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Linux Mint: The new Ubuntu?

Nov 13, 2011, 00:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Kennedy)

[ Thanks to Ranjith for this link. ]

"Unity has caused an uproar in the Linux community. What's worse, by all appearances it has caused a defection of users in droves to distros like Linux Mint, now the second most popular Debian-based distribution out there and gaining fast on Ubuntu. If you follow my Linux travels, back in September I talked a bit about Unity and its effect on Ubuntu's user base. The article had well over 100 comments, most lambasting Unity and Canonical's choice to force it upon its users.

"So, what's happened in two months? In a word: Unity. I stated back in September that I had the feeling that Unity on the desktop was causing me to be a more lazy user as far as Linux was concerned, and I was right. Ubuntu took away most of the customization controls Linux users had grown accustom to; one of the main reasons to use Linux at all over Microsoft or Apple. I was clicking where I wasn't used to clicking, and finding myself using the search functionality over shortcuts, which added steps and interrupted the flow of working. To me an operating system should be invisible; something that gets out of your way so you can do what you're supposed to be doing. Unity's new interface seemed that way at first, but once the novelty wore off I could felt the time sink casual usage had become and how it affected my work."

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