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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Whatever you may feel, I and have many others found Mint to be exactly what the Linux desktop needs. Ubuntu has been progressively becoming overly commercialized, and Unity along with GNOME 3 are both regressions in terms of usability and functionality compared to traditional desktops like KDE4, GNOME 2/MATE, and XFCE.

Furthermore, it seems to me that the quality of Ubuntu releases has been declining, particularly with 12.10.

Linux Mint gives a polished, more reliable Ubuntu, with many DE choices to suit a variety of Linux users.

Why make decisions to piss off users? The way it is now, it offers choice to satisfy almost anyone, and gives a higher quality, more polished release than what Ubuntu offers.

Mint adds value by taking Ubuntu, polishing it, fixing leftover bugs in Ubuntu, and replacing Unity with more functional and less annoying DEs. Ubuntu takes Linux, and makes it less usable by tacking on Unity.

What is Ubuntu gaining by pissing off its users? Ubuntu is losing community support at a pace that Mint cannot hope to compete with.

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