Re: Ubuntu vs Mint
Unity sorta does work out for tablets and stuff, and they seem to be moving that direction, but there are many ways around this, like the derivatives of Ubuntu. I use Xubuntu for example. It is a bit more desktop friendly if you ask me, but so is mint and the such with that. Even if you get one of the Desktops, and do not like the interface later down the road, it is possible to switch to another Desktop-environment! I have LXDE as my second DE on there, which is what Lubuntu does. That is pretty easy to do.
Yes, Ubuntu seems to be breaking away in somethings from the community, like when they made Unity, (made a lot of people switch their distros.) and the GNU ask for us not to support Ubuntu, so this gets even more of the people to break away. But we will be seeing a rise in people use it over the years because it can be changed so easily to fit for another kind of environment, tablet, laptop, desktop, server, game systems, etc. And people sadly do not like so much freedom of choice, Linux users do. So when Canonical said, Here is unity, this is how we compute, Linux users were not happy. But it works for the public basically.
I still see it being supported for years, not quite restricted to like what Windows is. (Thank God, Microsoft is crazy to tell us how to compute.) So you can try it if you want on a liveDVD or something, I just had a friend switch to Ubuntu, he is liking it, and it is fine. I was thinking of trying Mint, But Mint is really just Ubuntu changed up a bit. I have heard some lack luster reviews about it, but if you do not want to fiddle setting up flash, and want it to work out of the box, Mint might be the one for you. (Though Ubuntu works out the box for me, I still had to go get flash, download media codecs, since you do not worry about that, that might not be an issue for you.)
You might look into Xubuntu if you want something that is suppose to be lighter-weight, but you will need to get the office suite like libre office yourself if you do.
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