Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 30, 2012 21:09 UTC (Fri) by horen
Parent article: Free is too expensive (Economist)
Rather than complain, I'm quite happy that the author chose to profile Linux Mint. As a long-time LM user, I recognize his frustrations in upgrading versions (I share them), and understand his wishes that there were another way (short of a "clean install") to do so.
Thankfully, there is: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). Not only is it not based on Ubuntu, but it's what's known as a "rolling release" -- ongoing updates, with occasional "update packs" (akin to Micro$oft's Service Packs).
But -- and for many of us, most important -- LMDE's soon-to-be-released Update Pack #4 will contain MATE, which is, basically, Gnome 2 renamed. I've been test-driving LMDE (UP3) in VMware Player (it works perfectly), and look forward to installing Update Pack #4; if all works out, I'll install LMDE (UP4) on my workstation as the default OS.
As for KDE, well, it looks like it and Gnome 3 are a "match made in Heaven." YMMV.
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