Linux Mint as alternative for Ubuntu 11.04
Posted on 2012-08-20
At home I have an old (end 2003) machine with Ubuntu 11.04 installed. When upgrading to 11.10, or trying 12.04, I had several problems. I want to use this computer as a scanner for my slides, and VueScan simply doesn't work. It crashes constantly. I blame Unity/Gnome3, or maybe other drivers that are not working with this machine. As 11.04 ends being supported in October, I'm looking for an alternative, a good desktop, gnome 2, preferably debian-based, with at least one or two years of support ahead. I really like the Ubuntu up til 11.04 desktop, and hope I can find a similar experience.
Is Linux Mint the way to go? I see there are several options like MATE/Cinnamon and Xfce. Does it really matter aside from the layout of menus? I like Cinnamon the most from the screenshots, but I hear a lot about xfce, so is there any reason to choose one over the other?