• @Nimrod@lemm.ee
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      53 months ago

      What are the actual differences between Ubuntu mint and Debian Mint? I’ve been using the former for a while now, but I just started exploring plain Debian (and kinda loving it). All this talk about Debian Mint is making me get the distro itchy foot.

      • palordrolap
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        Ubuntu is based on Debian anyway, so LMDE cuts out the middle-man so to speak.

        The release scheduling is different, as are kernel updates (I think. Haven’t used regular Mint in years now) and anything specifically Ubuntu isn’t there, not that I can actually point to anything specific there.

        If you’ve a particular distrust (however vague) of Canonical or aren’t keen on their decisions about what goes into Ubuntu (and what doesn’t), using LMDE might be worth a shot. Likewise if you just like to be different.

        For everyday daily driver business, there’s not a lot to choose between them.

        • @Nimrod@lemm.ee
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          13 months ago

          Thanks for the reply. Seems I don’t have much to gain by making the switch. I do like that most questions I google come with Ubuntu answers that are relevant.

          • @Diplomjodler3@lemmy.world
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            23 months ago

            I’ve been using both for a while and from a practical point of view there really isn’t much difference. I guess it all comes down to ideological purity.

            • @Nimrod@lemm.ee
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              13 months ago

              That’s what I was worried about. I’ll leave it be for now. If I do end up distro hopping, I’ll probably try out something I never have.

              Honestly, it seems to me that there are far more tangible differences between desktop environments than actual distros.

          • swab148
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            13 months ago

            All the Ubuntu answers will work for Mint as well

        • @Holzkohlen@feddit.de
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          13 months ago

          For everyday daily driver business, there’s not a lot to choose between them.

          Unless you have an Nvidia GPU cause LMDE lacks the neat driver installer (easy upgrade AND downgrade between driver versions). No Edge version with more up to date kernel either.

  • @Barack_Embalmer@lemmy.world
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    173 months ago

    I have used Ubuntu as the daily driver for the last 10 years, because support and tools are widespread and easy, and I don’t need any extra pain in my life. Drivers are mostly present and working upon a clean install, and in the one case where the touchpad wasn’t recognized, it was super easy to find an ubuntu forum post containing a 1-line command to fix it. But everybody says i should hate it and use Mint instead.

    I’m open to give it a go, but in general, will most of the tutorials and fixes you find for Ubuntu also work with Mint?

    • illectrility
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      423 months ago

      Mint is Ubuntu-based so yeah, most stuff will work.

      But also: The only reason I don’t recommend Ubuntu is because of Snaps and telemetry. If someone decides that they don’t mind, I don’t care. Everyone should just use the distro they like best

        • @ILikeBoobies@lemmy.ca
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          Snaps are a more powerful flatpack

          Like an .exe on Windows

          They are able to do system components

          People don’t like them because the server that serves snap is closed source. Since Snaps themselves are open source they could be changed to not use Canonical but then it would be a fork

          Telemetry is sending data to the company that makes the OS, normally in Linux this is opt-in but on Ubuntu it is opt-out

          • @fakeman_pretendname@feddit.uk
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            The other reason for not liking Snaps is badly implemented sandboxing. Unless they’ve fixed it more recently, the Snap version of a program cannot see your USB stick, your printer, your scanner, ½ of your fonts, your 2nd internal hard drive, your custom plugins etc and it can’t connect to other software also installed on the computer.

            There’s (to my knowledge) not currently an easy system to grant access to these things - whereas Flatpak, for instance, has Flatseal, which let’s you alter the permissions of all your Flatpak programs.

            Perhaps if they’d launched Snaps with an android-like “would you like to give this program access to…” sort of thing, there’d be less of a problem.

            There is of course a chance this has all been fixed since - but I’ve certainly not heard of it happening.

  • Sagrotan
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    113 months ago

    Every time I see “green Ubuntu” I’m remembering me, 25 years ago, with another green Linux, Suse, with 12 cdRoms, trying desperately to install it on my ancient grey brick.

  • Cyber Yuki
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    33 months ago

    Oh hey I might switch to Mint, Canonical pushing things on me is making me uneasy…

    Linux Mint is killing its KDE Edition

    (sigh) Never mind.