You’re new to Linux!? Here, let me help you improve your overall experience(s):
su - > enters root password apt-get install xfce4 reboot now
If you’re new to Linux, that’s like the number 1 command you need to know. Oh what the hey, whilst you’re at it, go ahead and run:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 shred -n 5 -vz /dev/sdb
Okay, so perhaps do not do that last one. I’m just being a total idiot (as per the norm?).
Why do you use Ubuntu?
So a few people who I talk to on blogs and whatnot ask me why I use Ubuntu as my main PC (excluding gaming, that’s Windows 10) and not Windows. Like I said, Ubuntu is the Windows 7 of 10. Why, you ask?
I am going on a tangent, of good and bad, contradictions and hipocracy here, but stick to it, it makes sense in the end(?).
- It’s not the most bleeding edge, but it’s maintained; I like stable over new features.
- It’s not the most supported, but has enough to get by; Seems to have all my drivers.
- It’s not the most efficient resource user, but we can run it and; Xfce!
- It’s not made by the best company, but it’s not OSX; Apple’s Unix sucks!
Ubuntu, for me, is the “safe Linux” distribution to throw onto a computer, although I’ve not always had success with older builds. 16.04LTS through to 17.04 I know will have WiFi support, and a graphics driver for my nVidia card.
I trade out on features that I’d like for stability, and that’s I am okay wit this. Is it my preferrential distribution? No – in no shape or form does Ubuntu do anything so extraordinary for me to say that I’d recommend it. It’s not bad, there’s just…better.
For me, the most deterring points to Ubuntu are:
- GNOME is old fashioned and weighs the system down; Unity FTW!
- Amazon search should never be a thing; Thank God it’s off (or is it?) and;
- Canonical do some pretty silly things – they’re like the Apple of the Linux world.
So why do I still use this distributions if I am so negative about it?
Oh boy, another tangent
Windows 7 (We’re skipping Vista because it’s just the blueprint for 7) was “trash” when XP was in “prime” form, even though it added all these new features, new support for hardware, and was sported to be faster than XP. Windows 7 was slowly adopted (whilst being heavily criticised) in both the home user and business user areas.
Windows 8, the same deal happened and Windows 10, the same deal happened. This doesn’t really directly relate to Ubuntu, but it seems as humans we (and I am) are a little reluctant to change, and only make the jump when we know it’s safe. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it comes to mind. That applies to why I default to Ubuntu; the current build works for me, and others do not.
However I would like to point out I’ve given up on Windows. I no longer wish to use that operating system for anything, and as soon as all my steam games are ported to Windows, there will not be a single PC in my house that runs that putrid operating system.
So you’ve stated why you prefer Linux but not Ubuntu.
Back to the point. The reason I selected Ubuntu was, even though it is not the best tool out there, it’s a reliable tool that I’ve used in the past (short of 16.04LTS and this statment is a lie), and can rely on (more or less). It’s a tool I can rely on to boot to, and from there, I can do whatever I wish to do to it, at my disposal. Of course, there are a number of other distributions I’d much prefer to use, but they all have issues on my PC (at present).
Would you answer the question instead of babbling on about things we care naught for!?
Ubuntu is the base. There is nothing special about Ubuntu apart from their PPA’s and their apt-get management. I can skin it how I wish, install applications at my leisure, and edit GRUB if I wanted.
I use Ubuntu as a solid foundation to meet my requirements, and then alter the settings to accomodate my wishes. I ditch Unity and GNOME for the much prettier, lighter Xfce Desktop Environment (which, I strongly recommend), set XTerm as my default terminal and live a happy life of blazing fast boot times, and 100% CPU utilization my Amazon Search feeding all my data to Canonical even though I disabled that setting.
(No seriously my CPU is capped at 100% right now).
Leaving Windows, and want to try Linux?
If you want to make the jump, here are 5 distrobutions I would recommend over Ubuntu: