… and still happy as a clam. This fantabulous Arch Linux distro is running like a dream and without any glitches on my production machine (this very one here) and on my poor little netbook. /me knocks on wood in order not to anger the gods of fate.
Ok, why am I telling you this piece of mildly uninteresting information? Because I just noticed that I installed it first on OrcNet, my Acer netbook, on February 24, so exactly one month ago. The two Lenovos and my good selfbuilt machine followed suit in the same night, respectively next day. But that’s not the main reason for my bragging, not entirely. I dunno if you follow the comment section of this blog, because if you do you’ve surely noticed a little exchange I just had with Jackie Waters, following this blogpost:
in which I dismissed a rather well-known and super famous Linux distribution, namely Ubuntu, and treated it from my superior perspective and was like “I am soo much better, and my distro is soo much better and Ubuntu is caca.” As it so happened Jackie had just installed the unfortunate Ubuntu and is pretty happy with it and its apparent ease of use and stability. And she was obviously (rightfully?) a bit miffed with me, and didn’t just send 3 comments in a row but composed a post in her own blog:
I really liked her article – with some exceptions – and wanted to reblog it here but unfortunately was too stupid to find any way to do so. 😦 Maybe Jackie didn’t even activate the reblog function for her bloggo?
Anyway, what I gathered from Jackie’s reaction to my article was a bit of misunderstanding. Despite her being at least 10 times as geeky as me, I guess she’s pretty new to Linuxy things and so far has only experienced Ubuntu and Ubuntu-fork Mint’s goodness, while I admittedly never ever had a real vanilla Ubuntu on any of my computers. Hard to believe, I know. Ubuntu is for most ppl synonym with Linux, many don’t even know that there are a gazillion more distributions available.
Anyhoo, I started my Linux career not by just accepting that Ubuntu is the bees knees but found out – after doing research for 5 minutes – that Mint is like a super Ubuntu on steroids and with added fairy dust n stuff. So I started there immediately, without making the detour via Ubuntu. And after a very very short while I was pushed directly into geek territory when my Linux guruine told me how bad Ubuntu and its politics were and how clunky and complicated it really is, and forced me onto Manjaro. And it was, after initial confusion and losing my religion, like she had taken off the blinders from my eyes! I was reborn. Entered a new stage of universal awareness and felt – and still feeling – like a sentient being, part of a super elite! 🙂 And last month I even found my new fave distro, Namib GNU/Linux, all by myself. \o/ I’m so awesome! \o/ LØL
Maybe this becomes obvious in some of my Linuxy writeups and my contempt for most Linux distros from non-Arch families. Sorry for that. As Orcablog readers everybody should already know that I AM NOT A GEEK! That I’m mostly a bumbling idiot. I was just pushed to the right Linux distribution for me. Not my fault that Arch is so much better than all the other crappola. 🙂 Hehe!
Buuuuut anyways: What I guess where Jackie didn’t quite understood, my intention wasn’t the “prefer to use the hardest to use Linux distros” part. For the umpteenth time now: I’m not a geek! I’m not happy when I can make my life more complicated and hard. Quite the contrary, as a lazy hippie I’m always going for the easiest way, and I see Linux as an easy and politically correct Operating System, not as a hobby and an oracle whose secrets I gotta explore. But I’m also not a coward and don’t mind going for broke when choosing my OS. And I’m not adverse to read a couple articles on the internet to find out which solution would fit me and my workflow best. And still here I am, on a supposedly super geeky and unfriendly system (that turned out to be very friendly and actually quite easy to use) and not on an allegedly easy to use, n00b friendly distro that actually likes to throw sticks between my legs.
So, how does this involve you, dear reader, and why ain’t it a thing between just Jackie and me? Because I want you to be clever! Because I want you to be wise and make wise decisions. Because I don’t want you to blindly follow the herd!
Because I want you to read and learn as much about Linux as possible before you jump onto any bandwagon. Neither Jackie’s nor mine, not Trap’s or any other people you know as Linux users. For all bandwagons are shit. Find your own path you must!
Every person is different. Ergo is every Linux user different as well. Maybe you are a tinkerer and desperately looking for fights with “uninstallable” Linux distributions, maybe you’re a slacker like Orcs but just don’t have a wise guru, maybe you want your Linux to resemble your Windows or MacOS, maybe you’re your own person and have totally different reasons to try Linux. Being angry at Microsoft is as good a reason as anything else to pick up Linux.
I don’t have a solution for you. Neither does Jackie. And neither do any of the wise YouTubers. Everybody knows which system is the best. Unfortunately most of us do tend to forget that what’s the best for us can be total crap for you.
Now you’re waiting for a kinda solution, for my recommendation? Okay, despite me telling you just a minute ago that I don’t have a solution for you I would start with Linux Mint. So, basta! I don’t care that it’s a lame ass Ubuntu fork. It’s super! Easy to use and you’ll find lots of of support. Cool thing. It’s my only recommendation now, as I’ve shrunk my list down to one item, and one only. 🙂 But that’s only my opinion.
Just do me a favour and don’t ever become a fanboi/gurl but stay open to influences, never stop learning, stay tolerant and curious. Even if you think you might have just found the bestest Linux in the universe, there might be something better, an even holier grail, just around the corner (as it just happened with me, when I found Namib was so cool I could switch over from Manjaro … after 6 years of being a hardcore Manjaro fangurl!). It’s no problem to use Mint for the rest of your life either, it’s good enough for many old geeks as well as for new users. But if you branch out and read up on what’s going on in the Linux world, you maybe don’t want to get old on Mint but change to a whole different family of Linux distros.
Don’t forget a war between Linuxers is pointless. It’s not a quasi religious clash of the worlds as we see it happening every so often between Windows and Mac apologets. We’re Xers, we’re better than that!
Or at least we should be. =^.^=