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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Reluctantly using Mint
by Gone fishing on Fri 4th Jan 2013 00:39 UTC
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I think it is clear that Ubuntu has a lot more users than Mint. However as I posted before I am currently using Mint because of the Amazon search on the home lens.

So let me say why:

I don't want my use, of my computer, being sent to Amazon or even Canonical. Moreover I might be behaving illegally if I leave shopping lens on and could loose my job. I use my computer to write reports about children that includes on occasion sensitive information. If I use the dash for local searches some of that information leaks to Canonical and Amazon and I would think in the future Wikipedia the BBC etc. This could be gross misconduct on my part.

Yes I could turn off the shopping lens feature or uninstall it but I shouldn't have my data transmitted across the Internet by default.

This is a feature I do not want enabled by default for a second reason. I don't want my Desktop turned into a vehicle for collecting information about me to send targeted advertising, I don't want my Desktop Gatorised and I think this can be legitimately described as spyware, but possibly more importantly, bombarding me with adverts makes my computer less usable.

I don't think, however, that Canonical is simply trying to moneyterize Ubuntu but genuinely trying to make Ubuntu more web aware and more useful. Possibly this implementation is simply half baked. I can see that if the feature includes more on line searches and much more user control over where when and how it searches it could be a really useful addition to the Unity Desktop.

I am certainly prepared to go back to Ubuntu in fact I probably will, I'm probably going to go back to 12.04 most friends that I have spoken to using 12.10 suggest that it has more issues than the shopping lens being slow is one. I hope that Canonical put some serious thought into 13.04 including listening to criticism - you don't get new users by pissing off existing users. I currently think Unity is a better interface than Cinnamon so please Canonical don't force me away.

I can see many things are going well for Ubuntu Valve, steam come to mind so lets hope 2013 will be a better year for Canonical

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