Windows 8 has abandoned its traditional W
enus, and P
) desktop environment, which was last seen in Windows 7. Ubuntu tries to maintain some of that traditional interface in place while expanding its Unity user interface to accommodate tablets and smartphones. But Ubuntu hasn't been any more successful at this major paradigm shift with Unity than Microsoft has been with Metro so far.
Linux Mint, with its Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments, remains true to the traditional W
enus, and P
ointer desktop user interface. As a consequence it's the number one ranked distro on www.distrowatch.com
, and by far the most favored of today's desktop Linux offerings. Linux Mint 15 is no longer simply the best Linux desktop OS available, it's ranked as today's best desktop operating system bar none by far more knowledgable people than myself. If you want a traditional WIMP
user interface in a cutting edge operating system today, then you really want Linux Mint 15.
Don't get me wrong. If you're a Windows 7 or Mac OS X user, don't download Mint right now! What I'm saying is that for long time traditional desktop users Mint is a much better choice than Windows 8, better even than other new Linux operating systems running the latest versions of GNOME 3 or Unity. Mint isn't intended to take the place of older WIMP
desktops like Windows 7 or Mac OS-X. It's simply a better choice for experienced desktop users than newer less user friendly environments such as Windows 8 Metro or Ubuntu Unity.
Both the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments offered in Linux Mint are designed for experienced WIMP
desktop users. If Windows XP or 7 is your preferred desktop, and maybe you've played with Linux in the past or possibly never touched it in your life, if you were to try Linux Mint Cinnamon or MATE you'd find it far more user friendly than Windows 8 Metro.
More to talk about later, but enough for right now!