Itâ€™s interesting reading the old Linux Experiment first posts when people were contemplating which distro to install. Â Itâ€™s been 4.5 years since then and the linux world has evolved. Â Most noticeable, was no one talking about Mint!
I was considering three distros for my home PC dual boot:
I wanted something in the debian family since it seems to be receiving, by far, the most attention. Â I expect this also means it gets the most activity and updates. Â Ubuntu would probably work the best out of the box, but as you probably already know:
Ubuntuâ€™s privacy issues are a deal breaker of course, but they also made me question Mint. Â I donâ€™t want to support Ubuntu and I think using Mint would indirectly do that. Â Also, Mint does have some minor default search engine sketchyness going on. Â Â I realize that these developers need funding, but I donâ€™t think selling their usersâ€™ stats or useage is the way to do it. Â I think donations are the way to go and they seem to be working for Wikimedia. Â Developing non-essential non-related commercial software in parallel with the OS might be another alternativeâ€¦ hmm, sounds like a slippery slope.
The plan was: Try LMDE first, Debian stable if more stability is needed, and Mint if I got to the point that I just wanted things to work. Â Results to follow!
TL;DR: Â I planned to install LMDE or Debian, since Ubuntu wants to track me.
Keep in mind Ubuntu’s shopping lens can be turned off from the settings panel. It was certainly a misstep on Canonical’s part, but I’m not sure that it’s fair to hold it against the organization for ever.