I Am Proud To Be A Linux User

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?

At the time, I was on Windows 8.1 and Microsoft was announcing the rollout of their new operating system, Windows 10.

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

GeckoLinux is a distribution that is based on openSUSE.

It is available in two releases:

  1. Static (Which is based on openSUSE Leap).
  2. 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).

Final Thoughts

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.

35 thoughts on “I Am Proud To Be A Linux User

    1. 🙂 You are welcome, AlexaJade.

      Linux is not a relic of the past.

      Linux is widely used today by lots of people and Linux has certainly come a long way.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  1. Honestly, I don’t understand exactly what you are saying Renard but I do know that anything is better than that nasty Windows OS. I dumped that a few years ago for exactly the reasons you listed and moved to Mac. 😎

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  2. Thanks for this. I’m a Linux user and never knew there was so much more. I know you have to manually update frequently, but I love it. Might check out Mint & look into it.

    What are desktop environments? First time I’ve heard the term TBH.

    The other good thing about Linux is security. MS Edge browser (default with MS operating systems) is Rubbish.

    Anyway, thanks for this.

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  3. I used OS/2 for years and switched to Linux as soon as it matured enough that I could use if for my daily work, about two decades ago. I’ve used a variety of distros, mostly with KDE since Gnome got dumbed down. I’ve been on Kubuntu for the last ten years or so. My main desktop at home stays on the long-term-support version.

    I was in a system QA group at Xerox until they dumped me in 2017. We needed to be adept on both Linux and Windows to be able to deal with the assortment of server applications. I used Linux and ran Win7 in a virtual machine. My cohort used Windows 7 and ran Linux in a VM. He was more of a command line junkie than I, and that’s going some.

    For my photography I scan negatives directly into the Gimp. My text editor is Vim, as it has been since my OS/2 days when I got tired of having to learn a different editor for each OS I dealt with. Vim runs on everything.

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  4. Reblogged this on Thar She Blows! and commented:
    Very nice and logical article by Renard Moreu about why he switched from Windows to Linux and his experiences with some of the more famous distributions. Nicely structured and compilated, his is the story of most Windows users and why they switched over to the greener pastures of Linuxland. 🙂

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  5. I know nothing of Linux. Forgive my ignorance.

    Presently, I’m running Windows 8 on my system.

    All the same, Linux sounds interesting.

    Thanks for sharing, Renard.

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  6. Nice passionate post Renard. I’m staying with mint currently as it works for me with zero effort.
    My printer and scanner also work with mint. Windows 10 needs a lot of work to tame, and runs poorly with less than 8gb of ram in my experience.

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  7. After Windows® ticked me off enough, I was going to buy a Mac, but the price tag was outrageous! I didn’t know about Linux until I did an internet search on keeping an older computer going even with an unsupported OS (something like that), and found out about Linux. I figured that was just for super-techno-geeks, not us ordinary users and mere mortals – much less a technophobic boy like me. But further reading was amazing, and like you, I started with Linux for Human Beings®, Ubuntu. Flirtations with Debian, PCLinuxOS, and even Slackware have been fun, challenging, and educational. Different desktops, too (it’s so cool that we have a choice of desktop environments to choose from!).

    For beginners, I recommend Linux Lite and Linux Mint. When you kinda know your way around, then play with some others just for fun if you want to, or if you’re more like me, just stick with what works.

    I’m very concerned lately about Ubuntu’s trend towards snaps instead of good ol’ tried-and-true .deb packaging for software though. While there are advantages, there are as many disadvantages. This trend trickles down to all the Ubuntu-based distros including Linux Mint and Linux Lite. It’s got me looking at the Rolling-release, independent distro, PCLinuxOS again.

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  8. You keep pushing me closer to making the jump myself, LOL.

    Suffice it to say I have nothing nice to say about M$ Windows. With the emulators out there to run Winblows software in a Linux shell, there’s really no reason I shouldn’t.

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