My Linux Journey

July 13th, 2017


First time I used Linux, was Ubuntu many years ago. Before Unity became the default desktop environment. Then I had a long break, before I started using it again on my laptop, because Windows 7 was getting far too slow. This was maybe half a year ago. This time it wasn’t Ubuntu, but rather Lubuntu (LXDE). It’s a lightweight alternative, based on Ubuntu. It wasn’t superfast but did the job.As I used that laptop (Lenovo R500) a fair amount, I started getting used to the OS. I had wanted to learn Linux for a long time, but was scared away by the amount of choice.


I got a new laptop (Lenovo E460) that was much faster. I wanted to keep using Linux, both to learn and because I wasn’t planning to play many games on it. I also dislike Windows 10, which I might have been forced to use due to driver compatibility.Went with Ubuntu. Prettier than Lubuntu, and with the Cinnamon desktop environment, it’s not that different from Windows. I used that for several months. Now I have come to the point where Linux isn’t alien to me. Ubuntu works, but I want more stability, as well as to just try another distro. Thus I went with Debian (XFCE). I first had it in a VM for a while, to get used to the differences. To be fair, the only differences seems to be stable vs newer software, and what software is pre-installed. The big unknown isn’t all that big, even if there is a ridiculous amount of distro’s overall. You learn what you like, what’s better for different uses and the terminal-stuff are largely the same.


Also got a Raspberry Pi 3 B some time ago, which I ran a web server and FTP server on, with Raspian (Debian, Jessie). I have however moved that to a web hotel, and am considering to use the RPI as a wireless network camera. Basically having it powered with a power bank and connected to Wi-Fi, then take lots of pictures (possibly video) and display it on a local website, or maybe some other way.


In the future, I want to have a Linux distro at the base of my desktop computer. As gaming isn’t top-notch there yet, I would use Windows in a VM with GPU passthrough. This would allow me to play games with very little to no performance impact. Wine is also an alternative, but it’s less of a certainty that things work. With the previously mentioned method, you set it up, and it’s good. Can apparently take a while to get it working though.


The point is, at first Linux can be this massive fucker there’s no digestible entry to. “I want to learn Linux.”, “Cool, what distro and desktop environment do you want to use?” That’s what scared me away for a long time, and probably many others. It seems harder than it is. And if you’re not good at taking things one step at the time, many issues can present themselves. My next project, aside from GPU passthrough, is to understand Linux Administration. Will make a post depending on how well it goes.