Linux Mint's purpose is to produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux
Linux Mint and Ubuntu
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and compatible with it.
- Ubuntu has a fixed 6 months release cycle
- Linux Mint's release cycle is faster (from 1 to 2 months) and depends on
what innovations were made rather than on a predefined schedule
Ubuntu tends to follow the "free software" philosophies and for this reason do not
include "dirty" software (patented or proprietary technologies for instance).
We believe in freedom. All our development and work is released as free software
and we're glad to contribute our source code. We also prefer to use open source
software rather than their proprietary equivalents. However we don't believe in
banning or boycotting proprietary software. If a proprietary component has no suitable
open source alternative and is needed to produce an elegant desktop we do include
it. For this reason we include things like the Flash plugin for instance.
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