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RandyGG 02-04-2015 10:30 PM

Mint or Ubuntu?
Sorry if this has been discussed, im inclined to believe it has. Im getting that new machine on Friday and plan to create the partition immediately and install either one, i only said Ubuntu because i havent tried Mint (yet).

So would you mind telling me why you like Mint or why you like Ubuntu and why you prefer the one over the other. I will download some Mibt ISO's tomorrow, i have plenty Ubuntu's, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Kali, Gentoo and a cple others, just not Mint..

Also, i am in MPLS/St Paul, willing to pay for some help to tutor me around a couple config issues (cash-in person, perhaps a coffee shop meeting. (I hope thats not breaking a rule, i just need to tweak a cple issues and would love some hands on experience.

Thanks in advance


frankbell 02-04-2015 10:48 PM


It is an all-around better distro. I wouldn't use Ubuntu on a bet since Unity, but I use Mint every day.

Ubuntu lost me when they decided that the Unity desktop was the bee's knees and the cat's meow. Not only I, but also the bees and the cats disagreed.

Mint will also include all the media codecs you might want to use. I usually install Mint-MATE desktop flavor, but then install and use Enlightenment as my preferred window manager.

Just my two cents.

hilyard 02-04-2015 11:11 PM

+1 Mint.
Though I encountered a bug or two with Mint 17 XFCE.

Mint is usually out-of-the-box for finding hardware and installing appropriate drivers.

The only 'buntu I'd recommend nowadays is Lite 2.2

Ztcoracat 02-05-2015 12:45 AM

-:-Go with Linux Mint-:-

I was glad that I did-;)

As far as 'hands on experience' install Linux and use it everyday. As you become more acquainted with your distribution and develop your skills with the techniques of package management and command-line you'll be there before you know it:-

For the configuration issues and the things you'd like to tweak you could always post those issues the specifics and details of them in another thread and get assistance that way. (just an idea)

beachboy2 02-05-2015 01:51 AM

Definitely Mint.

Easy to use and very reliable.

Avoid Ubuntu's Unity. It is the Linux equivalent of Windows 8.1 in my opinion.

I use Linux Mint 17.1 MATE and Ubuntu 14.04 MATE, both Long Term editions.

KC1DI 02-05-2015 06:04 AM

Hi RandyGG,

As the others have said I think you won't go wrong with mint, I particularity like their mate desktop version.
Happy computing.

colorpurple21859 02-05-2015 06:30 AM

I prefer Xubuntu, have always ran into issues with mint.

m.a.l.'s pa 02-05-2015 08:03 AM

Mint's very nice; I like Cinnamon, and I like Nemo better than Nautilus. But there are a few reasons why I prefer Ubuntu over Mint, including the following:

- I like Unity better than Cinnamon, and I have no interest in using MATE because I don't miss GNOME 2 at all.

- Mint is based on Ubuntu and uses the Ubuntu repos. When I ran Mint, I found myself referring to Ubuntu's documentation much of the time; I felt that Ubuntu had superior documentation, and that much (if not most) of it applied to Mint.

- With .deb distros, I prefer to use Synaptic, but Mint cripples Synaptic (no "Mark All Upgrades" button). Major annoyance for me. I don't like Mint's system of holding back Level 4 and Level 5 updates.

RandyGG 02-05-2015 09:07 AM

Wow, sounds like id be missing out if i dont go with Mint! Thanks everyone, i will download some iso's today and prepare for my new toy tomorrow!very appreciated my friends.



RandyGG 02-05-2015 09:10 AM

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Soadyheid 02-05-2015 10:27 AM

I used Ubuntu up to 10.04 lts, it was great and did everything I wanted to do easily, then my BIOS went on the fritz and the PS would no longer boot. I replaced the Mobo and, as 10.04 lts had gone end-of-life during the rebuild, I changed to 12.04 with Unity desktop...
Like most of the posters above, I could navigate round it but didn't like it, plus I was having to try and sort out video drivers, nVidia or Noveau? Loads of problems. I tried Mint 17 from the free DVD on Linux Format magazine and was pretty impressed, I've since installed it and all is now back to being sweetness and light.

Let us know how you get on and what you think. :)

Play Bonny!


Head_on_a_Stick 02-05-2015 10:36 AM

I vote for Mint 'cos they're doing to Shuttleworth what he did to Debian...

And I really like their MATE desktop.

suicidaleggroll 02-05-2015 11:15 AM


Ubuntu went to shit after 10.04. Mint takes Ubuntu, strips out all of the buggy crap, switches to a better DE (anything would be better than Unity), improves driver/hardware support, and just cleans and straightens things up all around.

JeremyBoden 02-05-2015 11:47 AM

Mint = ease of use. Especially with Cinnamon.
You could try the LMDE version if you want it based more on Debian.

gor0 02-05-2015 03:30 PM


Originally Posted by m.a.l.'s pa (Post 5312458)

- With .deb distros, I prefer to use Synaptic, but Mint cripples Synaptic (no "Mark All Upgrades" button). Major annoyance for me

for what is

aptitude update && aptitude upgrade
??? ???


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