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Ubuntu vs Linux Mint which one is better

Image result for linux mint vs ubuntuUbuntu and Linux Mint are currently arguably 2 of the most popular Linux distros around. But One of theme will be best from another. But which one is better? I believe we all have our favorite distros but having used either of these distros, I’m gonna make an argument for why I believe one is better than the other, so kindly indulge me and let’s see if you can agree with me.



System Requirements

Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint have quite similar requirements. For new computers, whichever way you go, you’re going to be fine. For older hardware, Ubuntu does best with Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu MATE flavors and Mint users also have Mint MATE edition available.

Installation

There isn’t much difference in the installation experience of both distros. Both use the  Ubiquity installer and the experience is quite similar. Ubuntu and Mint both offer support for UEFI.

Interface(default)

The default interface for Ubuntu is Canonical’s own built DE called Unity. With Unity, Canonical provides a  global menu and notification area occupying the top panel. Some common applications live in a dock on the left. You launch software from the Dash by clicking on the Ubuntu icon. Mint ships with Cinnamon as its default DE. Applications appear in the panel on the bottom of the desktop, with a launcher menu in the bottom left and system icons on the right in a manner quite similar to MS Windows. Unity may feel more familiar to Mac OS X users, while Windows user will feel right at home on Linux Mint.

Software (out of the box)

Both Mint and Ubuntu use mostly free and open source software. Unlike Ubuntu, Linux Mint comes pre-installed with some proprietary software that most users tend to need, such as Flash, Java, audio and video codecs. Both distros come pre-installed with Libreoffice and Firefox browser. With Mint, you also get VLC and GIMP out of the box. Overall, Mint comes with more apps out of the box than with Ubuntu.

Software Installation

Both Ubuntu and Mint also have their own app stores that make it easy to find and download new software. Gnome software (previously Ubuntu's Software Center) comes with Ubuntu and Mint also offers Mint Software Manager(also responsible for updates) which is usually mistaken as a system tool instead of an app store. Both stores provide you with a ton of open source software for you to download and use.

Performance (default flavor)

Linux Mint most definitely has an edge when it comes to speed and performance. On a newer machine, the difference may be barely noticeable, but on older hardware, it will definitely feel faster. Ubuntu appears to run slower the older the machine gets. If you’re going to use Ubuntu on older hardware, I recommend your go in for Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

Upgradeability

Both Linux Mint and Ubuntu allow you to update to the new releases from the very recent version almost as soon as they are available. Software updates are also provided have easy-to-use updaters. For Ubuntu, it’s just a case of clicking on the Dash icon in the dock, and searching for the Software Updater. For Ubuntu, you use the software updater to check, download and install any updates (OS or apps), downloads them and then installs them. The process is similar in Mint using the Update Manager app to update your apps or OS.It is also worth noting that there has been some concern towards Mint’s approach to providing important updates

So which one is better? My Verdict...

Based on the arguments I have outlined for either distros, I have provide a scorecard for them.
Category
UBUNTU
LINUX MINT
System Requirements
10
10
Installation
10
10
Interface(Default)
9
10
Software (Out of the box)
9
10
Software Installation
10
9
Official Spins
10
7
Customization (Default)
8
10
Performance (Default)
8
10
Upgradeability and Updates
9
8
Support
10
10
TOTAL
93/100
94/100
Ubuntu has a lot going for it but in comes up on top only in 3 categories whilst Linux Mint comes top in 4 categories. 

Canonical has done a great job at keeping Ubuntu stable and secure. They also try well to keep their official packages as new and updated always. They lay down their own infrastructure (that Mint relies on). They provide a go-to point for transitioning OS users and companies. 

But Mint’s desktop and menus are easy to use whilst Ubuntu’s dash can be sort of confusing especially for new users. It's the gate that ex-Windows users walk through and as such is the most welcoming to such persons. Mint gives more in terms of the pre-installed software but finding and installing software from Ubuntu’s Software Center can be a little more easier.

So I’m choosing Mint over Ubuntu, but don’t get me wrong, Ubuntu with Unity is awesome once you know what you are about. But with Canonical chasing unification of the desktop and mobile with Unity 8, I do belive Linux Mint in its current state is wee bit superior to Ubuntu.  Mint is possibly "Ubuntu done better". Overall, Linux Mint with Cinnamon feels far more polished than Ubuntu with Unity.

So, what do you think? Do you think Ubuntu with Unity is better than Mint? Are there stuff I should have talked about? Let us know in the comments.