Hello everyone. I’ve pretty much had it with MS over Windows10, and so I’ve been asking questions and doing research on jumping to Linux. This won’t be my first foray: about a year and a half ago I installed Ubuntu as a dual boot over an old XP desktop I had, and it worked pretty well; I just wasn’t crazy about the UI.
Anyway, I’ve narrowed my choice down to Ubuntu and Linux. I saw several other “Ubuntu vs. Linux” threads here that answered several of my questions (e.g., you can actually install Cinnamon over Ubuntu, etc.)…but there are a couple I couldn’t get a full answer to:
1) I have an nVidia 1060 graphics card in my laptop. I read several forums where people either hinted at or were searching for help on problems with nVidia cards in Mint. However, there were a couple like this for Ubuntu, also, and other forums indicated that Mint generally has better support for providing proprietary/non-open-source drivers. Which one is really better with nVidia graphics cards/drivers?
2) I’m reading slightly conflicting things regarding the release schedule and updating process for Ubuntu vs. Mint. I understand Ubuntu’s release cycle (LTS and “improvement” releases), and I read that other than security and maintenance updates, Mint generally only provides a new release when Ubuntu releases a new LTS version. Another post said that isn’t exactly right and that Mint does get occasional intermediate releases. Which one is it?
3) Speaking of releases and upgrades, I also read in one place that Mint is more difficult to upgrade than Ubuntu (actually requiring a complete reinstall)…but again, I read in another place that all you have to do is update from within Mint and it’s a fairly smooth experience. Which one is correct?
I would appreciate any knowledge or experience you may have with these sub-issues…THANKS!