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  1. Manasij Mukherjee
    November 9, 2011

    "The changes within the Linux 3.0 kernel in some ways too contributed to Ubuntu’s loss of popularity."
    ^–Why ?
    AFAIK…nothing observable changed.

    • Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fej
      November 10, 2011

      I would assume that it was the question about battery life?

  2. Sammy
    November 9, 2011

    I just don’t like IMHO inconvenient Unity interface. I use Linux for work – so I switched to Lubuntu as IMHO – gui is way easier and more conventional than that of Ubuntu or Kubuntu. My mom is using Xubuntu and loving it exactly because it’s so easily can be made to resemble Windows which she used before.

  3. Ambleston Dack
    November 9, 2011

    When you reach the top, there is only one way to go…

  4. Paparoupas
    November 9, 2011

    Mint ftw !!!

  5. Estaban
    November 9, 2011

    Since I was not sure that one of my older computers would be able to run Ubuntu 11.10, I installed Linux Mint. And I have to say that I enjoy Linux Mint.

  6. dar
    November 9, 2011

    Great post,A.S.
    kudos Prof Lefebvre !
    All those of us enjoying Mint
    could show our sincere appreciation
    by sending a Donation his way

  7. Richard Hunn
    November 10, 2011

    It’s the most expensive distribution ie it’s so
    damn good a lot of us keep sending money!! That
    never worked with MS but it sure works with
    Clem.

  8. Mike
    November 10, 2011

    [quote] It is but natural to assume LinuxMint to be a spin-off of the ever-popular Ubuntu distro.[/quote]

    Why? Why not OpenSuse, Fedora, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS or one of the many other userfriendly distributions? Mint even releases Debian based versions.

    This kind of journalism irritates me. As if Ubuntu is the only distro out there! Too often I read articles where writers do not know the difference between Ubuntu and Linux.

    I am the first to admit that Ubuntu is a large distro, but I will never use it…….

  9. Ron
    November 10, 2011

    Oh puh-lease! The rash of articles claiming that LinuxMint is the "most popular distro" are becoming ridiculous. The only thing that hitting the tops of the Distrowatch list means is that that particular distro received the most hits on the Distrowatch website. Nothing more than that is claimed by the website, and if you intend to have [b]any[/b] journalistic integrity, you can’t go extrapolating that out to mean anything more than that simple statistic.

  10. Dioxcyn
    November 10, 2011

    host of unfamiliar features lol – so far everyone (over 200 people) had absolutely no issue with Unity as opposed to the locked in menus of gnome 2. Unity works like people actually work, u don’t have to be trained to use it like older interfaces. We are dinosaurs, the last big population spurt, before the world changes. I will miss gnome 2 and emerald and … Linux Mint may become the home for gui power users but my guess as of May of next year Unity will have evolved more than enough to attract them back. Nothing like having one os on all your devices.

  11. kaddy
    November 10, 2011

    Couldn’t say it better myself

    be sure to keep a lookout for my LinuxMint 12 review coming soon on
    http://www.youtube.com/Linux4UnMe

    kaddy

  12. zman58
    November 10, 2011

    You don’t have to be a gui power user to use Linux Mint. It is simple straightforward and powerful. The installation is an absolute breeze. We have been using it on several systems for over a year now with no issues at all. I have introduced others to it and they all love it and continue to use it.

    Mint hits a home run in every place Ubuntu has missed. I don’t want a "dumb" phone Unity interface on my 25" LCD. One answer for all devices does not accomplish the best UI for each. Gnome rocks and will continue to rock on my laptops and desktops.

    I continue to use Ubuntu Server, since we don’t really need a GUI for that–but Linux Mint is tugging at my interests even in the server space. I may try a Mint as a server next time I am ready for an upgrade.

    Go Mint! and thank you Clement Lefebvre for some of the best Linux integration and distro work I have experienced to date.

  13. lalaland
    November 10, 2011

    enter your message here…[quote=Mike][quote] It is but natural to assume LinuxMint to be a spin-off of the ever-popular Ubuntu distro.[/quote]

    Why? Why not OpenSuse, Fedora, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS or one of the many other userfriendly distributions? Mint even releases Debian based versions.

    This kind of journalism irritates me. As if Ubuntu is the only distro out there! Too often I read articles where writers do not know the difference between Ubuntu and Linux.

    I am the first to admit that Ubuntu is a large distro, but I will never use it…….[/quote]
    Then, go back to ur cave. duh…

  14. Olioke
    November 10, 2011

    King of distros? Hardly. Distrowatch is NOT a measure of how many people use a distro, but merely how many people have clicked on a link. But you fanboys wouldn’t understand that.

    For that matter, I would bet money that more people use Fedora than Mint. King of distros? Such a childish title too. The author must be 12 yrs old.

    • Olioke
      November 10, 2011

      And one other thing, once the new Mint Gnome Shell Extension is released, it will be available to all Gnome 3 users, regardless of distro. There goes any advantage mint may have as far as gnome 3 goes. Ubuntu users will be able to run the same desktop. Now go away, you bother me.

  15. CapraJack
    November 10, 2011

    I moved from Ubuntu to Linux Mint a couple of years ago because it offered just that little bit more polish and usability.

    However, to say Mint is now the number 1 distro because of the Distrowatch ranking is being more than a little creative.

    Sure Mint has experienced an unprecedented leap in interest in recent weeks, and hopefully much of that interest will translate in new Mint users, but let’s not get carried away here.

  16. charnane74
    December 19, 2011

    Because ubuntu left gnome

  17. Boghrati
    August 9, 2012

     If you are talking about just user interface and not stability and reliability of an OS. I have to say that although I have KDE, Gnome (classic & new), Mate and Unity available on my computer, I barely quit Unity for other environments, because I am very comfortable and happy with Unity. I am not sure, therefore, counting clicks on Distrowatch is a good measure for this kind of judgment.

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