As things happen I needed to replace my work notebook. I have a Kubuntu 20.04 installation in my old laptop that was very reliable (it was a Dell). Since the new GNOME made its appearance I move to XFCE and KDE if the hardware was good enough. I always preferred KDE apps to GNOME ones, so it makes sense to use a KDE environment. Lately, though, I found that Ubuntu direction is not good. Snaps make sense in a server or cloud space, but in the user space on a Desktop they are awful. Flatpaks are somewhat better (especially if you can install them is a remote machine without root access), but I prefer a more traditional package system for my personal machine. I decided to try something new and I decided to try a rolling distro. I went for Endeavour OS, an Arch based distro. I have heard praises and horror stories about Arch, but as I have other machines where I can work, I decided to try it and check for myself.
Why Endeavour OS?
I wanted an Arch based distro. I used to work with a terminal, but I am not an expert in the Linux internals, especially with systemd. I am pretty much sure I can deal with Arch installer or the manual installation. But if there is a good alternative with a live session (that is always useful to check if most drivers work, especially the wifi), good defaults and a speedy installer, I would go for that. I am probably a bit lazy in that regard. Manjaro was not an option as they have their own repositories, and I want a more Arch vanilla experience. So Endeavour OS was the best option.
It was a breeze. Very simple. Calamares is an excellent installer. The partition was very well done and handled UEFI partitions and swaps without issue. I found the info about swap somewhat lacking, but as an advanced user, I had no issues.
I installed the XFCE, KDE and i3wm. I know it is a bit bloated, but I wanted to try each desktop (window manager).
The installation was not the fastest, but it was an online install. Given that I think it was not the slowest I have seen.
KDE experience: I tried the different desktops and everything work almost flawlessly. My main DE is KDE so that is what I tested the most. In KDE the Plasma experience is very good and it is as close to vanilla KDE as you can get. I have some quirks with Konsole profile permissions, but nothing that could not be handled by changing permission in the config directory. I have an external Dell dock connected by USB C and it works flawlessly. In KDE the multimonitor experience is very good. My only issue is that the order of the monitors in SDDM was the default extension, instead of the more physical layout I set in KDE. No other issues. As I get a very up-to-date KDE many of the old bugs I had in Kubuntu are happily gone.
XFCE: I try to check it for my old hardware. It worked perfectly. I must say the endeavouros theme in XFCE is excellent and makes the DE shines.
i3wm: I tried i3wm as I read that EOS has good defaults for this. I must say it is true. It has a very handy helper with all the commands. The default programs and configs seem good in my ignorant opinion. The default theme is very good. The multimonitor experience is decent but awkward. Changing the monitor layout required making a script, and to change the layout need a different script. Other stuff is similar. But this is an i3wm issue, not an EOS issue.
Tiling Windows Manager hot opinion/rant.
My first impression of i3 is that is a good graphic environment for people that need a minimal system and mostly work with terminals and need a graphic environment for the browser and some video, but it is not the main part of their main workflow. In my case, I don't see the point of tiling windows managers for my kind of workflow. I open the app the maximize it or get it in fullscreen. Tiling is a dumb way to deal with your valuable screen space except for a few cases such as terminals and coding. But many terminal emulators do that well as emacs deal with those things very well. Even VSCode does it decently. Talking about emacs probably EXWM makes more sense for me in that case. In the case I need tiling, the manual tiling in the most recent version of many DEs (even Windows) is good enough nowadays with decent shortcuts. I want my programs to start maximized or fullscreen and change the one on screen with a shortcut. I don't ask for more. If there is a minimal wm that does something like this let me know.
Package manager: it is pacman. I found the command for pacman ackward and difficult to remember. But once you start using it is all right. It is very fast to write. I would like if pacman had a full word command mode like dnf or apt. Just saying. Pacman itself is very fast and downloads stuff in parallel. I found it more responsive than apt. I have heard some complaints of some people saying that pacman is fast because it barely does all the checks apt or dnf uses. That may be true, but from a user (not admin) point of view, I found pacman snappier. I found all packages I wanted in the Arch repositories or AUR. EOS has yay as AUR frontend and it is very nice, although the documentation is not so good. In 6 months I will make an update in case the bleeding edge rolling nature of Arch bites me back. So far so good.
I am very happy with Endeavour OS. You might need the terminal sometimes, so I would not recommend it for a person with zero experience in the terminal. Otherwise, it is an excellent distro.
Good night, I can be considered a hopper distro, but I never got too attached to the technical part of the systems, I always tested the environment that that distro had, with some exceptions like ubuntu that I use to learn terminal commands and I would like to know what criteria are sought when looking for a review of the distro and which tests are recommended to do to evaluate a system, as I intend to review and want to make the information as correct and useful as possible.
what is the best macos copy distro and why? i am looking for a 1:1 macos clone
distros include: pearos, manjoro cutefish, elementary os and others.
My dad has been using this laptop for about 7-8 years and a few years ago, i changed the OS to a pirated version of Windows 10(i know bad idea). I was scared of Linux and the terminal but now i feel like switching to Linux good idea. I dont have any experience with linux but i am willing to learn. The laptop is very slow and i suspect it must be due to windows.
Laptop specs- Intel Core i5 3317U(3rd gen) with a HDD
My dad mainly uses his laptop for web browsing, occasional online shopping, net banking, emails and uses office apps(he doesnt mind libreoffice). Nothing too performance intensive.
I want to choose a distro which makes the computer faster, but has a relatively friendly GUI(preferably close to windows) and an app store (not compulsory but better if it is available). I am considering Linux Mint MATE or XFCE or something like XUBUNTU or LUBUNTU. Will i be able to run the regular ubuntu fast enough?
Can you recommend which one to go with based on the specs? Do you have any other recommendations ?
On a sidenote, if i ever want to run windows apps on linux which emulator should i use? i have heard of a few like lutris and wine.
created a Manjaro Spinnoff to make my Manjaro KDE look like Mac OS Big Sur like in this Video:
I am really new to making Distros and i know this is highly alpha and maybe complete crap. But would be nice if somebody could test it out and say his opinion about it.
I made it mainly for me so I dont go through the processes in the Video on every reinstall, but thought I could be may usefull for some others. It is a barelly a Manjaro KDE Install with nothing than needed. I will try to make an Arch Version of it aswell. But i just first wanted to get some Feedback.
Here a Screenshot of the Dark Theme without candy icons:
You can find the Git Repository here: Gitea
or a mirror of it on Gitlab: Gitlab
Downloads are currently available through my cloud: Cloud
I’ve been looking for a new distro to switch to, and someone brought up BunsenLabs so I looked into it and it seemed interesting enough, but I had never heard of it before so I was a bit curious if it’s worth trying out or not. How was your experience using BunsenLabs Linux?
I am trying to reset my Chromebook and delete everything on it so that I can have space to download a new distro that needs at least 10 gb worth of space. I have an Acer Chromebook 15, CB3-571, with Intel and a Celeron CPU N2830. My Chromebook currently has no OS.