Yeah, I've been a GNU/Linux advocate for a long, long time, but I admit these last years have been pretty crazy. Instead of taking advantage of the windows 8 / 8.1 debacle to attract lots of discontent users, we lived, more or less simultaneously, our own version of the same disastrous situation: critical base components were ditched in favor of more complex substitutes, forcedly introduced before being stable enough IMO (the classical init system replaced by upstart, and then systemd; pulseaudio's mess; the venerable X system looking for a decent successor in Mir or Wayland; etc.) and the same happened to essential GUI / desktop components (GTK v3 & KDE v4 [IIRC], responses motivated by these in the form of Ubuntu's Unity or Mint's Cinnamon and Mate or elementary OS...)
[rant]Regarding the GUI paradigms, seems like everyone, including MS, was obsessed with constructing a one-true-and-only GUI to be used in every possible case, from desktops to tablets to phones to TVs... Look, Apple got it right: a classical OS for desktops and laptops, a different OS for portable & touch devices, another one for wearables... The natural way to do that in Linux would have been to just add NEW GUIs to the already huge desktop ecosystem, targeted specifically at the new devices hitting the market... but they did such mess instead, sigh...[/rant]
The good news is that we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to everything settling down at last. Right now, the two GNU/Linux distributions I'd recommend the most are LinuxMint
, based on Ubuntu (well, or directly on Debian if you install the rolling release they provide), and Fedora
(RedHat's free edition). Personally, I use the former (either Mate or Cinnamon edition), but I only heard good things about the last version of the latter (with goodies like wayland finally landing, python v3 everywhere, Rust programming language support, migrations from previous versions without rough edges, etc.)
The desktop environment is a lot more subjective choice and the zoo is really big here but, for a "full blown desktop" experience, Cinnamon is my favorite sane, classical interface, with Unity's paradigm and Gnome3's Shell finally deserving some attention (cannot speak for recent versions of KDE, though).
Quote:Then I installed Ubuntu. Thing is, I kinda like Ubuntu. It looks nice and at least it's got its own personality. But what's up with the themes? I found out there are beautiful themes, at least in the screenshots, like ARC and Vimix.. but when I install theme it doesn't look like the screenshots. There are bits and pieces that look nice, and then there are all kind of artifcats like extra lines, or edges that are not aligned ,etc. It's like they made a screenshot of the best bits? Or did they make screenshots in some other distro, because in Ubuntu 16.04, it's just not coherent.
It's pretty possible they made a screenshot of the best bits. But it's also possible you need to tweak some settings after applying the theme so they look as they're supposed to. Can't help you much there, didn't use Unity a lot and never tried to install a theme for it.