My laptop has been running either Ubuntu Mate or Mint Cinnamon for some time. I'm now almost full time Linux apart from when I use my desktop for gaming. So I wanted to have a second drive in my desktop for Linux when I'm using that and not gaming. I spent weeks agonising over which distro to use and spent weeks trying many of them in a VM. I narrowed it down to either my previously preferred Mint Cinnamon or use Ubuntu or a distro with vanilla Gnome Shell. I was almost at the point of settling on Cinnamon for the laptop and Ubuntu for my desktop. ...then for reasons I still don't quite understand I tried KDE Plasma on Kubuntu. My word I'm impressed. The last time I tried KDE was back in about 2003 when it looked very cartoony. I've never considered using it since. But I thought I'd try it and I'm seriously impressed. I'm now running Kubuntu on both my laptop and desktop. It's just beautiful. Time will tell whether I have any problems. But so far I'm really enjoying it. It's come such a long way since I last tried KDE (yes I appreciate KDE is now the name of the organisation and Plasma is the name of the desktop environment. It's fast, looks great, and has a 'just right' font size and I can customise it to work just how I want it to. Gnome probably looked a little bit more modern but I couldn't quite get used to how the workflow was or the minimalisation route it was going down. So I think I'll stick with Plasma for a while. If you haven't tried KDE/Plasma recently then it really is worth a look.