XP to Mint, Ubuntu Dumps Amazon, and Linux Frustration

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 31, 2014

The last day of the month brought several interesting posts. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks rejected and dejected users of Microsoft's Windows XP should just switch to Linux Mint Cinnamon. An Ubuntu developer says Amazon will be dropped from its search feature. And Matt Hartley runs down another list of frustrations within the Linux world - namely software.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at ZDNet.com wrote today that, "For Windows XP users, there's a Linux desktop--Linux Mint--that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed." He said the Cinnamon desktop can be made to "look and act a lot like XP" and then posted several screenshots to prove it. There was that survey a couple of weeks ago that suggested some of those XP users are thinking of Linux.

However, it sounds as though Matt Hartley doesn't suggest anyone move to Linux by all the frustration he experiences. He begins with "Android to PC music syncing" and move through "Special effects for videos," "Microsoft Office compatibility," "Photoshop expectations," lack of availability in big box stores, and video drivers. Hmm, It seems like I've heard these things before somewhere.

And finally today, The Inquirer is reporting that Ubuntu developer and Canonical MD Michael Hall recently Google+'d that "Amazon search results in the next version of Unity will be on an opt-in basis." They cited privacy and security concerns of users.

Bonus links:

* Debian Stable or Debian Testing: Which Linux is right for you?

* DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 552, 31 March 2014

* Debian Project News - March 31st, 2014

* Suse open-sources live updater for Linux kernel

* openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience