up.

Had this before and cant remember how to sort it.


Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run this command:

mv -v ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring.old

Expected output from that command =

'/home//.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring' -> '/home//.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring.old'

If that command runs without error … REBOOT.

When your system restarts, you will be prompted by “Authentication required by wireless network” … enter your WEP or WPA key, and click the “Connect” button.

You will THEN be prompted to “Choose password for new keyring” … eave BOTH fields BLANK (or use your current login password), and click the “OK” button.

You will then be warned about “Store passwords unencrypted?” … click the “Use Unsafe Storage” button.

You should not be prompted for a keyring password for wireless again. :slight_smile:

ben@ben-Dell-DV051:~$ mv -v ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring.old

No joy Mark.

On re-boot the same keyring box appears…No mention of wireless.

This only happens when opening Chromium… Firefox opens normally.


Sorry, didn’t realise it was a Chrome thing … see if any of the solutions here work:

Thanks Mark…Got it from your link.

As described here you can set the keyring password to blank.

Go to System/Preferences/Password and Encryption keys, right click the appropriate folder and click Change Password. Put in your old password and leave the new one blank…

Jocklad :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

I’m “guessing” you could also set the password to be the same as your login password.

or was it already set that way ?

It was set with login password and box still appeared.

Leaving the new password box empty works.


OK, thanks :slight_smile: