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[–] Cid 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Really? That seems pretty low for one of the "prettier" looking desktop environments. I have MATE on my Mint machine and XFCE on my Xubuntu (obviously!). Maybe I'll try that one out in the future.

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[–] Fambida 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If you think that's nice try Bunsen Labs (formerly Crunchbang). Minimalism at its finest.

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[–] matt 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Yea, a year ago I started on Mint as my "gateway drug." Was good enough. No further experimenting necessary.

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[–] Milty 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Mint is in a bit of a sweet spot for me too. Debian is cool, tried it out and the stability is nice but I miss ppa's and the ubuntu community in general. Ubuntu is okay but unity is really bland and I'm not sure I like the direction it's headed with the integrated amazon search bullshit and making Mir instead of supporting Wayland. Mint has the best of both worlds, cinnamon is sweet, ppa's work, ubuntu community can help you easily, and I'm pretty sure (but not 100% positive, sorry internet) that Mint will be using wayland at some point.

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[–] Falcon2_0 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

You can get something like Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, or Xubuntu if you don't like unity.

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[–] fracker_monocle 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I think Mint might be my favorite distro for everyday non-programming use. It really just work if you have the computing power for it. Also, I've found Linux Mint to be way better for games than any other distro I've tried (I dualboot it on my gaming computer), so you might not be completely screwed in that respect.

Congrats on the switch to the light side!

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[–] 3097422? 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Linux Mint is great for games. GOG.com even supports Mint officially for their Linux titles.

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[–] fracker_monocle 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Cool. I have an old GOG account, I might just have to dig out the password and take a look.

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[–] Fambida 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Mint also has the best out of the box Steam support I've found. Well, except maybe SteamOS itself, but even then I'd have to see 'em fight it out to be sure.

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[–] fracker_monocle 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm constantly experimenting, TBH. I was using Fedora for a while, but it was a bit too bulky for my tastes. More recently I have been using AntiX for programming. I find the lack of distracting features helps me. Really, all that I want is something I can comfortably have a few terminals and a web browser with a few tabs open in on a tiny computer. I have to take lots of public transportation, so I don't really want to lug around anything bigger than a netbook.

Edit: I also try to use CentOS in a VM every once in a while, just in case I have to work with redhat stuff for some reason.

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Great to see you joined the mint family, I have been a mint user for some time.

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[–] laminatedlama 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I use mint solely for my programming. I'd like to understand linux a little better other than geany and the terminal. What stuff should I download on it?

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[–] Cid 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The Linux Foundation has a free Intro to Linux course on edX. Nothing really advanced but it's a great crash course in the history, philosophy, inner workings (like the processes it goes through when booting up for one example), differences between major distros, networking, shell scripting, and more.

Emphasis on crash course: It wont make you an expert, but it'll definitely boost you to a more intermediate area of understanding without throwing too much at you at once. I think it's a great place to start, and with the knowledge you get there you can pin-point your interests for further study.

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[–] liliacool 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

qt creator

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[–] rhy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It can be confusing all the options, but if you're new from windows, I highly recommend mint mate. The GUI is super solid. I prefer Debian edition, but you may want .ppas