[CALUG] ubuntu Unity alternatives.

Keith keith at keithf4.com
Thu Jan 1 11:59:12 EST 2015

I'd recommend checking out Linux Mint if you're looking for Linux on the


It's based on Ubuntu, but I've found it a lot better (as do many others if
you check http://distrowatch.com/). The Cinnamon & MATE desktops are
similar to GNOME before Unity. MATE is less resource intensive if you've
got an older system (I use it for VMs). They also have a KDE version as

On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM, Wendel Dean Renner <
WendelDRenner at comcast.net> wrote:

> I updated ubuntu 9.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS because I could no longer
> get packages for 9.04.
> Pershaps someone could give me an overview of who or what is driving
> Ubuntu?     I find the Unity desktop completely foreign and confusing.
> I could not even figure out how to get a terminal window up.
> You have to hit control-alt-T.   How is anyone suppose to know that?
> I understand it is designed for netbooks and touch based devices.
> I need something for a desktop computer.
> I have considered going back to an earlier desktop such as
> GNOME or KDE. Is there any reason why that would not be a good
> idea?
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