Originally Posted by lordlucifer
I asked in LQ, yahoo and tried googling to choose between ubuntu 14 and mint 16. Everyone says something different.And in mint some say cinnamon is ugly, some say mate is sluggish and some say xfce is old. I also heard ubuntu lacks inbuilt applications and slower than mint.
As far as GUIs are concerned:
Ubuntu's Unity makes you computer look as if it's trying to turn into a smart phone of tablet. Some people like that, but if you're the sort of person who accumulates a lot of software, or often uses several programs at once, or who likes to customise, then you won't be happy. The last time I looked at Unity, you couldn't even move the panel from the top of the screen to the bottom if you wanted to. It's only slower on older computers, though.
Whether Cinnamon is ugly obviously depends on your idea of ugly. And how much time do you spend admiring a desktop?! Since it's a Mint special, it has fewer people working on it than Xfce or Mate, and as a derivative of Gnome its development may be vulnerable to later changes in Gnome.
Mate is not sluggish.
Xfce is certainly the oldest complete desktop for Linux, but it's continuously developed with new features. The one thing it doesn't do is add eye-candy. If you want zooming or bouncing icons, look elsewhere!
My advice is to stop dithering, install Mint Mate, and use it. If eventually you decide to change, you can always do so. But if messing about with computers is not actually a hobby, don't become a distro-hopper (or desktop-hopper, for that matter) or you'll never get used to any of them.