JohnB wrote:GeoffF100 wrote:I am still happy with Xububtu 20.04, but I decided to have a look at Mint 20
I am still happy with Mint Mate 19, but after your praising Xubunbtu 20.04, I decided to look at it. I didn't like the toolbar at the top (I like menu bars at top, toolbars at bottom), or the double click to select application menu/application. I also tried Lubuntu and Ubuntu, but Ubuntu still has that cartoon interface, so I'm back with Mint again.
It is easy to move the panel (AKA taskbar) to the bottom of the screen. Here is a twenty second video showing how to do it:
Both Xubuntu and Mint Xfce share the Xfce desktop. Mint Xfce has the panel at the bottom of the screen by default.
With Xfce, you can have shortcuts on the panel. Click ONCE to launch the corresponding application. With Xfce, you click the "start button" (little mouse in Xubuntu or LM in Mint) ONCE to bring up the Favourites menu, which contains your frequently used applications. You then click ONCE on the application that you wish to launch, or ONCE on the sub-menu you wish to open. Is Mate different?
Xubuntu and Mint Xfce are very similar. They both share the Xfce desktop and Ubuntu base. The installed themes and default settings are different, but can easily be changed. Mint Xfce has more customisation and more applications loaded by default. I cannot say which is better. Currently, I am only running Mint Xfce from a live USB drive.
Ubuntu can be made to look more like Windows:
https://www.howtogeek.com/353819/how-to ... e-windows/
Nonetheless, Xfce is faster and more Windows like, and there are distros that mimic Windows even more closely.