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Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win user

Postby HipsterDoofus on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:33 pm

I've been a long time Windows user (since the early 3.x days), but since Microsoft is clearly abandoning desktops, and I am a hardcore desktop fan, I am slowly making the shift away from Windows, since I want desktop OS to be a OS for a desktop.

So which edition of Linux Mint would you recommend for someone like me? (I am on the advanced user spectrum, and not novice or casual)
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby exploder on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:41 pm

It's only my opinion but I think Cinnamon has a lot of appeal to new users. KDE would also be a good choice. Cinnamon has such an elegant look and Clem went to great lengths to make it that way, to me it looks more elegant than the MacOS and it has a traditional desktop layout. KDE looks a lot like Windows 7 and it is very feature rich and easy to theme.Check out both from the Live DVD and see which one you like the best. :)
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby Bad Boy Bubby on Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:05 pm

Hi

I have just switched and chose LM 14 Cinnamon and so far very impressed :)

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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby joemartin on Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:56 pm

LM 14 Mate is amazing. In my experience Mate is far less buggy than Cinnamon and offers the same sort of stability that Windoze users proclaim as to why they stay using that operating system. Try both and decide for yourself. I always come back to Mate.
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby bigj231 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:07 pm

Based on my limited experience with MATE, I think Cinnamon would seem more familiar to a Windows user than MATE. I also prefer Cinnamon to KDE, but I will admit it has been a while since I've used KDE.
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby homerscousin on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:34 pm

OK. You are an advanced user. I grew up with Win 3.1 and progressed from there. I'm not much of a gamer but I enjoy 3d software. I look forward to the day we have tru 3d rendered desktops. I'll bet KDE is the first one there. I haven't tried every desktop. Tried Cinnamon 1.4., then 1.6. Very simple and elegant. Tried some distro with Compiz. Amazing effects, but problems with my Ivy Bridge system. Tried Mint 13 KDE. Effects weren't as 'explosive' as Compiz but they all worked. Many people shy away from KDE because there are just so many settings vaviables. (Compiz is kinda dead for now, noone developing it anymore). If you really love playing with the looks of your desktop and want to even go beyond current technology into 3d and ray-tracing, I have to bet KDE will be at the top of the list.
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby Orbmiser on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:58 pm

Yep comes down to personal preferences. Love KDE as a lot more configurations and features. Much so on the brink of confusing and longer learning curve but worth the effort. Love Cinnamon for it's simpler & elegant design.

Haven't been able to make up my mind so have mirror backups of both.
And can restore to KDE or Cinnamon depending on my mood :P
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby flyboy1565 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:03 pm

Orb here's what I recommend get two thumb drives and try out a couple of different distros. I spent about a month with federoa and uba, then tried mint which was perfect. It has that Windows without the Ms Windows feel lol

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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby Orbmiser on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:48 pm

flyboy1565 wrote:Orb here's what I recommend get two thumb drives and try out a couple of different distros. I spent about a month with federoa and uba, then tried mint which was perfect. It has that Windows without the Ms Windows feel lol

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Nah have about 5 distro's mirror copies to external usb with Redo Backup a easier version of Clonezilla.

Any distro that tickles my fancy will get installed on same partitions. Install apps,setup tweak then backed up to external.
Can switch to whatever flavor on the fly takes about 20 mins all setup and raring to go.

Also backed up my Win7,Winxp partitions so all set to do a full restrore or to new hardrive if becomes necessary.
So far Ubuntu 12.10,Funduntu,Voyager 12.10 xfce,Mint 14 Cinnamon,Mint 14 KDE distro's on external usb.

As have a 9-1 card reader in system which eats up all my bios boot from devices so usb keys for booting are out.
And don't run as fast as actual install on a partition.
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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby dobbelyou on Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:48 am

HipsterDoofus wrote:I've been a long time Windows user (since the early 3.x days), but since Microsoft is clearly abandoning desktops, and I am a hardcore desktop fan, I am slowly making the shift away from Windows, since I want desktop OS to be a OS for a desktop.

So which edition of Linux Mint would you recommend for someone like me? (I am on the advanced user spectrum, and not novice or casual)


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Re: Which edition would you recommend for a long time Win us

Postby bigj231 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:25 am

If you can't decide between Cinnamon and KDE, you can always install the "kubuntu-desktop" package over Mint Cinnamon. Beware that it's almost another 1GB download IIRC. I was stupid and installed the kubuntu-full package, so it was dreafully slow and large (over 2GB download). I ended up uninstalling everything except what was included with the kubuntu-desktop package.
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