Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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Might be a good idea...
by torturedutopian on Wed 30th Nov 2011 19:42 UTC
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... because, it doesn't "fork" the desktop the way Unity does (completely different look'n'feel, new specific APIs etc.).

As far as I'm concerned, it made me realize I could get used and actually enjoy the plain Gnome Shell desktop. Only had to disable the Mint extensions and switch to the default theme.

When you think about it, Gnome 3 is not such a mess. Only two releases so far and it's almost perfectly stable IMHO. KDE 4.x took much longer, and Unity is definitely not there yet.

My main complaint is : TOO MANY choices.

Regarding the distro choice... Arch is often refered to. It's indeed good, I've used it for years and always ended up giving up because of the rolling-release-state-of-the-art-model : there are always regressions and things not working properly.

I mean : who cares if it's not extremely recent or extremely good looking : it has to be stable first, this is the most important thing.

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