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Old 10-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Question Linux Mint 13 or Ubuntu 12.04 - Which one is better?


I'm kinda new to Linux. I've already tried out Ubuntu. But I'd like to know if I should replace it with Linux Mint 13. People are saying it's good. But I'm not sure..

Help me out guys..?
 
Old 10-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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Which one is better is personal opinion. We can't answer that for you.

Linux Mint is based off of Ubuntu. It should behave similar, with Mint's own added extras. I believe their CDs are live CDs, and they have a few default desktops to chose from.
 
Old 10-21-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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The big difference is the default user interface. Ubuntu has Unity, Mint has Maté and Cinnamon. Which one you prefer is up to you.

There's also a difference in attitude. In Ubuntu, the panel is at the top of the screen. You can't move it to the bottom, because Mark Shuttleworth says that he's devoted a lot of effort to designing Unity and he doesn't want people spoiling it! But when Clement wanted to decide whether to use Cinnamon or Mate, he asked the users to vote. It was close, so he gives you both to keep every one happy.

The fact that Mint is based on Ubuntu has one advantage, that bad bugs get caught before Mint is released. Ubuntu 12.04 wouldn't install on some computers and had to be replaced by 12.04.1. Mint came without that bug.
 
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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Mint is based on Ubuntu so there is not a lot to be gained by switching.

Broaden your scope to include some of the top choices at distrowatch.com.

Most of them can be tried as a live cd/dvd/usb.
 
Old 10-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #5
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Mint also has XFCE and KDE, both very customizable.
 
Old 10-22-2012, 12:34 AM   #6
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The big difference is the default user interface. Ubuntu has Unity, Mint has Maté and Cinnamon. Which one you prefer is up to you.

There's also a difference in attitude. In Ubuntu, the panel is at the top of the screen. You can't move it to the bottom, because Mark Shuttleworth says that he's devoted a lot of effort to designing Unity and he doesn't want people spoiling it! But when Clement wanted to decide whether to use Cinnamon or Mate, he asked the users to vote. It was close, so he gives you both to keep every one happy.

The fact that Mint is based on Ubuntu has one advantage, that bad bugs get caught before Mint is released. Ubuntu 12.04 wouldn't install on some computers and had to be replaced by 12.04.1. Mint came without that bug.
So would it be wrong if I said that Mint is an advanced version of Ubuntu?
 
Old 10-22-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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So would it be wrong if I said that Mint is an advanced version of Ubuntu?
Some people (who've probably used neither) would say no; others call Mint "Ubuntu done properly"! The fact that Mint is built after the release of Ubuntu does mean that a lot of bugs are removed. For example, I mentioned the bug that prevented Ubuntu from installing on some computers. This afternoon, I've been trying to test Xubuntu 12.10. One one occasion, the disk started correctly and I was able to run the disk test, confirming that it had been burnt correctly. On the other occasions, it rushed straight into the live session, which failed because udev-fallback-graphics wouldn't work and there was a segmentation fault in part of Xfce. This sort of thing doesn't happen in Mint.

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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So would it be wrong if I said that Mint is an advanced version of Ubuntu?
How about Ubuntu with Added Choice?

Mind you, I don't know if Unity is one of those choices, because most Mint users I hear of are trying to get away from it. Is it?
 
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So would it be wrong if I said that Mint is an advanced version of Ubuntu?
I think it would be wrong. It is a different version. They have some similar design goals, but also some different goals and they don't share the same development philosophy. It is different the same way that Salix and Slackware or Mepis and Debian are different, one is based on the other but has a different goal.
Which one is better or more advanced is up to you to decide.
 
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:43 PM   #10
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Linux Mint is very similiar to Ubuntu, but Mint has a different philosophy. Mint is more laid back on including only free software. They include some non-free codecs that Ubuntu chooses to not to have. Mint comes as a DVD, Ubuntu has always been offered as a CD until recently (Quantal is 750 MB).
And the teams that make these two distros are different also. Mint is made by a relatively small team, while Ubuntu is made by a big team and managed by a corporation (Canonical).
And correct me if I'm wrong Mint 13 requires more disc space and more ram
Mint = at least 5.6 GB
Precise = at least 4.4 GB

Both have worked great for me.
 
Old 10-23-2012, 10:42 AM   #11
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Ubuntu does have the codecs: it just downloads them during installation rather than putting them on the disk. This means that the disk can be sold or used as a magazine cover disk in the USA without anyone getting sued. Mint puts the codecs on the standard disk, and produces a separate disk for distribution in the USA and Japan.

The Canonical team doesn't produce all that much — the installer, the Unity shell, the package installer — the rest is straight out of Debian.
 
Old 10-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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Ubuntu does have the codecs: it just downloads them during installation rather than putting them on the disk. This means that the disk can be sold or used as a magazine cover disk in the USA without anyone getting sued. Mint puts the codecs on the standard disk, and produces a separate disk for distribution in the USA and Japan.

The Canonical team doesn't produce all that much — the installer, the Unity shell, the package installer — the rest is straight out of Debian.
Ubuntu modifies most of Debian's packages to fit Ubuntu. While they are very similar, they are not interchangeable, at least not without stability issues.
 
Old 10-23-2012, 11:07 AM   #13
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So would it be wrong if I said that Mint is an advanced version of Ubuntu?
I wouldn't say that.

Anyway, which one is better is certainly a matter of opinion. Here, I ran both Ubuntu and Mint on the same machine for something like four years, maybe longer. Things got to a point where I felt that Mint gave me nothing I wanted that I couldn't get with Ubuntu; I still run Ubuntu, but stopped running Mint.
 
Old 10-23-2012, 11:24 AM   #14
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I was running Linux Mint Debian Edition on my laptop. It behaved more like Ubuntu than Debian. Over all it was ok until I tried upgrading packages. Most upgrades conflicted with Mint specific packages and were removed.
 
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Simple solution is to install LinuxMint in a virtual machine. VirtualBox is in the Ubuntu repos. Look for it in the Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager. For more info about Virtualbox either check out their website https://www.virtualbox.org/ or in the terminal, after you have installed Virtualbox, type, man Virtualbox . You can test LinuxMint and all the different distros you want without having to backup and resinstall each time. Test all you want and find out what one you like and want to install to your hardrive.

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