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Offline Jason Wallwork

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It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« on: May 31, 2019, 04:03:50 pm »
While I haven't used Linux Mint in a while, I'm not sure I agree with the article of this TechRepublic article. Still, it's an interesting talk talking about how the desktop that Linux Mint pioneered could become their focus instead. What do you think? Post below.
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Re: It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 07:42:03 pm »
He could have been a little more polite. A distro is an independent group of people who work together to produce, in  this case, a system that thousands use and love.

There must be great satisfaction working with the art and graphics people, and update specialists, the forum monitors, and on and on. (Knowing of course it's often a long distance gathering.) If they wish to disband for reasons of 'global Linux efficiency', that's up to them. Not his business.

The world might run better if he didn't bother to write articles, but spent his time maybe fixing grammatical errors in my posts. So far no one has bothered to post a comment on the article. He should use his time more usefully.
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Re: It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2019, 08:46:10 pm »
I doubt the headline was written by him, usually the editor chooses it. I didn't really see it as mean-spirited but maybe that's just me.

And did you really just post this? Because if so, I admire your humour :)

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The world might run better if he didn't bother to write articles, but spent his time maybe fixing grammatical errors in my posts.

I thought the article was interesting because it seemed to mesh a bit with what we were talking about a few days (or a week?) ago about how maybe we should be focusing more on desktop environments and not distros

I don't think the reason people starting using Linux Mint is just because of the codecs though. He doesn't seem to understand they have a cool update manager which lets you know how important updates are, as well as grouping them so you didn't have see 8 updates related to the same one feature. And that it lets you easily choose what kernel you want to work with.

But I do feel like Linux Mint isn't as interesting or unique as it once seemed. Maybe just because more distros have become user-friendly and desktops, even the vanilla versions, have become more integrated and easier to use.

Also, there are 14 comments on the article and a few were posted a day ago. Did you click the "Show comments" button?
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Re: It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 11:03:42 pm »
"Also, there are 14 comments on the article and a few were posted a day ago. Did you click the "Show comments" button?"

Found the comments on my computer just now. They do not show no matter what I did on my tablet, which is what I was using when I read it first.

The world of creativity, such as designing a distro, doesn't follow the rules of business. So many things could be done better if only a few did them, he said with an ironic tone. Why learn to play the guitar, or grow a flower garden, or paint pictures, or play hockey at less than a professional level, or read history if not to become a scholar?

Science appears to be a waste of resources unless it is directed to solving a specific problem. But someone should have told Einstein, or Newton, or Darwin. They just followed their interests, and wasted time and resources.

If someone wants to spend time and money creating a distro, maybe make suggestions, but don't discourage them. We've already drifted too far away from the amateur approach to life. And the businesses, and professionals have crammed everything into games of winning or losing, centralization of resources, and the placing of a monetary value on whatever we do. Life gets lost in that scenario.
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Re: It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2019, 01:59:08 pm »
I truly get what you're saying. But he was pointing out that Clem had himself admitted to feeling less excited about the last release about LM and seemed somewhat discouraged himself.

Obviously, the developers can do what they want and I'd be very surprised if they were discouraged by one guy writing an article on a website who really isn't suggesting so much that they do away with Linux Mint but consider making an official flavour of Ubuntu so they have the core done and they can work on Cinnamon.

But I recognize that LM has other differences he hasn't recognized - I pointed out a couple.

But it's like we read two different articles :) I'm a chronic depressive and even I can see some of the good points in the article even if I don't agree with the summary that LM should go.
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Re: It's time for Linux Mint to go (TechRepublic)
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2019, 02:20:50 pm »
Here's a YouTube video from InfinitelyGalactic that serves as a good counterpoint to the article above. The first half talks about LM.
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