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I wanted to look at another distro, so downloaded LinuxMint 3.0. I understood the description to say it used the gnome DE, but it sure looks like KDE to me. I am way new, but that is how it looks.
Can anyone tell me if 3.0 can be found with native gnome DE, or will I have to go with an older version to get gnome?
Thanks for any help.
Believe it or not, it is Gnome. Its not referring to the GUI though, its referring to the package libraries and code. If I recall, Mint uses a Gnome interface that has underwent a fair amount of tweaking by the developers(most not for the better, IMO).
Are you looking to stick with Debian based Distro? If so, no reason not to try a pure Debian install. I just installed Etch on my laptop the other day, and its familiarity to someone with Ubuntu experience is great. I did the Net install, and it took about 40min.
If you like Mint, I really don't see why you couldn't install the regular gnome desktop, but I'm not sure how you'd go about that.
I am very much the NOOB, so still looking for a newbie friendly distro. Would you describe Etch as newbie friendly?
Ubuntu is the only distro I have spent any time with, and I grew to really like the DE.
No reason I can't play with another a little longer. The Linux Mint reminded me more of Windows, where Ubuntu looks completely different, which was OK by me.
Well, depending on your experience with Ubuntu(where a majority of my Linux Experience is), Debian could be very easy. For me, the switch to Etch was very simple. Only thing I really had to get used to was using an actual root user (su) instead of sudo. Etc can still use Sudo if you add users tot he sudoers list, but Ive not bothered with that. Ubuntu is probably the "easiest" distro to pick up and use, IMO. Its fairly fast, complete, and community support is excellent.