Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal 12.10 with an old-timey Mario wallpaper.
So I did it.
I went back to Ubuntu after a two-month long foray into Linux Mint. I did like Linux Mint, but there were some small niggles that I could not wrap my head around. Anyway, I’d gotten used to Unity and the way things were handled in the shell. I like many of the programs that are included by default in both Ubuntu and Mint, but I think that Ubuntu is a better fit for me at this time, although Mint has come a long way.
What bugged me about Mint partly was its release schedule. They adhered to a “when it’s done, it’s done” model, and I tend to like a specific date of release so I can anticipate it and participate in the beta and release candidates. Mint doesn’t seem to have this.
Anyway, I had to do some modifications, as usual, to get my desktop the way I wanted it. Namely, it involved installing Gimp, Banshee, Spotify, Pithos, VLC, gpodder, Chromium, Dropbox, NixNote, Pidgin, and the restricted-extras packages.
There’s something about Ubuntu and Unity that keeps bringing me back, and I’m not sure what it is. Simplicity? Community? Speed? Good design? I don’t know, but Ubuntu was my first distro and I tend to like it regardless of what it does. I don’t particularly like the shopping lens, but I think with the outcry from the community, they will be scaling that back quite a bit in the next version, which is a great thing.
Anyway, if I want a more “Mint” experience, I can install Cinnamon, which I had installed before I went to Mint. I think I’ll install it again; it was a good desktop.