Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 21:23 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Linux "Ubuntu, once the darling of desktop Linux and the overwhelmingly popular choice for newcomers, may soon lose that role to Mint." I switched to Mint KDE, and have no intention of going back. By the way, KDE4 is finally good (don't hit me, Aaron) - fast, fluid, stable, pretty, and thanks to its versatility, a joy to use after a few hours of tweaking. Just... Please, unify Plasma and the regular widget style. This is insanity.
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I am not sure about the logic
by LinuxCanuck on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:05 UTC
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Mint is not the most widely used distro regardless what Distrowatch says. Ubuntu is still the front runner by any metric that is actually based on data. So you are using a distro based on the front runner with pretensions of greatness that it cannot hope to live up to. Mint is dividing its eggs into too many baskets and is bound to come up short. It is just a matter of time before people realise this.

Mint needs to decide on one desktop and it can't seem to do that. As for Mint KDE why use something that comes out a month or two after Ubuntu after waiting for six months for changes that you can get in Kubuntu right away?

The biggest problem with Mint is that it cannot sit on the fence forever. You need to make decisions that will eventually PO some of your users or you are not making the right decisions. You cannot be everything in the quest for popularity which is what they are trying to be.

It is no longer the most newbie friendly distro. It does not have an upgrade tool. It requires the user to make too many up front decisions. Mate? Cinnamon? KDE? WTF are they anyway to a refugee from Windows which offers zero choice?

Ubuntu has the right strategy. It is adding value. While Mint is trying to recapture the past, Ubuntu is moving forward at a pace that Mint cannot hope to compete with. Besides GNOME is a dead horse to flog. Basing two of your three desktops on a loser is not a good option, IMO.

I am NOT an Ubuntu user. I have used KDE for over ten years and started with Mandrake. I like most distros, but Mint totally baffles me. It is neither fish nor fowl and I do not like that. I respect Clem and wish that he would get off the fence and decide where to concentrate his efforts and quit reading his press clippings.

I remember PCLOS only too well with its pretensions of being more than it was.

Edited 2013-01-03 23:05 UTC

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