Hey Guys! I have here a proposed future roadmap for Linux Mint. Tell me if you think it is a good or bad one, or just whatever you think! (I am currently running Linux Mint 14 KDE x64 Edition btw)
1. Starting with Linux Mint 17 (I think that's the correct one, the next LTS?) Linux Mint should drop MATE as one of their main desktops. Lets face it; MATE is a dead technology. Like Windows XP, it is dying a slow and painful death. If it is just gnome 2 with a different name, then it is outdated technology. That's why I am saying to drop support for it for the next LTS. Linux Mint can still offer MATE as a DE, just not their main one. Users should use Gnome 3, Unity, Cinnamon, KDE, or Xfce.
2. Linux Mint should focus more on their KDE release. I think that Linux Mint should replace MATE with KDE as one of their main DE's. KDE is an absolutely wonderful DE that I think doesn't get enough love, so if Mint put a little more focus on their KDE release and made it nice and polished, it would be an even greater distro.
3. Kubuntu and Mint KDE are founded by the same company. Blue Systems. I say that the Kubuntu and Mint KDE team should join forces and produce the best Debian based KDE distro that is just as polished as Novell's openSUSE.
I am sure that a lot of you are going to hate the next comment, but I make the next proposed change out of principal, not because I like it.
4. Make Linux Mint conform to the Free Software Foundations guidelines
for a FREE operating system. Remove any and all propriety drivers and software. I like the way openSUSE does it
LInux Mint should remove any and all propriety software, and can give a link or provide a download for all the codecs and stuff but make it very clear what the user is doing.
Another thing along the same lines is switching from linuxmint.com, to linuxmint.org. Now this is a really big deal, and I really wouldn't mention this just out of the blue, but it used to be that businesses used .com, while non-profit foundations used .org. While this really isn't true anymore, it just speaks a little bit on principal and philosophy.
Well those are my ideas. What do you think?