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post #1 of 6
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Okay - so here is what's happening..

I'm going to be doing a new build soon and I'm going to get 2 SSDs along with my storage drive, one will be for Windows and I want another small one dedicated to a Linux distro and do Latty's Linux Challenge.

I've tried Linux a few times but have either found the distro a bit daunting (Arch) or ended up going back to Windows purely for games.

I'm currently at university and using a purely Windows box I often get distracted while I should be studying (Games etc.) and I'd like to have Linux to do any of my normal studying/work on but still have Windows for both gaming and other applications I use (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc. ) when I need it.

What distro would be good for me?

I've looked at various guides but many of them are out of date or don't have many specifics.

  • I want one that I can have access to a proper Word Processor (Pretty much everything)
  • I'd like one I can actually make look nice, the few times I have tried Linux I really don't like the basic, boring looking themes.
  • I'd preferably like one that is easier to pick up but also good for learning the Operating System itself.
  • I would also be doing a bit of coding on the platform (Java, C++, HTML/CSS)

What would be the best choice?
Most point towards Mint or Ubuntu - what are the benefits of both and what would suit my needs better?
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Ubuntu and Mint are pretty much the same but with different GUIs.

Personally I'd recommend going with Mint - it's a little more polished. But either will suit your needs.
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I would say to go with Mint. It has multiple versions with different GUI's, all of which are better than Unity on Ubuntu. You can do programming on any distro and most of them come with either OpenOffice or LibreOffice already installed.
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What's the difference between the MATE and Cinnamon releases?
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They are different desktop environments. MATE is based off of Gnome 2 and is probably more stable. Cinnamon is based off Gnome 3 and is supposedly more modern looking. Not that big of a difference.
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Looking through them both I'd probably go with Cinnamon, I've had a look through the themes and some of them are quite nice.

I may give them a try on my laptop as it's only running Windows 8 RP and has nothing really on it.
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