The battle of the Linux Mint vs Ubuntu desktop is becoming increasingly heated as more people prefer the latter over the former. Both Cinnamon and GNOME have all their unique perks, however, such as Cinnamon’s light-weight interface, and GNOME’s great multimedia features. However, unlike Cinnamon, Linux Mint costs much more than your average Ubuntu Desktop, which makes it the better choice for new computers. I tried both Linux Mint and Ubuntu, and the gap in performance is quite astounding.
Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint come with a graphical user interface, however, the Gnome shell theme in Ubuntu is way cooler, and easier to use. Ubuntu on the other hand, doesn’t provide you with the cool graphic interface that Gnome has. Ubuntu, on the other hand, provides a much simpler, and more secure operating system. When it comes to security, you just can’t beat a Linux Mint operating system, especially when it comes to setting up your computer.
Ubuntu also comes with a large collection of pre-installed apps, including most of the standard office suite, like Office & Outlook, and Adobe Reader. These apps are not available in the Linux mint operating system, however. Plus, Mint offers a large collection of free games, and even music players. Unlike Ubuntu, Mint doesn’t allow you to download any extra software. Ubuntu software comes with several pre-installed apps, including the browser Google Chrome, plus Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and Wikipedia among many others.
In addition to having fewer pre-installed apps, the software repositories in Linux mint are much larger compared to the versions of Ubuntu. This allows developers to add more features, customize the operating system, and incorporate new software without the risk of having the entire system hacked. Moreover, there is less software to install, which makes the distribution very fast and efficient. As compared to Windows operating systems, however, Mint lacks a lot of unique features, like the Flash plugin for Internet Explorer, or the Google Toolbar add-on.
If you compare the two distros, one can find a number of differences between them. One of them has a light weight desktop environment, while the other one looks like a dark haired jungle creature. The former comes with a traditional menu system, while the latter came with a panel system. There is also Linux mint vs Ubuntu which has more differences than similarities, but I will not go into those here.
A major difference between the two popular distros is the software availability. Ubuntu is almost unbundled with software. While Linux mint lacks this bundle. It can be said that Ubuntu offers a more diverse range of software than the Windows version. However, for heavy-duty software, such as heavy-duty music players, the Windows version wins the debate.
Ubuntu’s light weight desktop environment is well suited for people who like to customize the system requirements. On the contrary, Linux mint is very difficult to install and configure. Mint’s system requirements are very low, while its graphical user-friendly distros like Kubuntu require more computer resources. As a result, in case of heavy-duty tasks, like heavy-duty gaming, the Ubuntu distros clearly win.