I am a relatively new convert to Linux, having installed Linux Mint 10 about six months ago. A month or so ago, I came across Natty and installed the Beta release (in a separate partition). I upgraded to the final this morning.

There are a lot of things about it that I like. I like the general look and feel, though I find that it can be a little tedious when trying to find a programme, as it only shows the top five (?) programmes in a category, and a further click and scroll is required for the rest of the category. There may be some way of adjusting the number of top programmes displayed, but I haven’t found it yet.

Given the choice between Mint 10 (Gnome) or Natty, I would tend to roll with Mint. The two are fairly similar in that Mint is based on Ubuntu. However (and here’s the rub) I believe Mint are running with Gnome 3 on their next release. I tried out the latter today and found that it apparently has a steeper learning curve than Unity.

Could they have reinvented the wheel and produced a square one?