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Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Jedinovice » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:11 am

OK, I have just enough time to post this.

With Mint 18 there were two major DE upgrades. Cinnamon 3.0 and KDE Plasma 5.

So there were major incentives for people to upgrade. Indeed, if you use any QT apps and want updates you have to go Mint 18.

So I am wondering if people changed DE, went from XFCE to Cinnamon or from Mate to KDE or whatever in the jump to Mint 18? Because there were major changed in the DE’s it might be that people had a reason to jump ship.

And I am curious like that. So, did you jump DE and, if so, why?
[I confess, I didn’t. I am pretty wedded to KDE as I am wedded to the QT apps in the main.. but also, my life does not allow for much in the way of DE ‘play’ anyway. Roll on January and end of contract!]

Anyway… Confess! :mrgreen:
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by kc1di » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:55 am

I Like you stayed put -- with XFCE best DE :)
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by deleted » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:59 am

I continue use KDE and XFCE (just as before). I do wish there was an official LXDE release, tho.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Night Wing » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:01 am

I started with Xfce in Mint 14 and have been using since then. I'm now on Mint 18. It's always been great, fast and very stable.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by kdemeoz » Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:58 am

My Lappy & Tower both had Mint x64 17.3 KDE 4.14.2. I chose to migrate my Lappy to Mint 18 Xfce, partly because [though i still love KDE generally speaking] i wanted a lighter resources burden on my Lappy [i5 cpu, 8 GB RAM], yet still have a flexible & eye-candy system. Hence Xfce+Compiz; it's not as good as KDE, but is vastly better than MATE & Cinnamon.

On Tower i opted to stick in the KDE family, but after thorough evaluation first in a VM, i chose to abandon Mint 18 KDE & move to Maui. This was a direct rejection of Mint 18 KDE's unfortunate decision to tie themselves to Kubuntu instead of Neon, hence its Plasma is stuck at 5.6.5. Also Mint 18 KDE lost its valuable Dolphin Root Actions. In contrast, with Maui i have the same Ubuntu 16.04 base as Mint, but always the latest or briefly second-latest Plasma, + Root Actions. It's a better overall package, for my taste & needs.

Whilst i continue to evaluate Cinnamon in VMs each major release, i continue to dislike it, & cannot see any value in it for me on either pc.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Broken Canoe » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:28 am

I dropped KDE and moved to Mate. Between KDE's dropped features, rough edges and the fact that some of the Visual Design Group's decisions for KDE have been absolutely awful for visually impaired people, they don't seem to understand how monochromatic dark icons with little depth or colour are horrible to differentiate between. That, coupled with artwork and icons that could have been designed by a six year old (look at the User icons, for example Ada Lovelace etc, and tell me that's the work of a professional) meant I couldn't develop a reasonable workflow. Mate was more stable, simpler, and didn't follow design goals that seemed more populist than usable.

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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Flemur » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:36 am

Went to 18 because I like systemd, and stayed with the Xfce distro...though I really run fluxbox.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by MMcD488 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:34 pm

On my desktop I went from Cinnamon to KDE. I liked having more customization options and so far KDE has been more stable on my machine. On my laptop, I switched from Lubuntu to Mint 18 XFCE because It's still light on resources but looks far better and has more customization options.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by DeMus » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:42 pm

Still use KDE of course, the one and only DE there is. I don't use Mint however but SolydK in 2 versions in a dual boot configuration. I have the normal stable SolydK 8 (based on Debian Jessie) with KDE 4.xx and since this week I have SolydK 9-EE (Enthusiasts Edition) with Plasma 5.8.2, based on Debian testing.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Rosko » Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:59 pm

I joined the Mint family with 17.2 Cinnamon and stayed with Cinnamon through the 18 update. As each DE for 18 was introduced I installed them to try them out and eventually settled on XFCE, I just find it easier to navigate and setup to my liking.

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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Shabby » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:55 pm

I switched from Cinnamon 32 bit to Xfce 64 bit after I increased my RAM from 2 to 4GB,the maximum my motherboard supports.

I chose Xfce as it's supposed to be the lightest DE,less of a resource hog,as the upgrade potential of my machine is limited.Adopted 64 bit version to have access to more programs - Chrome browser,for example,as an alternative to Firefox so I can watch stuff on Netflix.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by GoLinux » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:12 pm

Used LMDE Cinnamon for a few years. Rather than going to LMDE 2, I decided to give a shot to Mint 18, but went with Mate. As you can see in my sig, my hardware is modest (and old now, 2011 laptop). So, I went with Mate to make sure I kept it "snappy". Very happy with it so far.

By the way, I have been using Mate already on another even older laptop, an IBM Thinkpad T41, but runnng PCLinuxOS. The T41 has a non-PAE, single core, 32bit Pentium M processor. Oddly enough, years ago, when I was looking for a distro that worked well on that machine, the Linux Mint version available then did not work very well. Some issue with the graphic card, I think. It did boot, but all the desktop windows would show up empty...
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by TooMuchTime » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:18 pm

I started with Ubuntu 14 a few years ago and that was with the default DE. It was okay but I wasn't familiar with it and had a somewhat tough time. I don't blame Ubuntu; I blame myself for having a Windows mindset at the time. I then installed Mint 17.3 Cinnamon on this laptop and liked it A LOT. I wanted a separate Home partition so I upgraded to Mint 18 Cinnamon. I've tried the other three DEs and I do like them. I just like Cinnamon better. I have installed Cairo-Dock, using the Aluminum theme, moved the default panel to the top, and I really like the look. As much as I actually thought about changing DEs (Xfce was going to be the choice) I really like Cinnamon. So I stuck with it and have never been happier with my choice.

My desktop will be moving to Mint 18 Cinnamon in a few weeks. Windows is worse than useless.

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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Citizen229 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:32 pm

I started using mint ( that sounds drug related) at 17.1. Cin on desktop pc and XFCE on laptops. I havent tried out 18 yet but I want too. But so far I am finding that XFCE is appearing to be a superior DE. If you are into flashy and modern then by gosh Cin is for you. But the older I get I am liking simplicity. I am still a noob in the linux world so simplicity is kind of a must right now.
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by BG405 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:49 pm

I'm still not quite ready to migrate to Mint 18 but the intention is to change the Dell (server etc.) from Cinnamon to KDE. Although I love Cinnamon, I prefer the way KDE works and it better suits my ways of doing things. Dolphin beats anything else I've used hands down and I generally like the KDE apps better, so once some of the customization options currently missing from 18 KDE (or moved somewhere I can't find them) are found/integrated I'll be making the switch.

I intend to run one machine with Cinnamon from that point so I can demonstrate it and offer to install it, provide support etc.. :)
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by Jedinovice » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:41 am

Interesting that I seem to be picking up a lot of love for XFCE.

It reflects what I have noted in a number of threads that XFCE seems to be winning over a lot of people.

[Personally I think 'simple' = when I want to do it, it can do it! :D ]
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by kdemeoz » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:20 pm

Jedinovice wrote:Interesting that I seem to be picking up a lot of love for XFCE.
Yes, as i mentioned above, Xfce+Compiz has really pleasantly surprised me; for a Lappy it seems a pretty attractive proposition -- lots of eye-candy goodies akin to KDE-lite but with less resource demand, & [much] more interesting & versatile [for my tastes] than Cinnamon or Mate. For a Desktop/Tower however, nothing has shaken my strong ongoing preference for KDE.

The one thing troubling me with Mint 18 Xfce on my Lappy is the unsatisfactory WiFi reliability. Per here viewtopic.php?f=57&t=233185&start=20 it has so far evaded all attempts to solve it, & i am now so irate with it that i am seriously considering returning my Lappy also to the KDE fold [which nowadays for me = Maui, not Mint, due to the latter's unacceptable Kubuntu-shackles holding it back at Plasma 5.6.5].
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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by DwightD » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:56 pm

I was with KDE for years! Everything was working well through Linux Mint 17.3. I didn't care for the look or feel of Linux Mint KDE 18. Too many problems for me. I looked at Cinnamon and it works well, but, I stopped hopping when I looked at Linux Mint MATE 18. This is very nice!!

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Re: Mint 18. DId you jump DE?

Post by pdhunter1987 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:57 pm

From 17.3 to 18, stayed with Cinnamon but recently switching entirely to KDE full time.

Plasma 5.6 is the only version I've tried, works for me.

Anyone who wants later versions of KDE plasma, just use KDE Neon.

Mint 18 KDE does it for me...
Now I can get on with getting things done and actually using computer again.

Finally I think getting rid of the distros/desktop hopping syndrome!! :lol:
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