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Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by mediclaser » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:00 pm

"It is important for Linux Mint to continue to support LMDE as a fallback option in case Ubuntu ever disappeared"

Many of you are familiar with the above quote. But as users-only of Linux (non-developers) what would be your fallback Linux distro if Linux Mint is to disappear? What if the Mint team eventually gets demotivated/discouraged and forget how good LM really is?

It's hard for me to find another distro with similar capability or ease of use as Linux Mint. If I was as good as the more experienced users here, I would probably be able to pick any distro without problem. But my intended use, present knowledge, and preferences affect which one works for me.

I understand I may have to give up features I like in Mint which may not be present in other distros. But I have totally eliminated certain distros from my list. For example, I would not pick a rolling release type, because I don't want to spend time troubleshooting/fixing issues and breakage caused by things not fully tested. Also, I would not pick a distro that depends on a one-man team. And if I would doubt Ubuntu's future, I would also question Debian's future. This means my fallback distro must not be based on Debian (honestly, I need somebody to assure me Debian will be in good hands).

Considering the things mentioned above, I'm trying to learn distros like openSUSE (Leap). Man, I sure have to learn new things and do things differently using that one.

How about you guys? What would be your fallback distro? And what would be your criteria for choosing one?
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by OtterGauze » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:51 pm

Since Linux Mint is Ubuntu-Based, if LM was to disappear but Ubuntu remained, I would probably switch to another Ubuntu-based distribution, such as Linux Lite. If Ubuntu was to fall apart (for whatever reason), LMDE would always be there. If

Infact, Linux Lite is my go-to distribution for low-powered machines and old laptops. Mint is nice, but isn't configured specifically for low-end systems out of the box. It does decently well on them, though.

Overall,
Ubuntu Dies -> LMDE
Linux Mint as a whole Dies -> Linux Lite
Linux Lite isn't an option -> Debian or just plain Ubuntu

I'm actually torn on LL and LM, I like them both very much.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Pierre » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:05 pm

that's an extremely unlikely scenario - the LinuxMint Project is now one of the Major Linux Systems.
but, I'd suppose, never say never, and there is an whole slew of nice Linux Systems out there.

you should always be across an few of them - just in case.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by WharfRat » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:21 pm

I'm sure you could find a distro here :wink:
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Schultz » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:27 pm

mediclaser wrote:
And if I would doubt Ubuntu's future, I would also question Debian's future. This means my fallback distro must not be based on Debian (honestly, I need somebody to assure me Debian will be in good hands).
If that must be the case, I would suggest PCLinuxOS. If that wasn't the case, I'd suggest Devuan (or an offshoot of Devuan, like Refracta or Exe GNU/Linux).

But the chances that all three, Mint, Ubuntu, and Debian, would go away is probably as close to zero as you can get.

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Dot_mdb » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:38 pm

I certainly hope Mint lives on in all of its flavors. And I don't think Debian is going any place. I've been evaluating MX Linux and I am impressed by it. I think it is useful in some situations that Mint can't handle. So for now MX Linux is my fall back distro.

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by KBD47 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:20 pm

I don't think Mint is going anywhere, even if Ubuntu does something dumb. LMDE is the backup plan, and it's based on Debian which will survive the apocalypse :wink:
MX, Debian, and LMDE are my 3 favorite distros and I expect them all to outlast me :)

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by bob466 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:43 am

Not another one of these silly Threads Image being number one...Mint's not going anywhere. Image
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Fred Barclay » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:09 pm

I'd probably use Ubuntu MATE for my laptop. Debian stable or Arch on my desktop, just depends on how adventurous I'd feel. :mrgreen:
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by kenetics » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:23 pm

I've tried most of Ubuntu's offerings (plus many others) over the years and the one I'd felt most comfortable with was XFCE. Not as pretty as Mint Cinnamon but stable and easy to use.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Portreve » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:12 am

I'm not sure why you would include Debian here, as it is not only one of the biggest and most broadly-supported distros, it is also one of the oldest, and is in fact the source for many things across the GNU+Linux world as well as the ultimate source for many distros themselves.

It's like RedHat in pretty much all of those respects, BTW.

I have no backup plan in that eventuality. Maybe I'll switch to something else, or maybe by that point I'll no longer be using a computer. Or, perhaps by then I'll be dead and I won't care what people do or what happens.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by 1.618 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:45 am

My fallback option would just be the latest Mint release before the project ended. I would just stay on an older version of Mint. :)

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by lsemmens » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:20 am

Time was when people had to compile and link your own programs. I doubt that we'll ever need to return to those days. If Mint were to disappear from the landscape, there would be another replacement. If M$ or bits of fruit disappeared the other would probably take over. Who remembers CP/M? There are more than a couple of alternates these days, so it's unlikely that the world will end.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by Hoser Rob » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:07 pm

Ubuntu disappearing before Mint sounds just ridiculously unlikely to me.

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by JerryF » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:08 pm

If Mint were to disappear, I'm with OtterGauze. I would go to Linux Lite. That was my second choice of a Linux OS. It's very similar to Mint.

If Lite disappeared, then I think I'd go to MX.

Other choices would be Ubuntu, Fedora, Peppermint.
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by mediclaser » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:42 pm

Schultz wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:27 pm
mediclaser wrote:
And if I would doubt Ubuntu's future, I would also question Debian's future. This means my fallback distro must not be based on Debian (honestly, I need somebody to assure me Debian will be in good hands).
...
But the chances that all three... would go away is probably as close to zero as you can get.
My impression is if Debian goes away every distro that is based on it goes away as well. And I don't know how far developers are willing to go as far as continuing their work that depends on somebody else's work that is no longer.
If you're looking for a greener Linux pasture, you won't find any that is greener than Linux Mint. ;)

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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by mediclaser » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:50 pm

Hoser Rob wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:07 pm
Ubuntu disappearing before Mint sounds just ridiculously unlikely to me.
Exactly!
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Re: Your fallback option in case Mint ever disappeared

Post by ShyGuy » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:27 pm

I would probably choose Pop!_OS with Cinnamon as long as Cinnamon was still around. If not, I would go for Elementary OS maybe?

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