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What are the pro's and con's of switching from Ubuntu to Linux Mint? I have many files and pictures which I will have to backup when I do the change and am really hesitant at this point due to the possibility of losing pics and files. I am not posting this to troll. Just an honest question from a newbie.

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Are you using Gnome on Ubuntu? Feel happy with it, know your way around, performs OK? If so I wouldn't bother switching. If other other hand Gnome irks you and you wish for a more traditional windows like desktop experience then Mint is for you.

Best thing is probably to make an iso and fire it up as a Live Session and have a look around and see what you think.
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Excuse my ignorance but how do I know if I am running GNOME Desktop. Have no idea.
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If you installed regular Ubuntu and not Kubuntu, Xubuntu or Lubuntu etc etc then you are running Gnome.
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Transferring files has nothing to do with it in my opinion. Just backup everything to an external hard drive or thumbdrive. Then transfer it back on to the computer after you switch your distro.

I started out with Ubuntu. But they have really put a lot of bloatware into it now though. A lot of apps that aren't needed and requires a lot of resources (RAM, HDD, etc). And that's what Linux is all about (imho), using an OS that requires very little resources.

I switched to Mint (MATE) because it's very easy and user friendly and it has the essentials.
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smurphos wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:49 am
Are you using Gnome on Ubuntu? Feel happy with it, know your way around, performs OK? If so I wouldn't bother switching. If other other hand Gnome irks you and you wish for a more traditional windows like desktop experience then Mint is for you.

Best thing is probably to make an iso and fire it up as a Live Session and have a look around and see what you think.
I agree.
If you like the classic Windows XP look and navigation, go with Mint (Mate).
The Ubuntu (Unity) is more of a Windows 10 look and feel, in my experience.
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kakashi_12 wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Transferring files has nothing to do with it in my opinion. Just backup everything to an external hard drive or thumbdrive. Then transfer it back on to the computer after you switch your distro.

I started out with Ubuntu. But they have really put a lot of bloatware into it now though. A lot of apps that aren't needed and requires a lot of resources (RAM, HDD, etc). And that's what Linux is all about (imho), using an OS that requires very little resources.

I switched to Mint (MATE) because it's very easy and user friendly and it has the essentials.
How do I do a backup?
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tweetybird wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:17 pm
How do I do a backup?
Copy everything to an external hard drive or thumbdrive.
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Moem wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:41 pm
tweetybird wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:17 pm
How do I do a backup?
Copy everything to an external hard drive or thumbdrive.
Click on the Shotwell Photo icon on the desktop and copy or drag to the external?
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Someone with more knowledge than myself will hopefully chime in. but you should just be able to copy everything in your Home folder to a thumb drive/external hard drive. then just copy it over to your Home folder in Mint. Out of curiosity what is it about Ubuntu you're not happy with, or do you just want to try something different?
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tweetybird wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Click on the Shotwell Photo icon on the desktop and copy or drag to the external?
It's probably better to use your native file manager than an external program from who knows where.
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Photojoe4 wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:16 pm
Someone with more knowledge than myself will hopefully chime in. but you should just be able to copy everything in your Home folder to a thumb drive/external hard drive. then just copy it over to your Home folder in Mint. Out of curiosity what is it about Ubuntu you're not happy with, or do you just want to try something different?
It is my feeling Linux has been compromised by the powers of Ubuntu going against the basic principles that made Linux what it is. Installing Amazon and tracking put a bad taste on it and frankly I no longer trust them.
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How do I do a backup?
I think before you even start contemplating a switch to ubuntu or anything else, you need to institute some sort of backup regime. This forum will help you with lots of things, but if you lose your data, it's your own fault! There are many tools available with advice readily available on the forum. There are two tools I use, both available in the software manager:
  • Timeshift - used to backup your system, i.e. / excluding /home.
  • Backintime - used to backup your data, i.e. /home.
Both are front ends for a program called rsync. The above are the default settings, both can be configured to backup whatever you want. Both can be automated so they backup at intervals defined by you, e.g. daily, or you can run them manually. The advantage of both is that first time they backup everything, thereafter they only backup what has changed - so quicker. The only constraint timeshift has is that it insists on a linux formatted drive/partition, e.g. ext4, it will not backup to an NTFS partition (windows).

You can backup to a USB stick (as long as it is big enough), USB external drive or an internal drive.

Good luck with ubuntu, I just don't like the user interface.
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