Last week 3 of my favorites distributions launched their updated versions, Elementary OS Freya, Linux Mint Debian Edition and Antergos (basically an updated ISO). As I am a “burned out” Geek, I can’t stop thinking of changing OS on my main machine (once more).
So breakdown of these 3 candidates :
Elementary : based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with Pantheon as it’s Desktop Environment (homebrewn), sporting in-house created apps and with a certain design in mind. Elegant, sleek, and fast but has some stirred some controversy due to payment methods in download section.
Linux Mint Debian : based on Debian stable with bits of rolling release :
LMDE is however slightly faster than Linux Mint and it runs newer packages. Life on the LMDE side can be exciting. There are no point releases in LMDE 2, except for bug fixes and security fixes base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously
I have been using Cinnamon as the default Desktop Environment on all my current OSes, thus I am fairly familiar with it. Why choose it over its’ Ubuntu base? Debian’s semi-rolling release mostly, but sometimes I feel like Mint is kind of.. boring (some might say that boring is good when talking about production machines)
Antergos : based on Arch, meaning living with a truly rolling release distribution (with all it’s pros and cons), though I have yet to encounter a problem on my current setup. This time, I’m more inclined on using GNOME. One of the reasons I’m not fully into Antergos now, is AUR, the way to install apps maintained outside the official repositories (plus Steam not being officially supported).
P.S Installing Debian Testing GNOME may be a good choice. We will see though.