Why I’m ditching Linux Mint In favour Of Ubuntu – Vlog

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I talk about some of the things I like and some of the things I don’t about two of the most popular Linux distributions out there.
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From the Ubuntu website, “In April 2018, the next long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu will come with GNOME Shell as default. Ubuntu 17.10 is the first release to include the new shell, so it’s a great way to preview the future of Ubuntu.”

From the Linux Mint website, “The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a…


  1. Ubuntu is generally lighter on resources (depending on what DE you use), but Mint comes with DVD reading software out of the box. If you are running a home theater system, I would recommend Mint, otherwise go with Ubuntu.

  2. Ubuntu is not better when it comes to upgrade releases. I ditched Ubuntu for Mint because of the "Unity" desktop and because I got saying "Ubuntu" Sounds like the United nations is going to occupy my computer.
    I'm using Mint LTS (long Term Support)

  3. linux mint is good and stable but not on bleeding edge like ubuntu.
    even my vlc player got outdated version on Mint. i cant even install ubuntu software center on mint to get latest version. mint has its own software center but not keeping latest packages and software. mint is very conservative and still not started work on kde plasma version.

  4. When upgrading Linux Mint I usually just keep the /home partition and choose manual partitioning. Not difficult at all and more convenient than doing/restoring backups.
    Other possibility is just waiting for the official upgrade path to be enabled in the linux mint installer. I dont know about Linux Mint Debian Edition though.

  5. I never understand why so many people upgrade all the time anyway. Just go with an LTS release & be done with it. I have always had this approach in computing (even with Windows) & it has served me well. It is a lot of nonsense that you have to be bleeding edge all the time, a lot of the so-called gains are lost with the time & effort required to get everything back to a functional state.

  6. As far as I understand Linux Mint 17 has a more "upgradey" method of doing this, so that you get 17.1, 17.2,  etc… That being said if users do indeed keep a seprate /home drive, this isn't an issue.

    Mint also has the "Mint Backup" facility to ensure your current software choices and settings are backed-up prior to performing an upgarde so that restoring these is easy.

    I'm not a super-techy guy but I can read instructions and therefore have not had any issues upgrading Mint editions before and now with 17 it is even easier.

    And it's CanONical not Canical by the way. 

  7. Linux mint doesn't demand any wiping or specific dedicating of drives or partitions except that you need a partition to put the root mount point of the operating system in…aprt from that, like other Linux distributions it gives you quite a lot of choice…replce the whole drive, resize, delete, create partitions, side by by side installs with another distro….multi-boot many Operating Systems with dedicated partitions, separating your home (data) folder or you can create your own partitions with data that don't have to be the /home folder….install a LTS (Long term support) version and you will have support for five years without having to install a new version…and just keep everything updated…I have 8 operating systems on my computer….Linux Mint being one of them

  8. Who wants to have an OS that needs to be newly installed each and every time? Just do updates / basic upgrades, security patches and focus more on what isn't available, or what doesn't work. Compatible doesn't mean it will work flawlessly. Focus more on drivers / hardware support. If one has a dual boot system, it might be quite hard for them to make / configure all those partitions. Windows OS C:, Linux Root E:, Linux Swap F:, Linux Home G: .. etc. Best would be a Linux only machine and go from there.

  9. So we are now 6 months down the line, and did you stick out Ubuntu, or did you revert back to Mint? Cool video, very articulate and I enjoyed hearing your opinion on the two distros


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