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Old 11-21-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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Kubuntu or Linux Mint


What do you guys think of Linux Mint in comparison to Kubuntu ? which one would you rather use and why ?

I read on hecticgeek blog that kubuntu had a lighter RAM footprint, faster on file copying and faster to shut down (although slower to boot up). Comments ?

EDIT : I'm not looking for an answere, I'm looking for opinions.

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Old 11-21-2019, 08:27 PM   #2
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If I had to vote, I'd vote for Mint, but, honestly, both work quite nicely.

Why not try burning Live CDs of both, testing them out, and picking the one that feels most comfortable for you?

Of the Mints, I tend to prefer the MATE desktop, but I've used Cinnamon and it works quite nicely also. Of course, you could install either and then install and use KDE/Plasma.
 
Old 11-23-2019, 06:47 AM   #3
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The LQ rules really should include a "Do not post Best Distro Questions" rule.
 
Old 01-20-2020, 06:19 PM   #4
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I am a Kubuntu user and I recently tried Mint. Mint is pretty descent but has a flat look like Win 10. I only tried it for 2 h. I'm sure I can reconfigure the UI and get rid of that flat look.
Anyway, if you want to go with Kubuntu, I can send you my info file and you can configure the look to be a little like Win95/XP.
Also, I noticed that Kubuntu displays kiB MiB TiB and Mint shows as kB MB TB. I wish there was an option to choose between them. I go with the traditional kB = 1024 bytes.

Sometimes, the disk indexer demons crashes on Kubuntu.
The software search app (Discover) seems screwy.

The bottom line is that it is about choice. Configure it to be exactly as you wish and keep notes.
 
Old 01-20-2020, 06:55 PM   #5
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Personally, I'd go for Mint with Mate. I don't care for KDE these days.
 
Old 02-13-2020, 10:23 PM   #6
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If you want to get straight to work, I would choose Linux Mint. If you want to tinker and use your OS as a source of entertainment (on top of getting other things done, of course) then I would choose Kubuntu. Mint was my first Distro, and I just got done with a week on Kubuntu. Mint doesn't seem to have all the flair that KDE does, but it is a super solid distro. Kubuntu was a nice ride, I had no real issues with it. Give both a try, they are different from eachother, but learning the in's and out's of both shouldnt take too much time. My only personal annoyance i had with Kubuntu is there was a few too many things I had to get off snap because I couldn't find them in discover. Kubuntu's performance was slightly better than mint for me. It would start up quicker, and applications would load quicker, but as with most things KDE, once I started installing themes and such, there were minor bugs. If you dont want to deal with that, I'd just go with Mint.
 
Old 02-14-2020, 11:44 AM   #7
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I always advise people to get the distro which gives maximum support for their desktop. Take my word for it, you do not want Xfce on Fedora, for example! How many Mint users have KDE? The KDE installer was dropped because there was so little interest. If I liked KDE, then I'd go for PCLinuxOS or OpenSUSE.

If you are simply comparing Mint Mate with Kubuntu, then it's apples and oranges!
 
Old 02-14-2020, 12:10 PM   #8
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Agree with DavidMcCann: OpenSuse's KDE implementation was (for me anyway) stellar. Best I have used. Having said that, OpenSuse like all Linux distros, has it's issues as well, but for the most part it is very good.

Mint is an Ubuntu derivative and so is Kubuntu, albeit on a different scale (different desktop).
 
Old 02-14-2020, 12:44 PM   #9
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So it's settled on Slackware?

I also agree, you want to maybe try live, ... whatever you're considering, and see how well it performs, then consider installing it.

I love Mint, started using Ubuntu, but back in versions 9 or 10. Also used various others, but Mint is my current one. I also use one specific choice of Mint which works best for me. It may not work best for you.
 
Old 02-14-2020, 02:10 PM   #10
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Debian is my, biased, pick. It's the basis of Kubuntu and Mint and allows one to install whichever desktop environment one prefers (as they both do, actually) but needs a more considered install for things like non-free drivers which, in my experience, makes things less likely to go wrong for some frustratingly unknown reason.
Oh, yah, and Slackware where you really should learn you stuff and, in my experience, takes time to grasp but you will not be told how to do anything and no "wizard" will set things up as someone else though you might like it.
 
Old 02-14-2020, 04:58 PM   #11
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Take my word for it, you do not want Xfce on Fedora, for example!

Hmm... I'm happy as all hell with Xfce on Slack, but maybe that's just me.
 
Old 02-15-2020, 11:54 AM   #12
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Hmm... I'm happy as all hell with Xfce on Slack, but maybe that's just me.
I too use Xfce. But the trouble with Fedora is that Red Hat are so wedded to Gnome that their configuration tools usually need it to display their help, and some won't install at all without it. Also, they don't really have a graphical package manager: if you have Gnome or KDE you get one provided by the desktop, but if you have Xfce you get an ancient thing called Yumex the last time I looked, it could only search the repository by name, not by description. Of course, as a Slacker you're used to having next to no GUI tools, I presume!
 
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Old 02-15-2020, 03:12 PM   #13
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Of course, as a Slacker you're used to having next to no GUI tools, I presume!

Heh! I've managed over the years.
 
  


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