Ubuntu versus Linux Mint: Who's the desktop champ?

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Distro Wars: Ubuntu Versus Linux Mint

The distro wars continue to rage, this time around Datamation has a look at the pluses and minuses of Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Which one is better? Well, they say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But this beholder has to give the crown to Linux Mint when it comes to desktop distros. I've never been able to warm up to Ubuntu's Unity desktop, and I'm not the only one. There were quite a few people who left Ubuntu and moved to Linux Mint after Unity was released.

What's your take? Do you prefer Ubuntu or Linux Mint?

Out of the box, Ubuntu and Linux Mint look very different. From colors and icons to the placement of launchers themselves, each distro offers a completely unique experience when compared to one another.

But perhaps the biggest difference between the two distributions is each one's overall direction. Ubuntu is attempting to become a jack of all trades, offering Ubuntu experiences for the desktop, Ubuntu TV and smartphones. Linux Mint on the other hand, is quite content in keeping its original mission of providing a great desktop experience.

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Distro Supremacy on Tablets

Speaking of distros, Tech Radar has a roundup of Linux distros for tablets. I've never run Linux on a tablet, I have an iPad. If Apple continues to make iOS 7 look like My Little Pony, I'd thought to switch to an Android based tablet. But perhaps I'll consider one of the other choices covered by this article: Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, or Kubuntu.

One of the greatest things about Linux is that you get a lot of different options. It's nice to see that happening with tablets as well as desktops.

We had a clever idea (which just proves that it does happen now and then): why not get hold of an x86 tablet, and install Linux on it? After all, if it's x86-based then we can install pretty much anything on it, right? So, here's our roundup of tablet-ready distros.

We managed to get our hands on a rather nice Acer Iconia W500, with a dual core 1GHz AMD-C50 CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch WXGA capacitive screen, an AMD Radeon GMA 6250 and a 32GB SSD.

We wanted an all-out distro to satisfy the needs of every function the tablet has to offer, preferably straight out of the box, so we picked five recent releases - Ubuntu, Android x86, Fedora, Kubuntu Active and OpenSUSE - and put them through their paces, as either a live USB, or installed, to see just how far we could go with this interesting little endeavour.

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