Why I’m ditching Ubuntu in favour of Linux Mint – 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 Linux Mint website, “The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.

“Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are: it…


  1. I’m glad it’s not just me that can’t stand the unity desk top, it’s my first Linux os and I don’t like it at all, however the Ubuntu Mate desktop looks great, so now I’m just deciding between Mint Mate and Ubuntu Mate?, plus Ubuntu Mate can be configured almost anyway you could want, but Mint Mate sounds more stable, less compatibility issue and everyone says “it just works”
    What are your most recent recommendations for a newb at this time? theres Mint Mate or Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and 17.10, which is the better Ubuntu Mate these days, so many reviews on YouTube could be out of date? And can I update specifically the security data with these editions on a regular basis without updating the whole OS?

  2. I have no idea why everybody hates the unity interface. It is the best interface of any OS (that includes mobile ones such as android) that I've ever used. It is very clean and makes me feel that my screen is bigger than it actually is. If you don't like the theme then just download unity tweak tool and some themes and install them! The unity tweak tool will also allow you to change a lot of other things.

  3. What do we know about profit? There is never enough, and ultimately it'll get to the point when after having too much profit next thing they will seek is control. Proprietary software on Linux is a horrible idea.

  4. Glad to see finally you came to your senses :-). When I saw the video which had its caption other way round, I was like ":-o Has this chap lost his mind? 😮 :-o". Well glad to see you finally saw sense…

  5. +Chris Were Do you have a Nvidia graphic card? My last experience trying to change W10 to Debian or OpenSuse or any other distribution was terrible. Being able to use 2 screens without any suffering… Install the Nvidia drivers was the most painfully experience that a user can has in a Linux environment. Thanks for the video.

  6. I used ubuntu for at least 7yrs as my main distro, i have had all of them at some point on and off, but i have been using mint over the last month.

    This has been the worst experience I have ever had. So many errors. at one point i thought windows might be an option.

    Shut down errors and freezes, libre office freezes if i have two open
    start up errors. (50% of the time)

    these are just a few issues.

    Hardware: i7 2600k 16gb hyperx 120hyperX ssd ecs mb

    maybe my hardware is broken?
    The i tried i7 6800 asus mb crucial 16gb 120 pny ssd
    Different errors, but happen at the same times as issued above.
    So maybe i need to reinstall? wiped the drive and started again. SAME ISSUES on both sets of hardware.

    I have NEVER EVER had a hardware problem with linux other than wifi maybe 8 years ago.
    Now my search begins, for something other than mint… oh boy.

  7. I never understood why to have your home folder on a second partition until you mentioned it would allow you to keep your data when upgrading and switching distros. That actually makes some sense. Although since I am on a 1 user system, that shouldn't matter too much to me. Especially now that I am using LTS versions just because I hate updates (the updates on linux are way nicer than windows though) and I don't want to constantly upgrade my OS on my main rigs.

  8. Thanks, Chris for an intelligent (if slightly chaotic) vlog. Over the last 30+ years I've come through the MS route (from CP/M and MS-DOS2 no less and Windows 3.1) and, over the years, have been increasingly frustrated with MS. I've dipped my toe tentatively into Linux from time to time but given up (for a variety of reasons) … until now. I'm now in the process of turning over one of my Win 7 PCs to Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon. There are still problems moving long term exclusively to Linux, mainly the lack of specific apps in the areas that interest me but maybe operating Windows in a VM is the answer.

    I agree fully with your comments that Linux needs to become more user friendly if it is to be the OS of choice for the public at large and part of the current problem is a certain snobbishness in the Linux community in wanting to maintain their "exclusivity"!

    In addition, the wide range of Linux options available to a user is just mind boggling, especially to someone who just wants to use their computer as a tool to get specific jobs done. Most of us couldn't care less about what is under the bonnet and I'm in that group myself. Despite being a techie and someone who enjoys detail, there are limits and it reminds me of the advice given in sales training to "state benefits not features", something that the Linux community seems to largely ignore (IMHO).

    Finally a comment on what seems to be missing (or not easily available) in the Linux world at large – there are many of us with many years experience of doing things a certain way with Windows. To newbies, it's frustrating to find that Linux doesn't do things that way and most of us newbies need "Noddy's guides" on switching from Windows to Linux to learn the Linux way of doing things.

    Anyway, thanks again, Chris, for an interesting video, I've subscribed to your channel and will be eagerly looking up other similar videos you've produced.

  9. Ok…

    1) You're a nice guy.

    2) Your way of thinking is incredibly chaotic. I came in expecting a comparison between Ubuntu and Mint and then you got bored and jumped all over the place on the role of Linux, Linux for gaming, the inevitable death of Windows, and so on. Your mind works a lot like mine and I love it.

    3) Being chaotic is an asset but sometimes you need to put all that free flowing water in a jar. 😀

    4) I disagree about your opinion on games. Open source has allowed older games to survive and become greater than they've ever been. I've seen fantastic things done with id Software's old games. But it's a hybrid model: the underpinnings of the game are open source, the content isn't. It's only fair that you still have to buy the game. And I'm also hopeful that this gen will end consoles. I've stuck with PC through thick and thin and I see more good than bad in Valve's philosophy.

    5) Biggest bargain on Steam… Lots of them. The Shadow Warrior reboot is pretty cool and I got it for cheaper than my lunch. I'm sure there's more.

  10. Switched from windows to linux a couple of weeks ago… Tried ubuntu and as you said, just cannot do that unity interface. It's not not intuitive at all. On the other hand, it just feels great using mint. Great video.

  11. Personally I prefer Xubuntu to LXDE. LXDE is simply too minimalist for me. For example, in LXDE I was told to write a script to get my print screen button to work. in Xubuntu it's already built in. LXDE is missing lots of tiny things like that. I get where they are coming from by trying to create as minimal an interface as possible but Xfce and Xubuntu is the best mix of a traditional lightweight desktop with the features you have come to rely on and expect from modern desktops.

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