My most recent post outlined a few of the reasons why I was breaking away from Ubuntu. I’ve started using Mint, but I’m not sure how long its going to last.
Linux Mint provided me with the perfect experience out of the box. It looks great. It’s pretty much all of the wonders of the previous versions of Ubuntu without all of the added extras plus a few bonuses. I’m scared to update to the next release, though. The next release includes GNOME 3 and all of the reasons why I switched from Ubuntu in the first place.
The new version of Mint also includes MATE, but from my brief experience with it on Ubuntu it is a degraded GNOME 2 experience. It is a fork from a previous version of GNOME 2 before it included GNOME Shell. It doesn’t include all of the features that were present in GNOME 2. It was also pretty buggy when I used it. Overall, it didn’t feel like a stable or well crafted piece of software just yet. I may give it another shot.
I read through the Gentoo installation manual and it includes some pretty cool stuff. I’m thinking about learning more about how a Linux system works so that my choices of distributions will greatly increase. I’m sure that I could handle more than just Ubuntu and Linux Mint now but if I were to really learn how things were working I could have a lot more control over what software is being ran. I’m not sure if I have the time to get into this stuff, though, so I’m not doing anything big yet.