Is Ubuntu moving away from the deb packages:
The short answer is no, they can't. Ubuntu is still Debian based and as long as that remains they will be using deb packages. However they are moving their own packages to snappy packages which improve the isolation of individiual apps. This doesn't mean you won't be able to install .debs from then on.
If you're moving away from Ubuntu because it no longer uses deb as primary packages, going to Red Hat is a bit of an odd choice, since they also don't use the deb & apt-get packaging.
myrti, Thanks for the link, it squashes many concerns & rumors spread, keeps the record straight.
No, I don't want to move away from Linux Mint, but if I had to, would prefer to learn over again under a totally different roof, why would I allow Canonical to burn me twice? I did it when the initial leap to Linux MInt was made 6.5 years ago (after bouncing around 3-4 months until I could find the one for me) & can again if I have to. Actually, as stated above, was already beginning to learn Cent OS some (yes, it's indeed tougher), after a couple of months, beginning to enjoy the experience. Had I turned down my friend's offer, would be fluent in two Linux distros long ago, Windows 8 turned out to be a bust & many wasted hours of my time, not to mention the members I had to deal with in the role that I accepted before even making my first post on the forum. It's since been hacked & am not surprised.
Seems maybe not, there is just so much double talk makes you think Canonical is Microsofts hick cousin
In a sense, you're right, about 30% or more of Microsoft Azure clients are running Linux servers (many modified Ubuntu ones). There are already two major versions of Ubuntu, the free one that we can use mostly w/out EULA's, and there's also their cash cow professional subscription based versions (that keeps ours free), custom tailored for most any need. That's why Canonical has sales & support offices all over the world, my main medical provider now uses a custom Ubuntu build, she liked the OS so good, that it's all that's in her home now. Told me that it was saving her over $150 yearly in security software alone, not to mention all of the other needed maintenance that Windows requires to run smooth. If a Windows user, unless one has as much set on auto pilot as possible (I do), there's still work involved. Anyone that says different is not taking care of their OS.
While there also is some with Linux Mint or Ubuntu, that amount is sliced by 80%. Keeping the OS & software updated & imaged weekly are the main two things to do. As far using the OS, well it's just like any other in that respect, which makes it hard for me to believe Home usershare hasn't grown, while business usage has grown tremendously. Yet I'll be the first to tell anyone who says 'I don't use Linux', that they're very wrong. Be it placing orders online, having access to basic utilities like power, phone, cable & even water, many are using Linux, whether or not they like it. If their water system is on Linux & it's cut off for a day or two, that person will fall in love with Linux & if their ISP is, even more so. At a minimum, they'll stop trashing it.
Canonical & other huge players in the Linux world needs to be actively seeking contracts with major retailers, North America is a huge market in itself, with as many Walmart stores as there are, Ubuntu is still (behind the scenes) hoping that Dell is their winner & this makes their 2nd attempt. One has to dig deep into the Dell website to find notebooks & ultrabooks loaded with Ubuntu. There are many $288-348 notebooks & PC's in Walmart stores, shave $25 off the price for the Windows license & with a little negotiating, can begin a major market. This applies to Linux Mint also. These backwood online retailers few except enthusiasts hears of, like System76 & others, are charging more than Apple for equivalent hardware & killing any hope at a real Linux market.
Chromebooks are selling, so don't see why Ubuntu based distros can't either. While Google has the advantage of being a household name, this wasn't always the case, in fact Debian (which Ubuntu was built on) was here years before Google was a thought in the minds of Larry Page & Sergie Brin. And back in the mid 80's when Bill Gates was struggling to keep Microsoft's first users, he'd been totally delighted to have had today's Linux usershare. So obviously, it's the Linux distro leaders shooting themselves in the feet at developing a decent market share.
And it's those who stirs up these rumors that Ubuntu is going to totally change that makes matters worse. My retention rate at keeping Linux users is 100% (in about 35-40 users) & if weren't disabled & could get out more, could bring in a lot more. It's all in how one presents their product to the individual that wants a different way for their needs. Most of mine were sick & tired of their computers being the same way via infections & some had 'premium' software to catch Malware. Linux Mint solved that. Bring me someone who gets 3-4 infections per week, I'll have that person on Linux Mint (or Ubuntu if the Modern UI is their cup of tea) inside of 2 hours. And I won't have to twist arms, be untruthful or use underhanded sales tactics, because I'm selling nothing, only giving away freedom.
Workstation PC Maybe I can see where you may want more vroom vroom but the advantage of linux is it can run on low end hardware no prob.
MadmanRB, you're correct, I've loaded Linux MInt MATE & Xfce on many low power Windows 7 computers that were sold in the untold millions. My purpose for a well loaded PC is to run VM's, sometimes 2 or 3 at a time. One needs hardware to accomplish that, and the VM's runs as fast, if not faster, than a native install. Once I perform a new build, will use my current PC as a home entertainment one, and it has the power to do just that.
The Intel 4600 HD graphics aren't bad for a single install of Linux, actually quite good, yet if pushed to a certain point (like running the host OS plus a couple of VM's), it begins to fold. Sometimes my GTX 960 will if I don't OC it a bit. If only Dell had announced they were testing the GTX 970, which has twice the power & later approved a couple of EVGA models, I'd have waited. At the current time though, cannot justify the cost of 3rd GPU upgrade in a PC just barely over 2 years old, 4 if the included AMD Dell OEM 7570 (1GB GDDR5) is in the mix, though with a low profile bracket, have installed it in a SFF PC.
I've never really used the Intel HD 4600 graphics, other than to clean install a new card (or Linux Mint), by default it's disabled if one is in the slot for it.