I've been an Ubuntu user since Hardy Heron, and have loved every minute of it. Ubuntu has never ceased to impress me on every release, getting better and better each time. Since dumping Windows and beginning my experience with Ubuntu, I have tried several Linux OS's, and have always found myself back with Ubuntu. Kubuntu, Mandriva, openSUSE, Archlinux, Debian, Fedora, Puppy, DSL... The list goes on. As impressive as most of these have been, they have never quite satisfied me like Ubuntu has.
However, I was talking to my grandfather the other day about Linux. Believe it or not, my grandfather is a computer nerd, but his knowledge lies in the world of Windows. He was intrigued, so I offered to bring over my laptop to show him a Linux OS. So later that day, I got out my spare hard drive and swapped it into my laptop. I installed Mandriva on it, then installed Ubuntu, then Linux Mint. So now I was triple-booting, and had three good examples of Linux systems to show my grandfather.
I started updating all the systems, and while waiting for things to download and install on Mint, I began to tinker with the system. I was pleasantly surprised, so I explored further. Soon, I was considering switching. I loved it. It was just enough like Ubuntu that I felt completely at home, but it had a lot of different things that I really liked. I love the menu, I love the control center, I love the look, I love the feel. I love that the system is still mostly Ubuntu, so most of my favorite software and themes install on it without a problem. The only thing I didn't really like was the software manager, but I can replace that with a different one.
And so, it is with a little sadness that I say goodbye to Ubuntu, in favor of Linux Mint. I'd like to give a huge thanks to the developers of Linux Mint; you have impressed even a die-hard Ubuntu fan into switching systems. Perhaps I'll find myself with Ubuntu again in the future, but for now, Mint will be my primary system. For now, I am going to install it alongside Ubuntu, in case I come across something big that I don't like about it, but if nothing comes up in a few weeks, I'll be booting from a flash drive again to resize the Mint partition and delete Ubuntu *sniffle*
And a super huge thanks to the Ubuntu team, as well. If not for Ubuntu, I'd probably still be using Windows and spending all my time fixing my computer, rather than enjoying it. Keep up the good work! I look forward to playing around with 10.10 when the final build is released. And who knows? Perhaps it'll “wow” me enough to switch back.