These days the popularity of Debian-based distros is sky-scratching. While Ubuntu is an absolute king on desktop, Linux Mint is not far behind. Let’s talk about why people choose Mint over Ubuntu.
Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions aimed to onboard Windows users. It is based on Ubuntu – another Linux distribution. That’s the best option for those users who want to switch from the proprietary Microsoft’s OS to Linux. It’s convenient, functional, and stable, and it has a vast community. You can easily find lots of info about this distro, i.e., in case you encounter a problem, you may solve it just by googling.
There are beautiful and modern graphical environments in Linux Mint like Cinnamon, MATE, and XFCE. There are separately tested builds for every graphical interface, which is quite impressive.
The distribution has an excellent localization feature. There is one of the best software managers in Linux Mint, and the process of app installing takes only a single click (just like on smartphones). There’s also a manager in this distribution that allows a smooth system updating. Besides that, Linux Mint has all the software you need for daily work by default: an office suite, a browser, an email client, and so on. Thus, Linux Mint is one of the most user-friendly Linux distributions.
Ubuntu is one of the most well-known and popular Linux distros ever. The majority of Linux-powered desktop computers and laptops have Ubuntu installed. Canonical company develops and supports this distribution, which speaks for its quality, reliability, and stability. The GNOME environment used as the graphical shell here, but Ubuntu is also officially released with other graphical user interfaces, such as Kubuntu.
It’s claimed that Ubuntu may be a perfect choice for those who seek a simple installation process (precisely the same as Linux Mint) and everything configured and ready for use right out-of-box. There’s a convenient Application Manager in Ubuntu and a bit exotic, but still, quite an exciting user interface in the form of the GNOME shell.
If you have a computer with low technical specs, it’s possible to use other Ubuntu derivatives, such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu, they are also suitable for the role of a Linux distribution for home and office usage.
Five reasons why Linux Mint preferable over Ubuntu
Much humble memory requirements
Cinnamon takes up almost half as much memory space as Unity (and significantly less than GNOME). The owners of the most powerful computers with i7 or i9 and 16 GB RAM do not need to worry about this. However, if the RAM is only 4 GB, it is better to decide on Cinnamon.
Linux is often used as an additional system, and it’s usually installed on a fairly old computer with very modest technical characteristics. Of course, there are even more resource-efficient versions. Still, in the case of Mint, we are talking about a system that is not only careful of computer resources but also has excellent functionality.
Software Manager is more elegant, faster and easier
I guess our readers are used to working with the Play Market and App Store on your smartphone. This element is also present in many Linux distributions. Ubuntu Software Center takes a long time to boot up and is very demanding for system resources. The “mintinstall” works quite fast. Apps are grouped by category and it will be easier for you to navigate the interface.
Linux provides the ability to add additional software sources. In Mint, this tool works much more efficiently. Even at a first-time use, most likely you won’t have questions about where and how to add a new repository.
If something goes wrong during your insight into the new system and the software source settings are lost, you can always restore the original ones.
All these details may not matter to an experienced user, but they will significantly simplify the process of mastering new software for beginners.
Themes and desktop view
You don’t need to install any additional tool to change themes in Linux Mint. You have many options to customize the appearance of the system interface to suit your taste, just out of the box.
Many necessary programs are pre-installed in Mint. These include GIMP which can replace Photoshop and the popular VLC media player and many other things.
You can easily install all of these in Ubuntu. The only question – if the system is not yet familiar to you, it makes your first steps more challenging. That’s quite a relief when the developers have all essentials pre-installed, configured, and ready for use.