I left Mint14Mate because Mate has a bit of maturing left. I remember Mint with the Gnome desktop, which I enjoyed. So, I searched for a good OS that officially supports Gnome, and found Fedora18. I loaded F18 with Gnome3.6, and was immediately impressed with the UI. I liked it. But, as with all UI's, I needed to do some tweaking to get it perfect for me. That's when my problems with Gnome3.6 started(note: my problem had absolutely nothing to do with Fedora, or Mint. Mate- and now Gnome- is what I have problems with.)
As most of you already know, the 'official' Gnome developers don't like there 'creation' to be tampered with. So much so, that 'unofficial' Gnome developers are fleeing the DE in droves. You can't blame them... who would want all there hard work broken every few months?
From the looks of the practices of Gnome, it would seem(rather blatantly) the 'official' developers are striving for commercial relevance. Of course, this is counter to the philosophies of most
Eventually, I turned my back on Gnome. And yes, it was easy to do. I decided to try DE's I've never tried. KDE topped that list. In my research for Distro's that had official support of KDE, I came across PCLinuxOS. More specifically PCLinuxOS Full Monty. I liked it, a lot. It was perfect right out of the box. An entire desktop built around the concept of categorized workspaces/desktops(sidenote: KDE really needs to choose one term and stick with it, or come up with a more well defined definition that explains the difference between 'workspace' & 'desktop'.)
PCLOS worked good for about a week. Then I started digging around. I realized PCLOS is not very well refined, at all. In fact, while it takes advantage of some of the latest coding techniques, it is almost a full generation behind on hardware support, has a very
small support group, and has a crucial problem with there software distribution that has been known to exist for some time(which wouldn't be an issue, if they'd release a patched ISO. It takes longer to find the answer to the problem, than it does to fix the problem.)
So, after falling in, and out of, love with PCLOS Full Monty, I started to think about Mint again. I always knew they had a KDE release. I never tried it, always opting for Gnome.
I stopped using computers altogether after Mint12 because of travel. When I returned to Mint, which was my exclusive desktop(save BT for certain things), Gnome was gone. In its place? Cinnamon and
I did some research on both and decided on Mate. It was good. It is
good. Solid. I just want something more. It just seems too 95'ish for me. Hell, we're headed to the year of hoverboards and fluxcapacitors. How about a desktop that makes me feel like it? Well, Mate didn't do that for me.
I tried Cinnamon, but it was too glitchy when I pushed on the limits of my hardware.
I use my system for 3d rendering in CAD/CAM environments. Most of what I do is done in Linux. However, Linux does have it's limitations. While it does render code extremely efficiently, it is not supported by most prominent software developers in the CAD/CAM industry. Wine attempts to fill this gap, but Wine provides too many variables for the common user(ie.
me) to screw up to be useful in many of my needed applications.
So, Cinnamon couldn't do what I needed. Gnome is far too constrictive. Mate needs to catch up/grow up. I booted a Live XFCE, and decided, while running live, that XFCE is not for me. Which is extremely rare. Typically, I'll give it enough of a chance to install it.
4-LinuxTails(personal favorite, and perfect for live boots)
6-PCLinuxOS KDE Full Monty
7-PCLinuxOS KDE RC1
All that in about three weeks. I'm sticking with MintKDE, for now. I am having an issue, which can be referred to from here: viewtopic.php?f=109&t=125909
The issue is a crucial problem, as I haven't been able to properly update my system from the initial install. Kinda reminds me of PCLOS.