Ditched Windows 10 for Linux Mint – 6 Months on…

If you are a returning reader you should be aware that about 6 months ago I decided to switch from Windows 10 to Linux Mint. I wrote two articles including one month on and three months on, now it’s time for six months on…

A number of things have changed since my last article and the first thing included installing Ubuntu on my gaming rig. Now you may be wondering why on earth I did that, well after trying out the new Ubuntu Gnome interface on my friend’s computer, I found the interface to suit my needs, and I was able to use the good old sidebar I liked on Ubuntu many years ago. The installation was only for testing purposes and Linux Mint remained installed on my laptop. After using both systems on a daily basis, I was able to make a decision on my permanent distribution and I have a wining operating system!

The second change is that I returned to using Windows for some of the software that I havent found a suitable replacement for. The main program was Vagas Movie Studio. I have used a couple alternatives such as OpenShot but I still missed Vagas, it’s most likely because I know how it works and all the little tricks to make my video better.

What differences did I experience?

The first difference I noticed was the new GUI (Graphical User Interface). It was a lot different to what I was used to using Ubuntu a couple of years ago. The interface felt clean and just made more sence. It also felt faster but that could be because I was used to using Ubuntu on a old, low spec computer.

Comparing Ubuntu to Linux Mint, Ubuntu seemed to be easier in terms of usability for the newbie. For starters, the Ubuntu Software Centre seems to have more software available, I could be totaly wrong with this statment but it’s how I felt using it. However, the Ubuntu Software Center seems to work slower compared to the Software Manager on Linux Mint. The software centre alone isn’t enough to make me switch from Linux Mint. In fact, I bearly use the Software Centre, to begin with.

Whilst I love the new Gnome interface, I still miss Cinnamon and the desktop gadgets which you can probably install on Ubuntu but I haven’t got around to finding out how. The Cinamon interface seems to be easier to customise too. Especially since you need to install the Ubuntu Gnome Tweak Tool for getting more customisation options for applying different icons and themes.

If you follow my YouTube Channel, you might know that I installed Linux Mint on many devices, even an unsupported Asus tablet! The devices always worked smoothly with Linux Mint installed, comparing this to Ubuntu, which seems to be slightly heavier, it underperformed on devices that Linux Mint performed well on.

In terms of overall performance on modern hardware, both systems perform well. But Linux Mint seems to perform better on budget hardware especially the XFCE version.

So is the change to Ubuntu Pernament?

That’s a good question and to answer that, I think I will be keeping to Linux Mint, Whilst I like the changes made in Ubuntu, nothing impressed me enough to make the switch. It’s likely that I need more time to make a decision, however, I think I made my mind up with Linux Mint.

How have I been testing the two systems

I’ve been using Ubuntu as the main system on my rig for a couple of months and Linux Mint on my now old laptop. I haven’t had a chance to install Linux Mint on my new laptop because I’m waiting for a larger SSD to arrive in the post, but there will be a review coming up of the laptop in its default configuration with Windows 10 Home installed and a YouTube video of the entire laptop upgrade, so don’t forget to subscribe so you know when that goes live.

Just from using the two systems on a daily basis I still feel attached to Linux Mint and I still haven’t found any justifiable reasons to make the switch permanently. Therefore, for the forseable future I will stick with Linux MInt Cinnamon.