xorgate wrote:KDS Neon or Maui?
Hi, at this stage I do not think anyone can say with absolute certainty.
I have not had chance to look at Maui and circumstances forced my hand into making a choice to replacement for Mint sooner than I intended. So I went Neon.
It seems to be this:
Maui is, in many ways, Mint KDE. It comes as a complete OS with all the trimmings ready to go and could well be the logical successor to Mint KDE. In that sense it makes sense to go with Maui.
However, it is a rather 'Johnny come lately' distro and it's not clear how long it run for… However, with Mint KDE going under many people who want KDE are not going to be looking at Mint in the future and it looks like Maui is the logical sucessor. So I expect Maui to become a LOT more popular soon!
KDE Neon boasts that it is not a distro… though quite how it makes that claim I do not know.
It seems solid enough and quite fast, though 'discovery' is an utter load of tosh and installing Synaptic or Muon is a must!
It then requires installing much more to make it into a fully usable distro. There is no GUI partition manager installed, no office suite, no GIMP, no screen capture… it's a bare bones system. So it's more for the techie user who is willing to install and install and install and then go. Having said that, Windows is much like that as well. With Mint you get spoiled.
The upside of Neon is knowing it is supported by the KDE team directly and so likely to hang around. For those of us who really want to standardize and want an assured long running, no distro hopping scenario (I run masses of laptops in my business. Distro hopping is not the plan!) then Neon is the natural go to.
Soooo…. If you are looking for a complete OS that really mirrors Mint KDE then I would say that Maui seems the way to go. At that level, probably Maui is for you.
If you are that little bit more experienced and ready to install the missing bits – which is not a big deal really, (especially if one install 'Aptik' first!) then Neon can provide peace of mind. Once the bits are installed Neon runs virtually as Mint, though a tad faster... I think. Been unable to test.
But I am expecting Maui to become much bigger soon. Eventually I think Maui will be the KDE distro to watch.
For me, though, I need a known quantity. I am now supporting a number of Linux KDE users and I gotta standardise! I could not take a chance on Maui.
Hope that helps. In the end, each must try and see. Virtualbox can help your personal choice! Even my dual core atom machines will allow a run up of Neon or Maui for testing… at a pinch.