One Year on Linux
hamzberg | 28 October 2023 | 3 minute read
I actually forgot that it's been a year since my transition to Linux.
It wasn't a complete transition. I still have to use Windows and MacOS for various reasons, but for all things personal and most other things academic, I use Linux.
And I have to be honest, it's pretty good.
I picked Manjaro Linux. Half of it was just someone on the internet saying it was good, and the other half of was that it had what I was looking for.
I did look at other options, notably Kubuntu and Fedora. Both looked pretty good. I've had experience with the Ubuntu family, but it never stuck. Fedora was a compelling choice, and I did try it for a while, but the interface was just a little too different for me to hit the ground running.
Manjaro runs smooth. Even though it's a rolling release distribution, it's stable. The most important part is just that it's beginner-friendly.
The interface is similar to Windows 10. A plus for me since I actually like the composition. It's built with KDE as the window manager. I've read online that some people think it's bloated, but as a beginner, it's perfect. I don't have time to do "Unix Ricing." I've seen the custom desktops that people make, and they are cool, but I need to get work done.
Manjaro comes with plenty of preinstalled applications that are incredibly useful. Besides having most of the KDE ecosystem, there's also LibreOffice and Kate. I use both regularly and they're incredibly useful. Although, I have just recently started using VSCodium in tandem to Kate. One of my favorite applications as of late is Obsidian. I love it. It's completely changed my workflow and organization of ideas.
While working on Manjaro is smooth, my field of study requires MacOS. In the future, I'll have to buy a MacOS laptop. That's unfortunate, but not surprising. Switching to a Linux laptop has been cheaper, time efficient, and creatively stimulating. Regardless, when companies like Adobe don't put their software on Linux, it's admittedly hard to stay exclusively Linux. Not that I want spyware on my main machine anyway.
I'll probably do another post on my experiences with Linux in a year. If you're interested in changing your approach to technology, I recommended trying it out. If you're not interested, don't bother.
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