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#1 nrjperera



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:39

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I've tried them both and love them both. Having trouble deciding which one's the best and to settle down with. Ubuntu's Unity is not a problem to me, I like it. But Mint's Cinnamon is also gorgeous.

I've decided to use an open source OS on my new laptop. and I need to pick one from these two. I know this topic has been discussed before. But the latest releases of Ubuntu and Linux Mint have greater improvements than ever before. So, I'm in trouble.

Help me decide which one's the best.
Most votes win.
I appreciate all your help in advance :)

#2 EyEvil


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:43

I don't like what Ubuntu did with their desktop lately and Mint (Mate) is very lightweight

#3 cork1958



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:50

Only 3 votes as of now, including mine, but a no brainer here!!

Mint, all the way!!

#4 68k


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:59

Note: you're not really comparing OSs here; just window managers.

Linux is all about customization. Install different window managers (GNOME/KDE/XCFE/LXDE), experiment, then decide. You have much more customization options than on Windows/Mac on Linux. Don't forget to install Compiz too (for desktop effects).

No one could guess the version of Linux I'm running just by looking at my desktop...

Either distro would do the job for me. The first thing to go if I were to install Ubuntu is GNOME 3/Unity - I'm not a fan of it. I mainly use LXDE because of its speed and efficiency.

Window managers can be installed through the Software Center.

Alternatively, you could try out a few Ubuntu variant Live CDs:

Kubuntu (KDE):

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Xubuntu (XCFE):

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Lubuntu (LXDE):

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#5 Darrian


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:00

I voted for Ubuntu, but I also encourage you to check out Elementary OS, which is Ubuntu-based.

#6 Max Norris

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:23

Between these two choices for out of the box desktops (you can run them on other distros) I'd go with Mint, although neither would be my first choice. Not liking where Unity is headed along with a few questionable moves by Canonical. Much prefer the direction Cinnamon is going, namely the destupidification of the Gnome desktop along with a few nice additions thrown in. Probably be a bit friendlier on the laptop's battery too as a guess.

#7 shaneHudson12



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:31

according to me Linux is better than Ubuntu. i don't like Ubuntu...my vote goes for Linux :)

#8 Mindovermaster


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:03

I pick Ubuntu or Debian. But I use Gnome Shell instead of Unity.

#9 devilotX


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:11

I have to vote for ubuntu because Mint doesn't really like upgrading to new versions, it's more of a wipe/reinstall thing, which isn't horrible.

if you're going Mint, Go Debian Edition!!!!

but Ubuntu LTS is a great OS, and there are options for unity haters, even the the gnome-fallback session is quite nice.

#10 firey



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:14

I'd go with Mint. Cinnamon == teh best. I run Debian Wheezy with Cinnamon as the DE with nice dark GTK Themes, and Faenza icons. Would never know it was Debian by looking at it.

#11 +fusi0n


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:19

Ubuntu 13.04 with Gnome Fallback

#12 Thingol



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:19

I strongly recommend Elementary OS. It is the fastest one. Also very stable and georgeous.

#13 James7


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 13:55

I've liked Unity for a long time. I just stay with LTS versions for the most part, especially as Ubuntu have really reduced support periods for non-LTS versions.

But you could have more than one desktop on a system of course, and choose as you go. In theory I would love KDE and I do like it. I use several KDE-native programs on Unity. Maybe I should give KDE another try....

#14 guitmz



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 14:02

elementary OS all the way hehehe

#15 OP nrjperera



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 14:23

I just saw some previews of elementary OS. It looks amazing.
But it's still in Beta and I didn't see any big community for it. And I really can't afford to deal with bugs and issues, since I will be doing some serious work on the computer.

I only have very limited free time and it's not enough to experiment with all these Linux distros.
That's why I'm asking you guys to make the decision.
And no, it's not a stupid idea. I trust you guys :)