So my distro hopping has slowed down a bit. I spent quite a bit of time on KDE Neon, and I still have it in a VM. It was actually pretty great and real solid. It may be something I even go back to. I like that it comes pretty bare bones, then I just add what I need. But in the end, it wasn’t as user friendly as I like. But again, it’s now in my top 5 distros for sure.
I left Neon and just for the hell of it, not even sure what my thought pattern at the time was, but I threw on LinuxMint. I haven’t seriously used Mint since the beginning in 2006. I left Mepis for Mint back then. And yes, I have already had more than a dozen conversations on why I was making a bad choice, Mint is insecure you know?
No it is not!
Of course if you don’t update your packages, then you may have issues. And yes, by default Mint is a little liberal on not forcing updates to things that would possibly affect system stability. But of course you can still install them all. Otherwise, it’s running abuntu 16.04 LTS in the background and has all the updates that distro has. So really no worries.
What really wins me over is Cinnamon and just how good everything works together. QT apps and GTK apps all look good together. Cinnamon has a ton of useful applets to choose from. A couple that I don’t think I could live without anymore.
All in all I am really liking it. The only thing I am not pleased with is the dated packages. Not that I need the latest or greatest, but I am a sucker for new and shiny. This is the draw Solus has on me, new packages all the time and new desktop in general. But for now I will be sticking with LinuxMint. We will see how long this lasts.