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Linux Mint 11 - Vital Service or Prolonging Agony?

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Linux Mint 11 was release earlier this morning with some new features and lots of updates. One update that's been skipped is immediately apparent - big interface change. Two major distributions have shaken their base a bit with their latest releases and some folks just don't like to shift their computing into a higher gear that quickly. A lot of people have said they expect this release of Linux Mint to boost its numbers due to those that resist change. KDE 4 brought the same effect a couple of years ago, but here we are now and no major KDE 3 distributions are left. Is Mint 11 just delaying the inevitable?

Mint has always been a wonderful distribution. In fact, it's been one of my favorites. But can its continued use of GNOME 2 this release be described as slowing ripping off the band-aid? GNOME 2 has been deprecated. Is Mint really doing its users a disservice by delaying the transition to GNOME 3 (or Unity)?

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