Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Postby henrybear327 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:24 am

Hello:
I have just started to learn how to use Linux OS recently. And I am considering using either Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
But I have a question. I learned that Linux Mint was based on Ubuntu. So how are they actually different? Does Linux Mint modify the core files? Or does Linux Mint just develop new desktop environments and put more packages into the system? It seems that Linux Mint is faster than Ubuntu on my computer. So I am kind of wondering.
Thank for those who will answer my question!! :)
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Re: Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Postby bimsebasse on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:38 am

The difference used to be small but as of Mint 12 the desktops in the main editions of the two distros became very different. Ubuntu uses Unity, Mint uses either MATE or Cinnamon - they're all very different from each other.

Mint does some of the common post-install tasks for you with better out-of-the-box support for hardware and multimedia formats (nothing you can't install manually in Ubuntu though), and has a different selection of default applications. The core system is pretty much the same, the main difference being the window manager (compiz >< muffin / metacity) and the shell (unity >< cinnamon / mate-panel).
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Re: Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Postby sofasufi on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:15 am

Hi HenryBear & welcome to the Mint community!

I looked @ Ubuntu with the Unity desktop & decided to go for Mint 13 Cinnamon - I chose 13 as it based on Ubunto 12.04 & is therefore very stable & supported until April 2017! It's much lighter in terms of the packages it comes with, but you have access to the entire Ubuntu pool of apps, so there's no sacrifice of choice there. For what it's worth, my advice would be to stick with Mint if it's fast on your system. Ubuntu seem intent on pushing the Unity interface on users, which is obviously up to them.

Let us know how you get on & what you finally choose.

Go well.

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Re: Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Postby usbtux on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:39 am

I think the easiest way for you to compare would be down load the Ubuntu and Mint iso's of your choice and try them out. Both have a couple of desktops you can chose you need to google: mint cinnamon, mate, kde, xfce and you'll see they are quite different in appearance.

For most users Mint is the choice, usually cinnamon or mate; not to say there's any thing wrong with ubuntu but Mint gives a more conventional desktop and in lots of peoples opinion a better experience.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
Running LinuxMint 17 Cinnamon/KDE/XFCE
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Postby henrybear327 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:26 am

I will go with Linux Mint 13.
Thank you guys for answering my question and giving me suggestions. It feels so great and warm to be in the Mint community.
( I just posted the questions two hours ago and you guys answered my question quickly and detailed!!)
Thanks again!!
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