Which one to chose Linux Mint or Ubuntu?
This is one of the questions that has been out there since Linux Mint came out. This article is not an answer to this question but it will be somewhere in between. We will take a look at top 5 Reasons to Choose Linux Mint Over Ubuntu.
The reason that this is not a complete answer to the question is that it also depends on the person that and answering it different people have different opinions about things what they like and dislike.
As we all know that Ubuntu is a derivative from Debian and Linux Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu then how can Linux Mint be better than Ubuntu? The reason being that derived OS are better they fix most of the issues that are in the parent OS and make the overall feel of using that OS great.
It’s because there are a few things that Linux Mint handles better than Ubuntu, by default. And this ‘by default’ matters when we are talking about a Linux beginner. Because an experienced Linux user will find his/her way. It’s the beginners who struggle with even a seemingly obvious thing.
5 Things that make Linux Mint better than Ubuntu for beginners
There is no doubt that both Ubuntu and Linux Mint are the most popular desktop Linux distros out there.
This comparison will mostly cover the difference between the desktop environments being used by both distros like Gnome or Unity in Ubuntu and Linux Mint Cinnamon.
1. Less Resource Hungry:
If you have an old system and you are having limited system resources like Ram Linux Mint saves a lot of memory usage when compared to Ubuntu Unity desktop environment or Gnome.
- Cinnamon uses 409MB of RAM.
- Unity uses 788MB RAM.
- Gnome uses 674MB RAM.
This matter a lot when you are having less memory in your system then and you don’t want to cut out on performance or system lags this is where Linux Mint shines.
Of course, if you are having 16GB RAM in your system these numbers won’t matter. But if you have like 4GB RAM in your system Cinnamon desktop beats Unity or Gnome both.
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2. Software Manager:
The software Manager in Linux Mint is very simple, elegant and lighter whereas the Ubuntu Software Center take a long time to load and eat up resources and is quite slow while using. And when comparing it to the Software Manager in Linux Mint is lighter, quicker and very responsive while using.
3. Repository Management:
This is perhaps the feature that puts Mint far ahead of Ubuntu in terms of usability.
The Software Source tool in Mint is a lot better than its counterpart in Ubuntu. It provides the option to reset the repositories to default. Which is very useful when you have messed up your repository list.
And it automatically fixes common issues like duplicate repositories or update errors.
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4. Codes, Flash and Additional Softwares Pre-Installed
It is not like there are no codes installed on Ubuntu you can install them during the installation process of Ubuntu but if you forgot to install them then you will find yourself struggling a bit because the repository that has all the codes and Adobe Flash named Ubuntu Restricted Extras but that is not accessible in the Ubuntu Software Center so you will have to run some command to get them working.
On the other hand, Linux Mind also doesn’t come with codes pre-installed but if you go to the Software Manager you can search for codes and will list all the packages that you can install.
In addition to that Linux Mint comes with plenty of applications like GIMP, VLC, etc so you don’t need to install them manually. Not a deal-breaker but still convenient to have them pre-installed.
There is no rocket science involved in installing themes in Ubuntu but Linux Mint does it better.
First, you don’t need to install a new tool just to change themes in Mint. It already has covered it in Settings. On top of that, you can have several themes from the community at your disposal in Themes System Settings under ‘Get more online’ option.
It’s just that Linux Mint seems to be a better option than Ubuntu for an absolute beginner to Linux.
For users who have some experience with Linux desktop, it’s more of a personal liking between Ubuntu and Linux Mint.