Ya, I’m bored … and sitting at my shitty netbook and feel the creative juices flowing without having a real idea what to do. So please indulge me as I go on yet another tangent about Linux. Is it so bad? Can’t take it anymore? No? Ok, then stick with me for the next few minutes. ^.^
As so often let me start by showing you the DistroWatch Ranking of today. More to have an illustration than anything else. 😉 It didn’t change much lately, at least not in the very top ranks. And that is a good and logical thing per se, don’t you think? Let’s have a peek …
Yes, cream still rises to the top. All that is good and near and dear to the Linux sheeples’ hearts can be found inside the Top 20. Of course you can and will find some very famous stalwarts of the Linux community further down the chart but those are special interest and purpose distributions, not everyday mom n pop operating systems. The music plays in the Top 20. That’s where we – The Housewifes Linux Club – find our fave distros!
And you can see how steep the decline is even in the Top 20. Between MX on #1 and deepin on #10 you see a wide gap of almost 4,000 page hits, telling us that interest in MX is multitudes higher than in deepin.
Did MX deserve that hightened interest? I guess it does. The MX devs made a lot of stuff right, as they focused on the general end-user, not a purpose driven freakish splinter group. Just like early Ubuntu, followed by Mint and joined by Manjaro, the MX team put a lot of clever helpers in their OS, made it easily accessible for every granny and toddler. And what makes MX a tiny bit better than Mint is tha they bet on the better horse, the better base system right from the get go. Ubuntu is based on Debian, Mint is based on Ubuntu … so why not going back and borrow directly from Debian again? Clever thinking, eh? Particularly with big daddy Deb10 coming out soon, MX will see an explosion in general interest and growth of the installation base.
If they could now introduce some more flavours to their download server the whole MX project could go through the roof! For now they only offer the kinda outdated, kinda primitive, kinda dying XFCE desktop environment. I wish they’d make a KDE/Plasma, a Mate, and a Cinnamon desktop too. Particularly Cinnamon is already a hit with the Mint clientèle, it would lift MX up to heaven, into the pantheon of Linux deities!
Don’t you, too, have the feeling that Mint is a bit tired and blah and meh? Not even promoting their very nice LMDE and making it the default, and only releasing new major versions of their standard release every three years; sorry, that reeks of lazyness. I’m not one of those assholios shouting for Mint to die, still thinking it’s the bee’s knees, but, sorry, I can’t be anymore that 138% fangurly I once was.
So, yes, MX has earned its #1 rank, fair and square. But it could be better yet, just by adding a better desktop. And that is why my recommendation for Linux first-timers is still Linux Mint.