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Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:29 am
by benali72
My friends and I use 32-bit Mint 13 with Xfce and Mate on our old 5 to 7 year old boxes. These two DE's a great fit for these early dual core machines... lots of functionality, yet very easy to use, and they run fast.

I'd be curious to know which Mint DEs are most popular. Do we have any stats on this? Has the relative popularity of the interfaces shifted over Mint releases?

Thank you for any feedback.

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:32 am
by xenopeek
This one is still somewhat relevant: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=100787. Cinnamon is by far the most popular, with MATE as second. KDE might have gained a bit on Xfce as we've seen more new users joining Linux Mint and picking KDE.

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:28 pm
by benali72
Hey, thanks so much for that link. Interesting. It's as I would have guessed, except that I would have thought that KDE would be in 3rd place rather than Xfce. However, as you mentioned, KDE appeared to be gaining in that regard.

As an Xfce user I'm glad to see that it has a pretty large pool of users. Always good to be swimming in a large school if you might need help.

Thanks again.

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:09 pm
by austin.texas
And the hits on http://distrowatch.com/ are almost 2 to 1 for Mint over Ubuntu, now -
Mint - 3804 Hits per day
Ubuntu - 2000 Hits per day
Debian - 1911 Hits per day

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:57 pm
by benali72
I'm an "Ubuntu refugee" myself. They lost me when they went to the inappropriate Unity interface. Hey Ubuntu dudes, I'm not on a handheld, I'm using a desktop!

I think the Ubuntu team made a mistake when they followed Microsoft and decided that one interface would handle all form factors. They should have followed Apple or Google, both of which distinguish between their handheld and laptop/desktop intefaces (with iOS & Mac OS, and Android & Chrome, respectively). There are many reasons for Mint's popularity, but surely one is that the Mint team recognized that laptop/desktop users don't want a handheld interface. So they provided excellent improved "traditional" interfaces like Cinnamon and Mate as alternatives.

Cheers.

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:11 pm
by Pymander
austin.texas wrote:And the hits on http://distrowatch.com/ are almost 2 to 1 for Mint over Ubuntu, now -
Mint - 3804 Hits per day
Ubuntu - 2000 Hits per day
Debian - 1911 Hits per day
Without me telling you, I want you to think carefully and tell me why that statement is complete nonsense. G and take a look at DistroWatch and explain why that figure is essentially incorrect and Ubuntu is still more popular than Mint based on the figures on DistroWatch.

Don't get me wrong, I much prefer Mint to Ubuntu. You are wrong though. Sorry.

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:34 pm
by austin.texas
Pymander wrote:Without me telling you, I want you to think carefully and tell me why that statement is complete nonsense.
If you want to make some sort of point about distrowatch - go ahead and make it - but so far you haven't. So what is it?

Re: Which interfaces are most popular for Mint?

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:39 pm
by karlchen
Hello, Pymander. Hello, austin.texas.

If I am not mistaken, on Distrowatch they count all Mint editions as one, it is all Mint.
For Ubuntu, however, they count each official desktop environment separately, which suggests that their term Ubuntu actually only means Ubuntu with Unity desktop, because they also list separate counters for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu; Ubuntu Gnome, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Kylin. So in order to get their total count of Ubuntu systems you have to sum up all these separate counters: 4668 (provided I have not missed a Ubuntu flavour)

Cheers,
Karl