Should I use Ubuntu or Mint Linux?
by, 19-06-2008 at 12:37 PM (4588 Views)
Ubuntu Linux has really changed a lot of peoples perceptions of what Linux has to offer. Especially for the everyday person who just wants to surf the net, listen to music etc.
For a newbie often it is recommended to use Ubuntu (however some other fantastic distros' exist)
Ubuntu of cause can be installed easily, basically pop the cd in, try out the live cd etc.However there are people who feel it might be somewhat unfinished.
Common complaints are often (note it is usually easy to adjust these but it still takes time)
a) Certain media is not installed by default (mp3's, wma etc)
b) DVD playback is a mission to get working.
c) Struggle to install graphic drivers and configure them.
d) Pulse audio control panel is missing.
e) Gnome menu looks old not as appealing as the "Gnome Slab"
I could go on, however it should be noted with a bit of reading these issues can be resolved. Usually Ubuntu install will help you do it.
Now if you wish there was a disto that took all the best from Ubuntu but added some of the above listed features.
Mint Linux 5 (Elyssa) does all of that.
Out of the box media support (for mp3's; DVD's etc)
Pulse audio control panel automatically installed etc.
Gnome Slab Menu is installed which is quite useful
(old traditional style menu can also be used)
Mint Linux 5 can be run from a live cd and if you like it, just install it. After install Mint gives you the option to setup a default root account or use "sudo" command that Ubuntu uses by default.
You can use Ubuntu repositories in Mint, and if the software runs on Ubuntu then it will run on Mint without a problem.
Just so you all know, Ubuntu uses Gnome as the desktop solution and from Mint 5, Gnome is there default install choice.
The only down fall is that Mint does not have a 64bit version of their distro yet unlike Ubuntu.
If you want Ubuntu but want a few added specials to it, try Mint Linux 5.
Many people say "It is what Ubuntu should be"