"All too often, I hear the word 'easy' being tossed around as if
it's a bad word when describing Linux distributions. It's
unfortunate that in some circles, an easy-to-use Linux distribution
is looked down upon. Thankfully with both Linux Mint and Ubuntu,
this isn't the case. The communities for both distributions are
both very focused on a new user experience. I happen to see this as
a positive thing.
"Despite the mutual goal of offering an easy to use Linux
desktop, I've noticed that Ubuntu and Linux Mint have different
approaches as to how they appeal to their users.
"In recent years, I've actually found the two distributions
shift further apart than ever before. This change isn't a negative
thing, rather a positive highlight that allows both distributions
to differentiate themselves better. The shift began with different
approaches to tools and software. Later, the differences between
the distros evolved to include the desktops as well.
"Today, Ubuntu firmly embraces Unity while Linux Mint holds
tightly to their own re-imagining of the Gnome Shell. In both
examples, the goal is to provide the most seamless experience to
new users as possible. Interestingly enough, the approach taken
with each distribution couldn't be more different when it comes to
the desktop environment."
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