Linux Mint 13 Maya, is one of the best Linux distributions available at the moment, and it is the only one capable of standing up to Ubuntu which is the most downloaded and installed Linux distro worldwide.
Linux Mint 13 Maya it is based on Ubuntu, and this in turn in debbian; what I like most about this sensational operating system is the choice of different desktop formats.
This latest version of Mint is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and in its classic version we can select between two different desks, Mate y Cinnamon, in addition, of course, to be able to continue choosing the XCFE, KDE and Debian versions.
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Differences to highlight between the different desks available
This desk offers us a spectacular impressive, both his effects as their graphics They are cared for in detail, it also has the characteristic of mouse gestures that will make the experience much more pleasant.
Cinnamon 1.4 It is designed for more powerful equipment, although it rolls quite well in netbooks with lower technical specifications.
This desk is designed for teams less powerful like netbooks, both its graphics and its effects are simple and light as much as possible, since the only thing that is offered to us is the functionality and lightness of the system.
Its appearance is very similar to Gnome 2, although much easier if possible.
The desk KDE offers us a spectacular and different design to the arch-known desk Gnome, this type of desk has many followers, although I personally prefer the Gnome strengths and weaknesses in its version 3.
This version of Linux Mint is designed to Advanced users, and it is not advisable for novice users, since its simple installation will become a real ordeal.
If you are an advanced user in Linux systems, for sure this will be your choice.
This is the desktop and version of Lighter Linux Mint by far, it is aimed at teams with very few resources.
The minimum specifications to install the version XCFE they are limited to 256 Mb of Ram memory, a resolution of 800 x 600 and an available hard disk space of about 4 Gb.
Which version to choose?
I definitely prefer the version Cinnamon as its spectacularity and performance They are excellent, of course that all depends both on your personal tastes and on the computer you are going to install it on.
More information - How to change unity desktop for gnome 3
Downloads - Linux Mint official page