Rob, of the Linux Quest YT channel made a somehow belated video about Manjaro MATE 16.10.2. Well, better late than never, right? I like his vid particularly for the somehow fresh and ignorant look at MATE. Rob’s a KDE man, so of course he has problems accepting any other desktop environment, but at least he’s trying to stay fair. LOL.
Why I’m linking to this vid in particular was because I wanted to show you how different Rob’s desktop looks from, let’s say Orca’s. He also seems to have gotten rid of one panel but didn’t use the remaining one to place starters in it but he uses a Docky, the Mac style software starter. If you know how Orca despises all that showy shit, you know this isn’t for her. But you can see what is possible with Linux and the MATE desktop environment.
In fact, and I can’t stress this enough, despite its old old roots and looooooong heritage is MATE one of the most flexibe and tweakable desktops in the Linux world. Maybe it is because of its old Gnome2 heritage that it’s so tweakable right outta the box. You see, modern systems won’t allow you the freedom anymore. Everything must look the same nowadays, every decision you have to take is too complicated and stressful for you. If you are a millenial or younger you want everything streamlined and with touch technology like your fukn smartphone. And then you end up with shitty unfunctional desktops like Gnome 3.19, Budgie, and similar stuff.
Sorry, I tried all that stuff, even wrote about some of it in this here bloggy but I’m over that shit. I won’t review any of those poor “modern” distros and I can’t and won’t recommend them. If you want your Linux to look like Android than use Android. In Thar She Blows we care about the good old desktop and Linux on desktops. Because that’s what we use when we log into SL. Right?
You may think my frustration tolerance level is pretty low, and you might be right by assuming so. But for the 1000th time now: In Linux we’re spoiled brats because Linux raised us to be spoiled brats. So we don’t need to show any tolerance towards stuff we don’t like. Better solutions are just around the corner and ready, just waiting for your awesomeness.