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I am thinking about adding something besides unity into my ubuntu 12.04.

My questions are this: -If I add cinnamon, mate, gnome2/3, could I still call it it Ubuntu, or would it be Mint? -Why not just add Mint instead of cinnamon, or mate, into Ubuntu? -Or is Mint just those at the core, and not the other way around? -I had terrible battery drain using Mint. Something was wrong with the kernel with my laptop type. If I add cinnamon, would I get that battery drain again? -And lastly, would I be able to get that awesome HUD if I add the other things?

I realize these questions are a bit confusing, or at least they are for me.

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-If I add cinnamon, mate, gnome2/3, could I still call it it Ubuntu, or would it be Mint?

It is still Ubuntu.

Why not just add Mint instead of cinnamon, or mate, into Ubuntu? Or is Mint just those at the core, and not the other way around?

I did not understand what you mean, Mint as Ubuntu is a community of users and developers, both with goals that may or may not convey same thing.

-I had terrible battery drain using Mint. Something was wrong with the kernel with my laptop type. If I add cinnamon, would I get that battery drain again?

Cinnamon is a Desktop Environment and it's just that it is not an Operating System. . Cinnamon might have been "heavier" in terms of resource using so it "may have caused your battery to drain faster.

-And lastly, would I be able to get that awesome HUD if I add the other things?

No, HUD is intended to be used with Unity only.

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