Clement Levebvre is an idiot. No really. A genius Linux distro dev but such a bad promoter of his own distro, Linux Mint. That he refuses to give any interviews isn’t the wurst thing but his stubborn clinging to the Ubuntu base is downright damaging for Mint’s public image and usefulness. And it reflects badly on Mint’s position in the top ranks of the DistroWatch Ranking.
Mint, Linux Mint, by all means and purposes should be #1 in the silly list! No, it’s not geeky. Yes, it’s good for women, and old people and little kids. So what? It’s a Linux ffs, comes with 3 desktop environments and delivers the same amount of customization as every other distro out there. Enough old farts and Linux experts are using the most Minty system since years and don’t see a reason to step up to something supposedly more complex and Linux-ier. 😉
Mint used to be on rank #1, then for a long time on #2, when it was surpassed by Manjaro and then both distros just looked on as MX passed them by. A fukn geeky, slowpoke Debian distro. Hey, don’t you know that Mint also has a Debian version? Yes, all the Minty goodness is available for you in a version called LMDE – Linux Mint Debian Edition. Should be as satisfying, no, even more satisfying to use than MX. Coz it comes in the super nice Cinnamon flavour while MX is only available in Xfce guise. 😐
I bet if Clem would take LMDE out of the normal Ubuntu-based Minty family and offer it as a standalone product … whoohoo! Top rank would almost be guaranteed. And more. The humble Mint could really hurt Microsoft and do some damage! \o/ YAY! \o/
But look at the recent situation: While Endeavour is still on an upwards trend, the nifty and clever Mint is very accomodating and looks like they can’t wait to swap places with the punk youngling. 😮
Come on Clem, you’re better than this! After Ubuntu proved to not care anymore, your clever and very frenly distro, aside with Philip’s Manjaro, have factually taken over the lead as the most accomplished distros for the masses. And we all know you and Mint, you could do even better.
Why don’t you start by slowly phasing the Ubu-base out and focus on Debian? There’s a lot in that system. More than meets the eye: For example all these bases:
- LTS (Long Term Support)
And since Debian development moves in glacerial speed, I guess nobody would complain if you, Clem, would set up your LMDE version on the Experimental or Unstable branch. Would be exciting anyway, and a breath of fresh air in your old and a little bit stale distro. Dontcha think this would be a pretty groovy enterprise?
Particularly now, with Win11 coming up and leaving millions of unhappy Windows users stranded, they need a lifesaver, a PFD. They need Mint! More than just one Mint, they’ll need dozens of Minties for people from all walks of life, from all knowledge and ability groups, all ages and genders. You could turn Mint into the next big thing, a true People’s OS!
But that’s just Orca and her stupid ideas. And why she ain’t the benevolent dictator of the free world by now. 😦