Linux Mint vs Ubuntu in 2018: Which one is the winner?

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Linux Mint vs Ubuntu in 2018

Linux is the best open source free Operating System which was originally built by Linux Torvalds. It is very popular in the industry also because of its efficiency and customizations. It has many Distros available such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Puppy Linux and many more. Among them, Linux Mint and Ubuntu are most popular. So you may be confused that between Linux Mint vs Ubuntu who is the winner. Well, the answer is not straightforward, it depends on the user and his needs. But I can tell you both Operating Systems are very efficient to use.

What is Linux?

What is Linux?

Linux is a kernel and kernel is a part of Operating System that acts as an interface between User Applications and Hardware. All Linux Distros or Flavors are made over this Linux Kernel. Linux Kernel is very special because of its efficiency so it is used in many areas such as You Digital Watches, Your Air Conditioner, Calculator or in Rocket for taking Satellites or Astronauts to space. Linux is very efficient and stable and can be relied upon a very critical task, that’s why it is used in so many areas. Windows Operating System stands nowhere in terms of Efficiency and Stability when compared to Linux.

As per the need or application, various Distributions of Linux are made. For common users like us, Linux Mint and Ubuntu are best 2018 Linux Distributions.

What are Linux Distros and Who makes it?

Linux Distros

Linux Distros are variations or modifications that can be done over Linux Kernel. You can make your own Linux Distro but you have to code it. Anyone can make Linux Distro as per his requirement. All-Big Organizations have made Linux Distributions as be their requirements. In Mobiles Android is the most famous Linux Distribution. Well, there are strong communities that make Distributions for common people or programmers like us. Linux Mint and Ubuntu are developed by these Open Source Community of Developers.

One Distro can be made using other Distro so this is a very flexible thing. That’s why there are so many Distributions of Linux available.

Comparision Between Linux Mint vs Ubuntu?

1. First Look:


It is one of the most popular Linux Distro and is built for new users that are moving toward Linux Platform. It is managed by an open source Community named Canonical. The goal of this community is to make Linux as GUI. As originally Linux is Command Based Operating System. It’s very difficult to operate it using commands only. This community is constantly working to improve GUI and user experience. Ubuntu is based on Debian Distro.

Here are some screenshots of the first look at Ubuntu OS.

linux mint vs ubuntu


Linux Mint is also open source OS which is run by a community of Programmers all over the world. These Engineers work together to make this OS more user-friendly and stable. This is the power of Linux to attract so many highly talented programmers from all over the world and work together to serve user needs.

Linux is based on Combination of Ubuntu and Debian Distributions. This makes it a hard task to properly manage features of Ubuntu and Debian so that a perfect combination can occur which serves the user best. All Ubuntu updates are also made available for Mint also within few months of release of Update for Ubuntu.

Linux Mint is made very similar to Windows OS and will be very easy to use for a Windows users. I find Linux Mint more easy to use compared to Ubuntu.

Below is the first look of Linux Mint Operating System.

linux mint vs ubuntu

2. System Requirements

Processor:minimum 700 MHz processorminimum 700 MHz processor
RAM:minimum 512 MBminimum 512 MB
Disk Space:minimum 5 GBminimum 9 GB
Display:1024 x 7681024 x 768
Desktop Environment:UnityGNOME 3
Hardware Usage:Uses more processor, mainly because of heavy animations and effects in Unity Desktop EnvironmentUses less processor compared to Ubuntu

3. Hardware Compatibility

Any Hardware device needs “Driver” so that it can be detected by OS and run properly. Any Hardware manufacturer has to build its driver for various OS so that it can be supported in that OS. As Ubuntu is most popular Linux Distro, it gets all of the Hardware Drivers first and then it is made for other Distros.


In terms of Hardware Compatibility, UBUNTU is a clear winner over Linux Mint


It also supports most of the Hardware but as UBUNTU is more popular than Mint, that’s why all drivers will first be available for Ubuntu and then be made for other Linux Distros.

In terms of Hardware compatibility, Ubuntu is the clear winner but Mint is also not very far behind from Ubuntu.

4. Installation Process

As both OS has the same installer – Ubiquity, therefore most of the installation process is similar for both the Operating System.


Its installation is very easy, using a Bootable USB you can very easily install it on your PC.

Linux Mint:

Its installation is same as UBUNTU but there can be some hardware issues possible as Hardware Compatibility of Linux Mint is less compared to UBUNTU.

Both Linux Mint and Ubuntu supports UEFI which means both can interact with Computer Firmware. UEFI is most likely to replace BIOS.

Linux Mint is not certified by Microsoft for Secure Boot. Secure Boot is a UEFI feature which detects malicious programs and stops it from loading during the startup process. So you have to disable Secure Boot from BIOS in order to install Linux Mint on your computer.

While UBUNTU is certified by Microsoft for Secure Boot, so you don’t need to disable Secure Boot from your BIOS.

Therefore, the installation process can be problematic for one distro, while being smooth for the other. However, if the drivers exist for both distros – for the most part – the installation process is identical since both distros use the same installer – Ubiquity – all that changes is the user interface.

In terms of ease of Installation process, both Mint and Ubuntu are the winners.

5. The User Interface


Ubuntu has a dock for opening applications and has Unity Desktop Environment. It is unique interface among all Linux Distros. Some may like it or some may hate it. Personally, i like Ubuntu Dock.


It has GNOME 3 Desktop Environment which is very similar to Windows Operating System in terms of looks and feel.

If you are Windows OS lover then you will like MINT more but I personally like UBUNTU user interface more.

6. The Desktop Environment


It has Unity Desktop Environment. You can have look at it below.

ubuntu unity


It has GNOME 3 Desktop Environment. You can look it below.

linux mint vs ubuntu

You can decide for yourself which one is better.

Personally, I like Ubuntu Desktop Environment more than Mint.

7. Default Theme


Its default theme is a combination of dark and light color. Ubuntu comes by default with the Radiance and Ambiance themes.


Its default theme is light in color. The default theme is called Mint-Y. The theme is perfect for those who are used to light colors and who have used Windows OS a lot.

I personally like Ubuntu Default theme more than Mint’s default theme.

8. Preinstalled Softwares


Ubuntu lags in this aspect. There are hardly any software pre-installed on it. You have to manually install all the software as per your need.


I like mint in this aspect because it comes preloaded with all the software that are mostly used by every user. Some of the preinstalled software in Linux Mint are:

  1. VLC Media Player
  2. GIMP Photo Editor
  3. RythmBox

and many more.

In terms of pre-installed software, Mint will be very useful for you as you don’t have to install them by yourself as in case of UBUNTU. Therefore, MINT is a clear winner.

9. The Software Collection


It takes the lead here as it is more popular than Mint, therefore, developers make more Apps compared to Mint.


You will get mostly all major software but still, some may be missing. Also if some software is supported in Ubuntu, you will mostly likely to get that software in Mint also within few months.

In terms of Software Collection, UBUNTU takes the lead and there is no doubt about that.

10. The Software Center


We had Ubuntu Software Center but it is now replaced with standard GNOME Software Store. But you will get apps which are definitely supported by Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Software Center


Linux Mint also has a Software Center but it’s not as mature compared to Ubuntu. It also has some of the applications which will be available for Mint only.

linux mint vs ubuntu

Here also UBUNTU takes the lead with a large number of Softwares available when compared to MINT Software Center.

If you are using Windows then, You can have a look at our article 10 Best Windows 10 Dark Themes(2018 Best Edition Dark Themes).


So, Finally Linux Mint vs Ubuntu, who is the winner?

As I already told you, it’s not a straightforward answer and it depends on person to person. I will decide the winner as per the type of user.

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu for Programming/Developers

Ubuntu clearly takes the lead here as it supports a large number of applications so it would be highly beneficial for Programmers. The only reason you would choose Mint over Ubuntu would be its Windows Looks. However, most of your Programming needs would be fulfilled in Mint also but you can have some problem which might not be in Ubuntu.

My choice, UBUNTU is clear Winner.

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu Privacy

Both are equally secure and Privacy will be maintained equally in both the OS.

Linux Mint or Ubuntu for Beginner

Definitely Linux Mint is easier to use when compared to Ubuntu because of its User friendliness similar to Windows Operating System.

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu in terms of Performance

In terms of Performance clearly Linux Mint is the winner here as its Latest Cinnamon Desktop uses less ram compared to Unity, which is almost as half as the ram that Unity consumes.

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu for Gaming

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu for Gaming

Both distros will have similar Game Experience but as Linux Mint consumes less ram compared to Ubuntu so Mint would be more good in terms of available free same. However, in most of the cases, it doesn’t matter much and both will provide you same Gaming Experience more or less.


Well, here our analysis of Linux vs Ubuntu ends. Hope you could now decide for yourself which one best suits you.

Below you can download Linux Mint or Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Download Page

Mint Download Page

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