As I lay here at 24 minutes past midnight it’s now Saturday 5th October. and in the last week I have been enjoying my Linux.
- I installed Manjaro 18.1 on a SSD partition on an HP EliteBook 8470p laptop. I went the Xfce route and everything went fine. The install was fast, simple and it’s been running nicely. I’ve used it some part of every day since I installed it (and my usual packages). I’ve done my typical mix of things, no problems (it’s not the most complex mix of things but then most home users probably don’t).
- I installed the latest SolydXK 10 (the X for Xfce version) on my other HP EliteBook 8470p (yes, I have 2, one has Arch based distros, one has Debian based). Apart from the eye straining orangeness of the themes (the dark version is OK I guess, but still boring) it’s a very nice, easy to install Debian 10 (Buster) based distro. It does have it’s own repos but mostly uses the Debian ones and is pretty close to a Debian install.
- And most importantly, I’ve kept my MX Linux 19 beta 2.1 updated while waiting for the beta3 or Release Candidate to appear.
Those 3 distro have been in daily use, sharing the “stuff” I’ve been messing with. All three have been a joy and fun to use. SolydX is the one I have least experience with, I’ve used MX since the mid MX-17 cycle, Manjaro 18 I’ve had on another laptop and have kept up to date and played with about once a week since earlier this year (April? May? I forget). I had a brief flirtation with SolydX earlier this year, it lasted maybe a couple of days before the orange theme had me screaming. This time I changed the wallpaper and changed to a dark theme and got it to be a it more bearable, OK even (so, I’m picky, sue me).
As “I also did” tasks I made sure to keep the partition with SparkyLinux 6 (semi-rolling), Debian Testing (Bullseye), ArcoLinux, and EndeavourOS updated, gave them a little exercise each (an hour or so between mugs of tea and biscuits). All-in-all I had a good week.
What I continue to notice also is, once you get past the installers, and the themes, and start using the applications, how they all work well, they are all just… well, Linux. I suppose if you have very new (or maybe very old) kit, or you have specific specialist software needs (I’ll include gaming in that, I’m not a gamer) you may be a bit more selective, but I could live and get by happily, with these and other distros.
We are spoiled compared to when I first tried Linux about the turn of the millenium, so muny good distros, so much choice… and yes, I know that can be see as a problem for getting new adoptions, but that’s a different discussion.
It’s now 3 minutes to 1am, I’m going to try and get some sleep