Ubuntu might well be the world’s most widely used flavour of Linux distribution, but whether it’s the best remains a hotly contested, hugely contentious topic.
Obviously, with a name like ours above the door, we’re a little biased, but we’re not blind; many of you, our regular readers, prefer to use other Linux distributions for a variety of reasons. Some are championed because they use something other than Unity (a very poor excuse) while others find favour by trying new and innovative things on the desktop.
What follows are five of the top Ubuntu based Linux distributions as suggested by you.
Linux Mint 17 “Qiana”
- Based on: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Desktop environment: Cinnamon 2.2
No round-up of Ubuntu-based distributions would be worth its salt if it lacked the freshness of Linux Mint. Now one of the most well-known Linux distributions, Mint regularly tops the Distrowatch rankings. It has a fan base that is both fervent and loyal in equal measure — a testament to the direction taken by its de facto leader ‘Clem’.
It has become the recommended stop for those dissatisfied with Canonical’s Unity shell.
The Cinnamon desktop has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a refuge for disillusioned GNOME Shell haters. And in its latest iteration, shipped with Linux Mint 17, it truly shines, with tweaks and polish delivering a more familiar desktop experience than the ‘next generation’ shells of GNOME, Unity, Deepin and ilk.
For a fuss free experience with unique touches (like the graded update system) Mint with Cinnamon a recipe that’s hard to beat.
- Fantastic theming support
- Nemo file manager trumps Nautilus in some areas
- Mini panel applets can add weather, social, etc
- Mint Menu makes finding and launching apps easy