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Operating System Poll; Linux Questions

#11Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 12:44:06 PM
Forced to choose between the two I'd probably do Cinnamon. My desktops run Gnome 3 though, and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon.
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#12BilliePilgrimPosted 8/4/2013 1:06:24 PM
I love having Ubuntu on my laptops. I'd have it on my desktop as well if it weren't for the lackluster gaming support. I have more "problems" running Ubuntu than I have with Windows, but every single problem I have had was a quick and easy fix. I couldn't honestly say the same about Windows. I would say Ubuntu is a good starter linux OS, but I definitely agree with the complaints about Unity.
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#13Doomsday FortePosted 8/4/2013 1:38:02 PM(edited)
I like MATE, though I've also never tried Cinnamon. I hear MATE has lower requirements, and given I'm running Mint on two fairly underspec laptops, I may as well squeeze all the performance I can out of them.

Edit: How easy would it be to switch DEs from MATE to Cinnamon if I felt like seeing the other side?
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#14uhohjonahPosted 8/4/2013 1:40:18 PM
I used to use Ubuntu but I got a new PC that runs Windows 8 and I'm liking it.
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#15Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 1:46:58 PM
Completely trivial. The most efficient way is to pop open a terminal and enter sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment. After that you can just pick between the two environments on your login screen.

You could also do it through the gui package tools by searching for mate-desktop if you really wanted to do it the slow way.
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#16ElementalWindPosted 8/4/2013 2:55:51 PM
You act as if Windows weren't exactly the same way with troubleshooting.
Because it's not -- Windows gives you this nice, friendly-looking "Troubleshoot" button, so you can watch a progress bar fill up while your problem doesn't get fixed!
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#17Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 3:03:36 PM
And completely helpful messages like http://cdni.wired.co.uk/620x413/a_c/bsod.png
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#18Digital StormPosted 8/4/2013 3:49:04 PM
I'd rather be working on a *nix system than a Windows one. I don't like my operating system to tell me what I can and can't do or be a brick wall when it comes to a problem. At least I know exactly where I stand with a *nix install.
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#19eragonman9(Topic Creator)Posted 8/4/2013 8:04:18 PM
ElementalWind posted...
You act as if Windows weren't exactly the same way with troubleshooting.
Because it's not -- Windows gives you this nice, friendly-looking "Troubleshoot" button, so you can watch a progress bar fill up while your problem doesn't get fixed!


"Windows is searching for a solution to the problem".
Yeah, it has never found a solution ever.
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#20darkstar4221Posted 8/4/2013 10:39:05 PM(edited)
Not surprised by the results. Microsoft owns 90% of the desktop market and since there is no viable alternative to windows, the only option for the consumer particularly when it comes to support is windows, just further proof that MS is a monopoly.

If there was a viable alternative to windows, of the course the desktop landscape would be very different.