I have been using Linux exclusively since 2015 and in all honesty, I have no regrets of ever jumping on the Linux bandwagon.
Linux does everything that I want it to.
And, the best part of all, Linux is free!
What Was It That Made Me Leave Microsoft Windows?
Back then, I said to myself, “Sorry, I am not upgrading to Windows 10!”
Also, I was not planning on staying with Windows 8.1 either.
I grew tired of:
- The bloatware and the sponsored applications.
- The forced automatic updates.
- The poor way that it handled privacy.
- The operating system being highly prone to viruses and malware.
So, I was extremely happy to rid my computer of Microsoft Windows.
I Educated Myself About Linux
Approximately two months before I stopped using Microsoft Windows, I read lots of articles that were based on Linux.
I also watched my fair share of Linux tutorials on YouTube.
I did not go into the world of Linux blindly; I knew exactly what I was getting myself into.
And, I knew that the learning process would never stop once I committed myself to Linux.
The First Linux Operating System That I Ever Tried Was Ubuntu
Ubuntu was popular back then (And, it is still popular today).
I went with Ubuntu because there was lots of online material on that Linux operating system; if something were to go horribly wrong, I knew that I could do an online search for the technologically-related issue that I was plagued with and repair my operating system.
I did not stay with Ubuntu for long because I was not too pleased with the Unity desktop environment; I found it to be a bit heavy on resources.
Today, vanilla Ubuntu uses the GNOME desktop environment — one of those desktop environments that are resource-intensive.
I Eventually Moved Over To Linux Mint
Linux Mint has a version that is based on Ubuntu (That is the one that I moved over to).
At the time, Linux Mint had four desktop environments to choose from:
I went with their flagship desktop — the Cinnamon desktop environment.
I liked the Cinnamon desktop environment because it was intuitive to use and its layout was highly reminiscent of that of Windows 7.
Back then, the Cinnamon desktop environment was a bit buggy; there were the occasional crashes and when it crashed, it would go into Software Rendering Mode; which allowed the user to continue browsing the internet.
I also used their version of Xfce (It worked well, but it was too bland for my personal taste).
Linux Mint with the Xfce desktop environment (which is lightweight) is ideal for older computers with very low specs.
I did use Linux Mint with KDE briefly; I enjoyed it because it worked fairly okay and it was pleasant to look at (Back then, KDE was heavy on resources).
Linux Mint dropped KDE in the past (It is a pity because KDE has trimmed the excess fat — it has become more of a lightweight desktop).
Linux Mint with the MATE desktop environment also worked well on my computer (The MATE desktop environment is lightweight; it consumes little resources; which makes it perfect for older computers).
Linux Mint made sure that their distribution was stable (It is stable because they use long-term support kernels).
Being the natural tinkerer that I am, I would remove their long-term support kernel and replace it with the newest mainline kernel (Most of the time, things turned out well and there were rare occasions when I experienced a kernel panic).
I Also Experimented With All Of The Official Ubuntu Flavours
In the past, I experimented with the following official Ubuntu flavours:
They work somewhat okay; they are not without their flaws.
My problem with Ubuntu, on the whole, is that it is released with bugs; which they eventually iron out (I am of the opinion that they should work out all of the bugs before releasing it).
I Had A Bit Of Fun With Some Of The Other Ubuntu-Based Distributions
Believe it or not, there are a lot of distributions of Linux that are based on Ubuntu (The numbers are huge).
I found the following Ubuntu-based distributions to be promising:
They are all nice but their base (Ubuntu) is not flawless.
I Dabbled Briefly With Debian-Based Distributions
After I had experimented with Debian, I came to the conclusion that it was very stable and boring.
Debian has a reputation for using older versions of software (Which some people like).
I had the privilege of using the following Debian-based distributions of Linux:
Yes, they were stable but they lacked the level of excitement that I wanted.
Apparently, Debian and its Debian-based derivatives are not for everyone.
Arch Linux-Based Linux Distributions Provided Me With The Level Of Excitement That I Needed
If you are a tinkerer like me, you will have the time of your life with Arch Linux-based distributions of Linux.
Those Arch Linux-based distributions that I had lots of fun with were:
The only issue I have ever faced with those Arch Linux-based distributions is the occasional update that required the manual intervention process.
The learning curve is definitely higher with Arch Linux-based distributions (I do not mind that at all because I enjoy learning and I love to tinker with operating systems).
Solus Made A Positive Impression On Me
Solus happens to be one of those operating systems that was built from the ground up (It is its own thing — an operating system that is not based on any of the Linux operating systems in existence).
Some people have complained about being unable to get Solus installed on their computer (Apparently, Solus is not as compatible with a larger quantity of hardware like Ubuntu).
However, if you are one of the lucky ones to get Solus installed on your computer you will enjoy:
- Its elegance.
- Its speed.
- Its stability (It is surprisingly stable for a rolling release).
I have tried all of the versions of Solus; which are:
- Solus Budgie
- Solus GNOME
- Solus MATE
- Solus Plasma
Due to the fact, that I truly adore the MATE desktop environment, I chose Solus MATE as my daily driver.
While Solus’s software repository may not be as large as Ubuntu’s, it contains all the software that the average Linux user would ever need.
If your favourite software is not available in Solus’s software repository, you can access them via:
Solus is one of a kind and it is worthy of being checked out.
I Tested GeckoLinux In The Past
It is available in two releases:
- Static (Which is based on openSUSE Leap).
- Rolling (Which is based on openSUSE Tumbleweed).
Being a fan of rolling release distributions of Linux and a huge fan of the MATE desktop environment, I gave their MATE desktop a test run.
In spite of the experience being positive, I felt as though some of the technological advancements were being held back (The software was not as up-to-date as its MATE counterparts on Solus and the other Arch Linux-based distributions of Linux).
There are other distributions of Linux that I did not add to my list; they are no longer around or have been abandoned by their developer.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that I do not miss using Microsoft Windows.
Why the hell should I miss Microsoft Windows if Linux is currently handling all of my needs?
Linux has software that enables me to:
- Create and edit pictures.
- Produce music tracks.
- Create office documents.
- Create and store articles.
Besides, I am quite contented with using the MATE editions of Solus and Manjaro Linux.