Oh no, Jedonice is going to have a meltdown.
Naw. There are plenty Linux dostros out there.
It was a shock when I read the news having JUST returned from Jakarta having made my visa renewal application. So it was a bit double take.
I grant it's a pain for me. But it's not that much of a surprise. Mint has been a Gnome edition at heart and the move from Plasma 4 to 5 seems to have so steep that it's broken the dev teams back. So I always figured KDE would be dropped after Mint 18.0. That's why I have had an eye on other KDE based distros.
Fortunately, I have bought in laptops and so I have room to test and check. Downloading PCLinuxOS now.
I never really wanted a rolling distro i days gone by but it's getting to be more of an advantage than a disadvantage now and I have liked what I have seen of PCLinuxOS. A lot actually. PCLinuxOS has done some things I wish Mint had. Also, PCLinuxOS is a semi-rolling distro and its a KDEcentric distro. Mint ws also Cinnamon/Mate first.
Clem has decided that that's the way for Mint. I actually always believed that eventually KDE would go.
Yes, KDE is all but essential for my needs and, frankly, it's a right royal pain transferring to another distro but... it's Clem's call and at least with Linux I have choice!!
Given KDE is my wish and not Mint per say, I can move to another distro where KDE is king. I could go Neon if I have to!
Thanks to Clem for all the work to date. Yes,I will be moving on and as fast as I reasonably
can [Gads,I have to fight the Acer broken BIOS again. I gotta find time to get Acer to update the BIOS] but I am very grateful for a great distro to date. But while I could patch KDE into the distro,it's not smart when dealing with the non-technical... like my wife. So I will go where KDE is loved!