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Which version is best

Postby Cripple73 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:06 pm

I'm fairly new to the Linux mint OS and have been using the cinnamon version, dual boot with windows 10, just wanting to know if I should try any of the other versions? I'm running on an Asus zenbook?

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Re: Which version is best

Postby Pjotr » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:50 pm

There is no "best" version. All are good. It's mainly a matter of taste. :)

The lightweight Xfce edition is best for weak hardware, though.
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Re: Which version is best

Postby JoeFootball » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:54 pm

Cripple73 wrote:...just wanting to know if I should try any of the other versions?

If you're looking to determine which version is best, then yes, you should try the other versions, as you're the only one who can determine what's best for you.

In my experience, choosing a desktop environment (e.g., Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, etc.) is like choosing an overall distribution (e.g., Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, etc.). No one is universally better than the others, as it primarily depends on one's personal preferences, and perhaps hardware limitations as well.

Also note that you're not limited to choosing one version of Linux Mint, as it's possible to install multiple distinct instances of each on one hard drive.

Lastly, while technically possible, I would avoid mixing multiple desktops on a single deployment of Linux Mint.

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Re: Which version is best

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Re: Which version is best

Postby Cripple73 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:25 pm

JoeFootball wrote:
Cripple73 wrote:...just wanting to know if I should try any of the other versions?

If you're looking to determine which version is best, then yes, you should try the other versions, as you're the only one who can determine what's best for you.

In my experience, choosing a desktop environment (e.g., Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, etc.) is like choosing an overall distribution (e.g., Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, etc.). No one is universally better than the others, as it primarily depends on one's personal preferences, and perhaps hardware limitations as well.

Also note that you're not limited to choosing one version of Linux Mint, as it's possible to install multiple distinct instances of each on one hard drive.

Lastly, while technically possible, I would avoid mixing multiple desktops on a single deployment of Linux Mint.

Joe


Thanks Joe,
I am debating whether to remove windows 10 completely as I never use it anymore, my zenbook runs a SSD drive so not huge storage for multiple boots!

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Re: Which version is best

Postby JasonStonier » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:47 pm

My personal favourite is Mint Mate. I tried Cinnamon and XFCE, and for my average hardware, Mate has been the best performance / looks / usability ratio for me, which includes running a few games in Steam For Linux.

There are one or two things that annoy me about it, but on the whole it meets everything I need, and it certainly beats Windows Spyware Edition on all counts.

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Re: Which version is best

Postby jimallyn » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:56 pm

Which version is best? My favorites are Cinnamon and XFCE. I have a fairly powerful desktop computer at home, and I run Cinnamon on it. I also have an older laptop, which is relatively puny, and I run XFCE on that. I have installed XFCE on older laptops for friends, and it works well. When a friend wanted Linux on an older laptop, I installed, one at a time, Cinnamon, MATE, and XFCE, then examined RAM usage. XFCE uses the least memory, then MATE, then Cinnamon. The difference between XFCE and MATE is about 200 MB as I recall, and the difference between XFCE and Cinnamon is about 400 MB. When the laptop only has 2 GB of RAM, I'll use my RAM for something other than just running the desktop.
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