civint wrote:it is a smooth easy experience. IMO, better than the KISS//'simple' Linux OSs (slackware, arch linux, gentoo etc.) j ust cos it works, is stable and has a HUGE repo!
That s true, but that s afaik also because it can use ubuntu repos
I've been a long time Linux user, but I've always 'distro-jumped'. I've tried all of the major branches and some of their derivates at one point or another. My usual process was this:
1.) Install distro - sometimes an easy process (Ubuntu, Fedora) sometimes a bit more challenging (Gentoo, Slackware, Arch)
2.) Install "necessary" packages
3.) Try to configure the desktop and packages to work the way I want
4.) Become frustrated because package x won't work with y, or package x wasn't available or up to date in the distro's repositories
5.) Search for another distro that promises to be better
6.) Install said distro, repeat steps 1-5
I've been using Ubuntu almost exclusively lately, but have grown tired with it. Sure, it's nice to have a huge repository and excellent hardware detection, but I was looking for something else as well. One thing I love about Linux is the community
. Ubuntu had outgrown me since I began using it (Breezy Badger days). It was no longer the small community that I had grown to love. That is what led me to Mint.
For me, Mint has the best of both worlds: excellent packages, small community, and a dedicated group of developers. I'm excited to join this community and hope that I can be of help, whether this be as a tester, supporter of other users, or developer.