I switched my desktops off Ubuntu to other Linux distributions. It isn’t a great sacrifice as I use multiple Linux distributions in any case; although, for a moment all of the Desktops in my house were Ubuntu and it did make it nice for the casual user.
The problem was Unity and issues ranging from graphics problems to simply philosophical concerns over a desktop that restricted me to a single distribution. Not that Unity might not get love from other distributions, but it won’t, and the BF is not going to change either.
And this leads me to what I am using on the old machine in the Kitchen: MINT. I know that Mint 11 has an RC available but I am find using the LXDE version of MINT 10 as the RC did not load the graphics properly.
But for the other machines it is Fedora 15 for me. I include this link on How to Painlessly Switch from Ubuntu to Fedora. I will point out that sudo works perfectly fine on Fedora and that as I have replaced Skype with Chrome / Google Chat Video I find that everything is working great for me. I really like Gnome 3, although as I found KDE 4.6 nice as well, I have my choice and I find that from the user perspective both are improvements over Unity at this point. YMMV
Create Digital Music » Linux Music Workflow: Switching from Mac OS X to Ubuntu with Kim Cascone
What they have to say:
Here’s a switcher story of a different color: from the Mac, to Linux. It’s one thing to talk about operating systems and free software in theory, or to hear from died-in-the-wool advocates of their platform of choice. In this case, we turn to Kim Cascone, an experienced and gifted musician and composer with an impressive resume of releases and a rich sens of sound. This isn’t someone advocating any platform over another: it’s an on-the-ground, in-the-trenches, real-world example of how Kim made this set of tools work in his music, in the studio and on tour. A particular thanks, as he’s given me some new ideas for how to work with Audacity and Baudline. Kim puts his current setup in the context of decades of computer work. Even if you’re not ready to leave Mac (or Windows) just yet, Kim’s workflow here could help if you’re looking to make a Linux netbook or laptop more productive in your existing rig.
From this editor:
This is an excellent read for both applications, workflow and overall perspective of why an expert might choose to change. I am not saying I believe that this year or next year or last year is “the year of the Linux Desktop”. I do believe that for some people, this set of tools is the choice that will enable them to become something special. Otherwise, why use any platform at all?