LinuxMint 11 was released this morning and hopefully in the first couple of weeks of June i am gonna migrate my system from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat to Linux Mint 11 Katya.
I started using Ubuntu since the 4.10 and since then never went to even consider another distribution as my desktop OS(actually got so many people to migrate to Ubuntu from other distros). So what has changed? Well from one perspective, everything and from other, nothing. Lets discuss the second perspective first. Ubuntu has always targetted to be Windows alternate and provide as little migration hurdles as possible. This included adding support for various stuff such as migrating documents and bookmarks from windows, giving option to install restricted extras… the list goes on. The recent step in this regard was to move to Unity, something which most of my windows friends find quite fascinating and even more when they know its not Windows 7 customization pack but linux.
Now comes the other perspective. While Cannonical might be totally justified in their decisions of such rapid changes, i find them hard to adapt to. I am a Linux user and want as much flexibility as much as i can get. In terms of a friend, if i want to shoot myself in foot, OS should allow it by all means neccessary. However to new Linux/Ubuntu users such choices and flexibility might be a hindrance to easily fit with their new OS. So thats why i said Cannonical ‘might’ be justified. But where i am concerned i feel more and more contained inside a shell (not `the shell’), and lets just also admit that while spending more time in doing real stuff on my laptop i am left with no time to learn a new UI. Ofcourse there are other reasons as well.
One can install Gnome and bring back all the old looks to Ubuntu but why bother? One of the reasons that convinced me to try Linux was that most productivity tools come installed out of box. Being a sysadmin i am also probably the laziest guy around. So putting it all together I and new Ubuntu just don’t fit that well anymore. I think its time to break up and do a fresh start.
Why LinuxMint of all distros? A million reasons. I leave the exercise to find some of those on google to the reader.
WebUpd8 shared this over twitter and i couldn’t agree more: http://i.imgur.com/0oVQR.png
The purpose of this article was to express why Ubuntu isn’t suited for me. This might not be the case for you, specially if you are/recently migrat(ing/ed) from Windows. Its an awesome Linux distro and actually the one which got me using Linux fulltime, no denying that.