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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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
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!
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
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.
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.