Monday, November 19, 2012

Moving on from Ubuntu

After receiving the suggestion from several people I know, I finally made the plunge and installed Mint at home to replace Ubuntu. I'm very glad I did - I'd almost forgot what it was like not to have to fight against your OS. Looking back, I can't believe what I came to accept as "normal".

I've found the experience with Mint to be much smoother than with what Ubuntu has become. Even the install was easier than I expected. It took a moment to get used to the new package management and updating tools, but I didn't find any problems there. The only issue I've had is that you have to remember not to do a dist-upgrade from the terminal - if you have the Ubuntu repository enabled then it'll pull in things that you don't want (Mint relies on variations of a few core Ubuntu packages, but the Ubuntu versions are seen as newer).

Maybe over time my opinion will change, but for now I would definitely recommend Mint over Ubuntu.