Linux Mint is an interesting beast. It initially appeared on the scene as a version of Ubuntu with some added codecs and drivers. It then quickly earned a (much-deserved) reputation for excellent visual design and has, over the last few years, built up a sizable user base – catapulting it to the No. 1 spot on the DistroWatch list. This popularity has caused the system to splinter into a variety of flavors and versions, which is both interesting and confusing. My prediction is that Linux Mint will become a single version of a single distro (re-focusing its message) in 2014, or it will see a significant drop in popularity. Regardless of what its talented team does, I will be watching closely.