Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu: Which Distro Should You Choose?
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Linux Mint and Ubuntu are both known as two of the most newbie-friendly Linux desktops around. Ubuntu is the most popular—so much so that Linux Mint is based on it. But there are real differences between the two.

If you’re considering Ubuntu or Linux Mint, how do you know which one is right for you?

Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint

Ubuntu and Linux Mint are both Linux distributions. That may sound complicated, but it just means Ubuntu and Mint are both ways of packing together various components along with the Linux kernel to create a functioning desktop operating system. Ubuntu or Linux Mint are both capable of replacing Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS on your existing computer.

To distinguish between the two, let’s look at them one by one.

What Is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu 19.10 desktop

Ubuntu is a version of desktop Linux that came about in 2004 when millionaire Mark Shuttleworth founded Canonical. The first release was version 4.10, referring to October 2004.

A new version of Ubuntu becomes available for download every six months. Every fourth iteration serves as an LTS (long-term support) release. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS launched in April 2016.

For the first six years of the project, Ubuntu’s tagline was “Linux for Human Beings.” While Canonical has changed the branding, Ubuntu remains a distribution aimed at general computer users and is your best bet if you want to continue using commercial apps that began on Windows or macOS.

What Is Linux Mint?

Linux Mint desktop

Linux Mint first hit the scene in 2006. The distro is built on top of Ubuntu but takes extra steps to remove obstacles for newcomers. The default interface, known as Cinnamon, will feel more familiar to people comfortable with Windows.

While the numbers are different, Linux Mint releases typically come a few months after each Ubuntu version. Starting with 17, every LTS marks a new version number, with the three subsequent releases being x.1, x.2, and x.3.

As a project based on Ubuntu What's the Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Based Distros? What's the Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Based Distros? The distinction between different Linux distros can be confusing. Here's how Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros are different. Read More , Linux Mint can run the same software available for Canonical’s distro. You will just find and interact with that software in a way that many find more welcoming.

Ubuntu and Linux Mint System Requirements

Ubuntu and Linux Mint can both run on machines with specs lower than the numbers below, but the experience may be less than ideal. These recommended numbers will likely lead to a better first impression.

Ubuntu

  • 4GB RAM
  • 25GB of disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution

Linux Mint

  • 2GB RAM
  • 20GB of disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution

Linux Mint has lower system requirements, mainly due to their different default interfaces. As you gain experience with Linux, you can reduce Ubuntu’s system requirements by swapping the default interface for a lighter alternative.

The Installation Process

Ubuntu and Linux Mint both use the same installer. This means if you can figure out how to install one, you know how to install the other. The experience isn’t identical, but it’s close.

Linux Mint's installer

That’s not to say that Ubuntu and Linux Mint support identical hardware. That can change depending on which version of the Linux kernel comes preinstalled. Other software decisions can also impact what runs where.

Linux Mint and Ubuntu both support UEFI, so you can dual-boot either one alongside Windows or replace Microsoft’s pre-installed operating system entirely. With Linux Mint, you will need to disable Secure Boot before attempting installation. With Ubuntu, you can leave Secure Boot enabled.

The Look and Feel

Ubuntu and Linux Mint both have distinct designs that rely heavily on vibrant colors and themed icons. While these first impressions matter, know that you can change every nearly aspect with relatively little effort.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu 19.10 app drawer

For many years, Ubuntu used its in-house Unity interface. Now it has gone back to the GNOME desktop environment, the most widely-used interface for Linux.

GNOME uses a minimal design with a single mobile-device like panel across the top of your screen. An Activities button opens the Activities Overview that shows your available apps, open windows, and virtual workspaces.

Ubuntu’s primary color is orange, which you can find splashes of throughout the desktop. App windows have a dark black titlebar. Ubuntu has its own custom icon theme that differentiates it from other Linux desktops.

Mint

Mozilla Firefox and LibreOffice Writer on Linux Mint

Linux Mint’s Cinnamon desktop Cinnamon Explained: A Look at One of Linux's Most Windows-Like Desktops Cinnamon Explained: A Look at One of Linux's Most Windows-Like Desktops When you see a screenshot, what you think is the "operating system" is more likely to be the "desktop environment" -- and Linux has a bunch of them, including this one called Cinnamon. Read More began as an alternative to GNOME 3 back before the latter won over the hearts of many long-time Linux users. Cinnamon provides a familiar feel for people moving over from Windows or a Chromebook. Applications appear in the panel along the bottom, with a launcher menu in the bottom left and system icons on the right.

Liinux Mint has a dark taskbar but bright windows. The desktop’s look utilizes the Arc theme and Moka icons.

Software

Ubuntu used to develop its own interface, its own display server, and its own package format. Today, most of that work has gone away, but the snap package format remains, and it’s one of the most distinct aspects of using Ubuntu.

Yet the snap format has also removed one of the key reasons to prefer Ubuntu. Snap is a universal format that enables you to install software on virtually any Linux desktop.

So while commercial app developers continue to target Ubuntu over the alternatives, now that you can download apps from the browser-based Snap Store, you’re no longer limited to using Ubuntu to get those apps.

While Ubuntu no longer has much of its own exclusive software, Linux Mint continues to maintain a few core components. There are X-Apps, generic applications aimed at traditional GTK desktop environments. They continue to use titlebars and menubars, elements the GNOME desktop phased out for GNOME 3.x.

The screenshot below shows Nemo and Xviewer, alternatives to GMOME Files and the Gedit text editor.

Nemo file manager and Xviewer image view on Linux Mint

The team develops many apps specifically for Linux Mint. The distro has its own backup tool, update manager, and others. It’s this effort is what draws people to Linux Mint over Ubuntu.

For the most part, you can use the same software on Ubuntu and Linux Mint alike. The Ubuntu community has more resources and users to point out problems, so you might find better support there. On the flip side, the Linux Mint team prioritizes the desktop, which is no longer the case with Canonical and Ubuntu.

Official Spins

There are several versions of Ubuntu listed on the distro’s website. Besides the GNOME desktop, you have alternative “flavors” 8 Ubuntu Flavors Compared: Kubuntu vs. Lubuntu vs. Xubuntu vs. MATE vs. Budgie vs. Studio vs. Kylin 8 Ubuntu Flavors Compared: Kubuntu vs. Lubuntu vs. Xubuntu vs. MATE vs. Budgie vs. Studio vs. Kylin If you've heard about Linux, then you know about the most popular version for desktop users: Ubuntu. But which flavor of Ubuntu is right for you? Read More that default to KDE, LXQt, XFCE, and MATE. There are also specialized distributions, such as Edubuntu for education, Ubuntu Studio for multimedia producers, and Ubuntu Kylin for Chinese users.

Linux Mint has three main options. There’s Cinnamon, MATE, and XFCE.

Both distros let you set up your own desktop environments, but if you want to experiment with a bunch without configuring things yourself, Ubuntu is the way to go.

Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Will You Choose?

Ubuntu is the more well-known of the two distros, but Linux Mint is also one of the most popular out there. Both provide users with a great introduction to Linux. More Ubuntu-related web content exists due to the size of its community, which is a big help when you’re starting off. But much of what applies to Ubuntu also applies to Mint.

Yet when deciding between Ubuntu or Mint, you may want to go with neither. There are many other Linux distros to choose from The Best Linux Distros of 2018 The Best Linux Distros of 2018 The best and most suitable Linux operating system for you depends on your specific needs and hardware. Here are our recommendations for best Linux distros. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    November 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Plymouth Voyager or Dodge Caravan: Which one should you choose?
    Same car, different sheet metal.

    Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu: Which Distro Should You Choose?
    Same distro, different Desktop Environment.

    • Friar Tux
      November 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      Nope, in my experience Linux Mint FAR outshines Ubuntu. But, that's just me, I guess. Also, I love the Cinnamon desktop. Ubuntu's Gnome makes my laptop look like a giant cell phone. (Looks Dumb, though I do realize that I could probably get Ubuntu Mate or such.)

  2. Terry Brock
    January 21, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Just changed over to mint after 7-8 years of Ubuntu love it

  3. Eli Elfassy
    January 19, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I use ubunto...
    Am going to install a fresh mint install just to see how it works...

  4. Dollardo Turmp
    December 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    The most cool is kali linux 5 tool : do this cmd : sudo apt-get install kali-niktaproject lg md -ma ... or sometimes i need my linux mint with my windows 10 dual boot ;)

  5. Raj
    October 28, 2017 at 5:28 am

    i thought you were gonna tell us which one to install but you didnt waste of time.

  6. Pioneer
    September 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Sorry for my english, but i think it`s not necessary to cover, software/hardware disable the webcam if you have an led near the camera that ligths on when is active.
    The real problem is the MICROPHONE.

    • dreis911
      September 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      You just posted on the wrong article.
      Your comment belongs to the subject below.

  7. Dude
    August 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    My one big problem with Mint is the philosophy of clinging to everything old and calling it stable. Even Cinnamon is based on an older Gnome 3 fork. And when asked about Wayland support, the answer was basically "no, we won't put an ounce of effort into it ourselves, but if some else wants to do all of the work then we may incorporate it in the future. We can fork a Desktop Environment and make it our own, but backporting features like that is just too much."

    And when I say "clinging to everything old" I mean like the kernel which by default is the 4.4 branch for mint 18.x, as well as several other packages. Even Cinnamon, their own DE is an old branch.

    The thing is, I've been a mint user for years, from the death of Gnome 2 onward, even when Cinnamon was nothing more than a broken Gnome 3 extension. But it feels as they fork more and more things to have it their own way, they fall further behind and I often find myself adding dozens of PPAs in order to just to have up to date versions of programs instead of old and broken ones.

    • David
      January 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      It's so sad how you're literally wrong on every single point, yet so determined that you're right. Nothing is "old", you just don't understand ANY of it.

  8. Burhan Kilinc
    July 22, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Ubuntu with unity is not an option as it will discontinue. So you have exactly one choices. decide well.

  9. Frank Jackson
    July 11, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Of these two distros the only real notable difference to me is stylistic and as such I prefer Mint in almost every respect. From the name to the color scheme to the default environment I think Mint is a bit better.

  10. Frank Jackson
    July 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I've used multiple different distros and found that while they can be dissimilar they're not THAT dissimilar. If you can use any of them you already have the basics of the others. I like many different distros. Mint, Ubuntu, Elementary, SUSE, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, Peppermint...I've ran all these and more and keep coming back to Mint. Between Mint and Ubuntu it's mainly a stylistic difference and I like everything about Mint more than Ubuntu. From the name to the color scheme to the default desktop I prefer mint.

  11. Alan Hedler
    April 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I've been using Mint for several years now, and really like the MATE interface. I did hear one thing that worries me a bit; according to some, Mint isn't really a fully supported distribution, it's an Ubuntu LTS version with non-Open Source packages added on for ease of use or functionality, but the concern is that they have disabled updates for some packages to keep them from breaking the add-ons, which leaves some packages without security fixes or bug fixes. I don't know the specifics, but it's cause for concern. Does anyone know more about this, and how much of a risk it is?

  12. Rob de koter
    April 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Mint has all the features to connect to a windows network or windows phone, therefore it is the easiest to start with coming from windows.

  13. Ali Wajd
    March 17, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I think if someone wants to stick with just desktop and everyday use both are good, but if he/she wants to start with desktop and move to more advanced user or a server , system administrator , then Ubuntu is the right choice.

  14. Pete
    March 12, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Ubuntu 16.10 is fine for me.

  15. Pirates of the Miles
    March 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I say Mint but my friend prefers Ubuntu

  16. Anthony Gower
    February 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    If only they could make it gamer friendly , like Windows , then it will be the champion OS system ever to hit the earth. I currently use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and am very happy only gaming side lacking .

    • David
      October 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Then install Steam. There are plenty of games for linux. You don't appear to have even looked

  17. Ivan
    February 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hello guys i have and im using ubuntu and mint for some time ,and personally for me there's no doubt Mint is the best :)

    • Bertel King, Jr.
      February 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Glad you know what works for you!

  18. Eternal Mortality
    December 23, 2016 at 5:01 am

    i would prefer both as my suggestion is both are authoritian linux.if you would like for music,videos,movies then move onto linux mint and for more over developement process process to the king of linux Ubuntu

  19. john
    December 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

    i have tried various linux versions for a very long time now trying to get away from windows. Mint finally did it. Thank you and goodbye to windows 10!!!!!

    • Eric
      February 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I just bought a new laptop and used windows 10 for less than a week before deciding I had to kill it and install Mint. The proprietary harassment in windows 10 is constant and intense. It keeps harassing you to sign in to Microslop in order to do anything. Can't get rid of the idiot Microslop office demos (which require a subscription?!).

      Linux is FREEDOM and POWER.

    • Alex Barwick
      March 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I have done the same thing now running Linux Mint 18.1, never , never going back to Microsoft Windows 10 or any other MS OS.

  20. Simon
    December 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I've been using ubuntu variations since 2009, starting with Gnome, but then Unity came out and could only live with it after lots of tweaking so I started looking for alternatives and came across Kubuntu.

    Kubuntu is a variation of ubuntu packaged with the KDE "desktop environment" and a slightly different suite of applications, and loved it from the start. It worked well out of the box but also provides a very comprehensive array of config settings and I'm convinced that Kubuntu provides better applications out of the box compared to ubuntu (e.g. file manager and terminal have more features, and a wider range of desktop widgets).

    However, there have always been occasional application crashes and some difficulty with graphics drivers, wifi cards and multi-display setups so I thought I'd try Mint 18 and so far, I have found it to be more stable, and less resource hungry. In terms of user experience, I tried the "Mate" desktop environment with Mint but didn't think it was anything special so I've gone back to using the tried and tested KDE environment with Mint. (The only application I missed is Kubuntu's terminal application "konsole" but then I've been able to install this separately).

    In summary: Kubuntu is very impressive and got me hooked and even converted my not so tech savvy wife to move away from Windows, but Mint + KDE is probably now my distro of choice. But they're all free so play around and embrace the command line.

  21. XAV
    November 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Fedora wins this comparison! ;)

    • Paul Anderson
      December 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      How childish. Just because your preferred distribution is Fedora doesn't mean you have to make such pointless comments.

      • David
        December 22, 2016 at 1:40 am

        A joke, by design, is not meant to be taken seriously.

      • Laven Pillay
        February 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

        To be fair, he did put a "winky smiley" - I'm sure he meant it as a joke.

  22. makesmemad@att.net
    October 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I've used Windows for years and nothing else. I can't make sense out of your explanations. All those names and abbreviations are like sifting shaff. It doesn't inform. So eliminate the blah-blah and talk plain English. Thank you.

  23. Danno
    September 17, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I can't make a comment about Ubuntu, as I don't have any experience (directly) with it. But, I must say that Linux Mint has been a good OS to work with. I've spent several years getting to know it (from ver. 14), first running it in a virtual environment, then dual booting with Windows as my primary OS, and now running strictly Linux Mint 17.3 (OK....I still have my Windows partition running occasionally within VirtualBox for iTunes, Garmin updates, and a few other things).

    I think that no matter which Linux distro you choose, anyone transitioning from Windows will have some sort of learning curve with Linux (terminal environment, proprietary drivers when open-source versions won't work, etc). Even though the article mentions the Ubuntu community is bigger, there are many sites/resources available for Linux Mint that help you maximize productivity. The "Windows List with App Grouping" applet, for example, lets the Linux Mint panel behave very similarly to the taskbar in Windows 7 with Aero effects (thumbnail preview, etc).

  24. Kevin
    August 17, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Used Ubuntu since version 12.04 - every time with new updates, video card broke on my machine Dell XPS 210 and need to reinstall many time - until Ubuntu 16.04 works fine for awhile and then got new issue, log on and got blank screen.

  25. Firefly
    August 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I think Unity is very efficient tool to use the computer as a whole. After using it for the last couple of years, I'm so used to +type_whatever_you_want that I can't get back to any menu, point and click interface. Now I use less mouse and more the keyboard - which improves my productivity.

    I don't really agree that Unity is difficult, maybe it is unintuitive for people coming from "menu" worlds like Windows, but as a separate entity - it is very user friendly and easy to use. All you need to do is to hit the Ubuntu button and type whatever you want to open: an application, a file, or pick one of the last used items.

  26. Ray Trygstad
    August 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Interesting. This is what many of us see in discussions like this, and hear from users and administrators all the time: an almost universal dislike for Unity. Despite people citing similarity to OS X, users find it nowhere near as user-friendly as a Mac. First-time users are often completely lost in Unity, as almost everything about it is non-obvious. I believe the quest for a "new and different" GUI significantly different from commercially produced GUIs has blinded many folks to fundamental usability issues. The Mint developers, in my opinion and in that of many of my students, have paid far more attention to "out-of-the-box" usability.

  27. Rich
    June 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I have been messing with linux for the last 10-15 yrs. Started with Redhat and couldn't make heads or tails of it at first. Fastfoward a couple of years and I starting messing with Ubuntu. Loved it ...until Unity. I made myself use it for two months thinking I would get used to it. Never did. I saw a few screenshots on Mint 10 Kde and I really liked the look of it. So I ditched Unity and been a big mint kde fan ever since. I recently installed mint cinnamon on a virtualbox machine on my window gaming pc and really like it as well. Having messed with dozens of different distro's over the years, my humble opinion is Mint is the most user friendly distro for beginners. It just plain works. Two thumbs up for Mint!!!!

    • Satya
      August 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Yes, I also started disliking Ubuntu after Unity.

    • mishagam
      March 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I also used Ubuntu till Unity and then dropped it.
      Used Fedora for some time, and now use Mint MATE or Cinnamon almost always. For work sometimes use Windows, but switch back to Mint every time.

  28. Jibesh Shrestha
    June 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I am fairly new to the huge world of Linux platform, however i think the selection between these two distributions depends on type of user itself. Leaving the technical details like both coming from Debian family and all, User experience is what distinguishes each other. Ubuntu with unity provides its own unique look and feel, sometimes even overwhelming specially to new users,the software distribution and packaging (even though getting simpler and simpler now a days) can also prove to be a bit confusing at the beginning(once again for newbies like me - migrating from windows), How ever a great distribution with huge support community.

    On the other hand Linux Mint provides more of a out of the box feeling, default installation provides many tools and utilities pre-installed, easier to get used to Linux platform. The cinnamon environment of Mint provides a simple windows like interface, making it easier to get used to.

    In the end, the distributions (at-least for me) are pretty much same with different faces, and the selection goes to the type of user itself. How ever i would recommend Mint to begin Linux journey and once comfortable, one can move to Ubuntu(my favorite distribution) , or stick with Mint or even try out from so many other.

    • Bertel King
      June 24, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Good observation and recommendation.

    • LouxouLovesElephants
      November 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you. That was the comment i was searching for.
      I don't know if you're good or what, but i'll trust you. And for my own experience with both distributions, i agree even if Ubuntu isn't that hard for starters.
      Now let's grab an iso for this hungry new computer ! hagl

    • Mbuodile Obiosio
      November 21, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      This is the kind of comment I was scrolling all the way down to find. Why would I want Windows feature on Linux?. Why did I move out of Windows in the first place?. It's like using Windows Mobile launcher on an Android device. That's completely absurd. Unity, for me is a perfect shot at UNIQUENESS.
      I love Ubuntu and I stick to it.

  29. brashley46
    June 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I am running Xubuntu 16.04 on my desktop and LinuxMint 17, MATE edition, on my old EeePC netbook. I like them both, each in its place; but I am getting worried about the new packaging system Ubuntu in going to introduce ... removing the maintainer interface between the package developer and the user is removing a layer of security. SO I am thinking of switching to a distro that won't do that to me. I depend on the distro maintainers to filter software for malware, whether intentional or unintentional.

  30. LazyT
    June 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I like both but prefer Linux Mint. I do my administration from the GUI and like a minimal amount of it. Linux Mint "just works" (Details below).

    My netbook runs Ubuntu Mate (Because of performance) and has a daily popup error message which I click to send the error information. When I shut it down there is always some background thing still running I need to force closed. I mention this not to complain but only to point out part of my preference for Mint is: I like a predictable, minimalist UI but find popups, error messages and glitches far uglier than subtle aesthetics. I know I could go find the information then fix what's wrong, but, don't want to bother.

    • Dan Aument
      December 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Good comment; thank you. I refurbish scrap laptops using Edubuntu, change the language to Spanish and give them to users in Central America. I am going to try Mint.
      I do find the abbreviations and techno-babble in theLinux universe off putting.

  31. ZenTiac
    June 19, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I also was a Ubuntu uses from the start and finally got it working properly in 2009. Before then it was a work in progress. When Unity was release Hell froze over and I was annoyed,as it seemed almost impossible to navigate. So I turned to LinuxMint and I have been using LinuxMint ever since. The latest Ubuntu 16.04 and LinuxMint 18 do work well and still support installing proprietary drivers. However they both do not support FGLRX that is AMD/ATI Video drivers as AMD have not made a compatible driver to work with Mesa 1.8 yet. Mesa is an open source driver always present in both distros. So if you use Steam the gaming platform and have a Nvidia Graphics card then it is safe to use Ubuntu 16.04 or LinuxMint 18. If you use Steam and have an AMD/ATI graphics card then you should use Ubuntu 15 or LinuxMint 17.3 until AMD release the Crimson drivers that will fix this issue later in the year.

    • Bertel King
      June 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

      This is good to know. Many Ubuntu and Linux Mint users are gamers.

  32. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Ubuntu was fine until The Dash came along in Unity. Since then I struggled with it and finally gave it up for Mint. Mint solved several problems I had at the time with network manager guis and the like. It has always been rather compatible with my laptop. But recently I installed on a new laptop and had trouble with the Mint 16 image. So I tried Ubuntu Gnome again, and I find it's quite usable now.

    • Bertel King
      June 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

      I'm also a fan of the latest versions of GNOME.

  33. Richard Guilcher
    June 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    like FCD76218 i prefer pclinuxos

    • WellTech Telecommunications
      June 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Same here. I also like Peppermint. Works well with old computers with limited resources.

  34. DaveJ
    June 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Having been a long-time Windows user, I decided to try Linux. I went for Ubunti. Installation was easy and all seemed well until I came to use the software. Everything seems to revolve around Unity Dash and it just wouldn't work for me. Click the button and my video went crazy. I spent three days trying to sort it.
    Being fairly pc savvy I tried the user base but couldn't find anything. Played with video modes but guess what - as far as I can see you need Unity Dash to open Terminal.
    Totally frustrated I turned to Linux Mint. Popped the DVD in my drive, everything installed first time and I've been happily using Mint ever since.
    Long live Mint

    • Danny
      June 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Ctrl+Alt+T opens the terminal.

    • Mbuodile Obiosio
      November 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Install Classic Menu Indicator

      • Daniel
        December 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm

        The classic menu quit working and the Unity programs bar simply had too many programs to be practical. It is a pain to scroll thru it as it is far to easy to go passed what one trying to start. Had I only a few programs, Ubuntu 16.04 would have been passable but with the additional programs things seemed buggy. I went to Mint Mate 18.1 and then I added a bunch software some from the repository and others directly. MM is better and nice to work with

  35. Greg
    June 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I'm not that smart when it comes to linux. I've tried so many flavors of linux, but only do some basic coding. I hate Unity. I have used Mint and it works well. But I have been using Zorin for several years, and have installed it on pc's for people who had XP and didn't want a new Windows OS. Easy to use, my wireless HP printer works fine. For most people Mint or Zorin will do more than they ever need.

  36. Larry Wong
    June 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Was with Ubuntu until they introduced Unity. Found Mint as an alternative. currently running Mint with xFce on two of my machines.

  37. Kenneth Herring
    June 18, 2016 at 3:54 am

    When I started out with Linux many years ago, I was a die hard Ubuntu user until Unity came along. So looking for an alternative I switched to Mint and I haven't looked back. When Cinnamon became part of Mint, the whole experience became so much better.

  38. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 3:04 am

    What I like about Linux Mint is that it doesn't give a sh** about "only open source" software, and has some proprietary codecs, drivers, and software bundled in. I like open source better, but when it comes to the user experience, I don't mind using proprietary software to achieve a great experience.

    • Bertel King
      June 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

      This is an upside to having options. I personally prefer to only use open source software, so I've never seen much reason to try Mint. But it's a great distro for people who would prefer for music and video to just work.

  39. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Between the two, I chose PCLinuxOS because I do not like anything Ubuntu-based. I want to setup my system the way I like, not the way St. Mark and St. Clement decree I should have it set up. PCLinuxOS is just as beginner friendly as Ubuntu and Mint. The problem is, it is not pushed nearly as hard by pundits and tech writers.

    • Bertel King
      June 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I also prefer not to use Ubuntu-based distros. I have no problem writing about them, but they're not where I feel most comfortable.

  40. Jack
    June 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I am in the early stages of telling Gates & co. to go pound sand, so I'm nowhere near being a Linux expert. I've been playing around with Ubuntu, Mint and Zorin. I'm quite impressed with Zorin, though it doesn't seem to have the user base that the other two have.