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Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Jan 04, 2011, 04:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Price)

"Our recent article entitled Ubuntu As Intended drew in a fair amount of discussion about the base software and configuration in the default Ubuntu install. Some readers pointed out a few alternatives that aim to take the standard Ubuntu desktop and give it more polish than the original. Some of these projects just include a few extra packages, some replace the standard software suite, and others are complete makeovers. Today we aim to sift through a few of the more popular Ubuntu variants to find the best ones of the bunch, and see what they can offer.

"Linux Mint: Let's get the obvious out of the way first. Linux Mint is an extremely popular Ubuntu variant, and for good reason. Mint provides several desktop solutions including Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox and XFCE, and what they all have in common is a solid software base with several of Linux's "trickier" packages already installed. This includes some non-free software so that you have support for MP3, DVD, and Flash right out of the box."

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