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Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” sets to dethrone Ubuntu as top opensource OS

In past few months, Linux Mint is on a road to surpass Ubuntu as the most popular Linux operating. According to an open source ranking website DistroWatch, Linux Mint has already topped Ubuntu as the top Linux distro. Why, ? The reason is because the Mint is giving users a choice between old and new interfaces. According to Clem(Maintainer of Linux Mint) Mint is one of the last distro to support Gnome 2.32 which has been abandoned by major top distros like Ubuntu, Fedora etc.. The new interfaces on those systems have mostly focused on mobile metaphor instead of the traditional desktop metaphor. The Ubuntu's answer is controversial Unity which has been rejected by most users as is the Gnome Shell which is used by other distros. Linux Mint here took a very unique turn, they have rejected implementing Unity and have focused on Gnome Shell and MATE. The Gnome Shell is modified by Mint developers with MGSE(Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) to make Gnome Shell look and function like a traditional desktop. For those die hard fans of Gone 2.32 they have also integrated MATE which is a fork of Gnome Shell 2.32, it functions and looks similar to Gnome 2.32. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu’s advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.

Version 12 of the Mint distro, “Lisa” is now available, escorting in with it a new desktop based on Gnome 3 with some Mint-specific improvements and an open source-friendly search engine called DuckDuckGo which does not collect any personal information while searching, also when you search with DuckDuckGo, Mint gets a commission to make them  financially stable. Also, the extras from Ubuntu make Linux Mint 12 take up a bit more space than usual , but you get to use a solid desktop interface that looks familiar and  remains functional.

You can download the most recently released version of Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” here from the official Linux Mint Blog here.


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