Ohayo Linux fans of the future!
Once again one of my looks at DistroWatch’s chart of the Top Linux distros. Today I decided for a Last 7 Days view and was astonished by the fact that MX-18 has surpassed Manjaro and took the #1 rank. Very stable in #3 our stalwart Mint. In 4 and 5, very unsurprisingly by now, the usual suspects Elementary and Ubuntu.
I wrote about each of these distros in this blog already, about most of them even more than once, and I can’t say I’d loved them all the same. No, Ele and Ubu are even on my hate list. But that’s not what I wanna write about today as I’ve compared the pros and cons of each distro already as well. It’s just that I noticed something the Top 4 in this list have in common. A simple attribute that made them such favourites of the masses and that they all share:
#1 – #4 are made to be used by human beings!
Why Ubuntu, of all those distros, fell out of that group is easily explained by its use of the unspeakable Gnome3 – or Gnome Shell as the kool kidz call it – Desktop Environment. Gnome3 is made for powerusers, who do everything on the keyboard and refuse to instrumentalize their mouse. Brr, shiver. 😮 And let’s not forget it was Ubuntu to come up with that The other four are simply simple to use and follow the very old desktop doctrine of Mouse and Keyboard, windows, menus and all the stuff we know from Windows and MacOS since the dawn of time.
MX-18 and Manjaro both come in their standard flagship rendition with the easy peasy Xfce desktop, Mint with the girlishly easy Cinnamon flavour and Elementary with its homegrown Pantheon desktop, which follows the same the same philosophy of keeping it simple. If I remember corrrectly it was probably the most easiest of the bunch, too easy for my taste but surely great for when you are a stupid af new user. 🙂
See, the desktop is what we look at and interact with when we work on our computers; it’s even more important than the code below it. It really doesn’t matter much if a distro is Ubuntu- or Arch-based as long as your, the end-user’s, experience is the same and meets your personal workflow best and enables you to get stuff done in an uncomplicated and fast way. And distros who only come with Gnome3, unwieldy desktop managers, fugly themes and super complex operation don’t get that high up in the charts. Of course old old Linux users and neckbeards, geeks and professionals may have their special needs but for us housewives all these things spell more negativity than positivity. We wanna get shit done and don’t spend the whole night geeking out with the most enigmatic problems … particularly if these problems can be avoided very easily. For example by just using Linux Mint. Or MX-18 or even Manjaro. As soon as you figured out the Xfce desktop, and that shit is super easy, believe me, you’re good to go and an amazing person! \o/ YAY! \o/
This also confirms my theory of Cream Rises To The Top, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t mean all four distros are particularly beginners’ friendly at all but they give the averagely talented person the security of operating in a homely, comfy environment. For your first steps I recommend Mint, and that didn’t change by other distro’s use of a similarly simple desktop. MX-18 is maybe not as easy to install and gives you other problems, and Manjaro can easily become a terribly disorganized toolbox, so the choice of Mint makes super sense.