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I abandoned XP about a year ago and opted for Linux Mint 17.0 on the basis of reviews but with no experience of Unix or its derivatives. After trading Cinnamon for xfce I have stayed put other than upgrading to 17.1 then 17.2.
I admit to some ignorance but so far as I can see, Mint is 95% Ubuntu and its ancestors. I have found the solutions to most of my problems in the Ubuntu forums and the Mint forums are very quiet. Presumably this is because others have had the same experience. Sometimes I am drawn to a forum where the issue is raised but fail to find a solution there. When I solve the problem, I like to post the solution in case it can help others.
Unfortunately, although I have found many solutions here I have had a cold reception, I think, because I am using Mint. In this forum, I have been advised variously:
- to post but not to mention Mint,
- not to post, Mint is different,
- to post but to make it clear that the issue is to do with Ubuntu
As Mint represents a large percentage of the current Ubuntu distributions I think someone (with more reputations than me) needs to propose a better defined policy. Suggestions:
- If you are running Mint, do not post here (and suggest a suitable alternative forum).
- If you are running Mint, please post here but only if you are posting about software from the Ubuntu repositories, always use the Mint tag and give the mint version as well as the Ubuntu version.
I like Mint and it's rather more conservative policy was good for an XP refugee entering an uncharted waters. You can't like Mint without liking Ubuntu. I am aware that there is some hostility here towards Mint. I think either the reasons should be made clear or members and moderators should be discouraged from showing it. The open source model is vulnerable to free-loaders but this should be a matter of public campaigning rather than private resentment.
EDIT: I have just been alerted to a question that I missed in my search for Mint Why are questions about (specifically) Ubuntu based distros off-limits?. The accepted answer provides a very good explanation of the policy and why it exists but it doesn't address the problem of How do Mint users end up here?.
What I am asking is whether it isn't time to review the policy and, at least, to make it more specific. Mint, for all its good point, is just the froth on top of the Ubuntu I am using. Mint users end up here because this is where their operating system is discussed.