Why Linux Mint?

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Why Linux Mint?

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I have tried multiple Distro. But I always come back to Linux Mint or Ubuntu. My questions is not whether which is better. But what is the purpose of this Distro. It does everything Ubuntu does. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. I run Ubuntu, Mint, Windows in my PC (Actually Laptop. Dont killme pcmasterrace). I always get this feeling that even if Mint is abandoned. I can always switch back to Ubuntu and use the same.

Also, Why Cinnamon Desktop? I am new linux user. I use it a lot for work. But never used it for PC's. I tried multiple DE's. My favorite ones are GNOME and KDE. Why create a new DE when there already a bunch of good ones out there.

It maybe a stupid question. But "Stupid is what stupid does.".

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Mint = Ubuntu LTS with some sensible improvements, mainly (but not exclusively) on the issues of heightening stability and maintaining a predictable traditional user interface. Plus a couple of smart extra tools thrown in. What's not to like? :mrgreen:
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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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Mint was started by users who didn't like the direction Ubuntu was going or the Unity Desktop. Cinnamon is a modernize version of Gnome 2 as is Mate. Keep in mind not everyone likes KDE or Gnome 3. I prefer Xfce for example.

Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.

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Never really understand questions along the lines of 'x desktop is not my favourite, so why does it exist?'

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Linux Mint Cinnamon is the only distribution I have ever used. The reason I did not look at other Linux distributions is because how easy it was for me to move from Windows to Linux Mint Cinnamon. Plus how easy it was to install on a variety of hardware configurations - desktop, laptop, dual boot, old computers, and relatively new computers.
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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
What you mean by fiddle around? Ubuntu and Mint works just fine with just the defaults. I dont touch settings for normal use ever.

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MintBean wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:19 pm
Never really understand questions along the lines of 'x desktop is not my favourite, so why does it exist?'
I find that more people are thinking like that.

If I don't like this or that, then it shouldn't be made. :roll:
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whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
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Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
I wish I could agree with that statement, but there are so many people in these forums (I'm including myself), who have had to fiddle with Mint to get it working properly.
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It worked properly out of the box, I just like fiddling with it :)
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Moved to Chat about Linux Mint as it is not a support request

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whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
Nonsense. If that were true then these forums wouldn't be full of posts asking for assistance.
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catweazel wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:54 pm
whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
Nonsense. If that were true then these forums wouldn't be full of posts asking for assistance.
Why isn't Windows that way with all the manufacturer support they get?

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Why Mint, why Cinnamon? Both of them are rather popular, so they apparently fill a need.
I use them because they are the first OS and DE I ran into (when I went looking) that immediately felt like something I could use. They felt understandable and friendly to me, as a newcomer. And I had no reason not to use them.
Someone wanted to make them. Many people want to use them.

So, here's another question: why not Linux Mint? Why not Cinnamon?
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Why not Ubuntu 18.04?

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Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
+1!!!

Mint is the ONLY Linux distro that has worked on everything I've thrown at it without a lot of playing around "under the hood". Even Windoze would not do that for me. The reason that there are so many support requests here is that this is the MINT forum, as opposed to hundreds of Windoze help fora. My observation is that many people who have migrated to Linux, mint in particular, are those who do like to push the envelope with what they want their computer to do. They also want a stable environment that recovers well when something goes wrong. Most, if not all, have discovered that the M$ product cannot perform as well as a good Linux distro can, nor does the M$ product allow the customisation options that most Linux Distros can.
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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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catweazel wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:54 pm
whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
Nonsense. If that were true then these forums wouldn't be full of posts asking for assistance.
Agreed, anyone who thinks any Linux distro "just works" knows absolutely nothing about Linux.

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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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lsemmens wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:04 am
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My observation is that many people who have migrated to Linux, mint in particular, are those who do like to push the envelope with what they want their computer to do.
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Well, I find just the opposite. Most people (and I include myself) are/were just trying to get their hardware recognized such as getting their printer or scanner working. I wouldn't consider that "pushing the envelope".
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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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Hoser Rob wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:24 am
catweazel wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:54 pm
whm1974 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Mint is also for people who just want a working system without having to fiddle around after installation.
Nonsense. If that were true then these forums wouldn't be full of posts asking for assistance.
Agreed, anyone who thinks any Linux distro "just works" knows absolutely nothing about Linux.
I've been using Linux for a long time and I'm well aware of the issues Linux has faced. So far in my experience both Mint and Manjaro are easy to get a working and usable system up and running quickly. Yes you will have to do a few treats here and there, but that is true or any OS you use.

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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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whm1974 wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:54 am
I've been using Linux for a long time and I'm well aware of the issues Linux has faced. So far in my experience both Mint and Manjaro are easy to get a working and usable system up and running quickly. Yes you will have to do a few treats here and there, but that is true or any OS you use.
As much as I despise Windows now, I have to say that it was rare that I had to "do a few treats here and there" to get my attached hardware working out of the box while using Windows. Companies have been providing Windows software for decades to get hardware working.

In Linux, I've had to more than just "do a few treats here and there" to get some hardware working. Luckily, I've had help from the forums and using some intuition to get things solved.

But overall...I'm loving Linux Mint much more than Windows now!
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Re: Why Linux Mint?

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Question: Why Linux Mint?
Answer: Windows.

Another 10 round bout with the spouse-unit's computer. Restart-freeze-hard boot-slow-restart-update-restart-update-restart-update...ad infinitum. It was pretty much just a real expensive paperweight all of yesterday. It has Mint 18.3 in a dual boot configuration. Zero issues with that install. So...I second Moem's question:

Why NOT Linux Mint?

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