Linux Evangelists

Oh you know the type, right? Always bragging about how much cooler and betterer Linux, and particularly their own favourite distro, is compared to your amateurish Windows or Apple crap. Yes, maybe you’ve met one or two of them, maybe even stumbled about a supposed Second Life blog that turned out to be nothing but a temple where you’re lured into the cult of praying to false OS gawds.

linuxevangelistsHm, maybe you even think your editrix is one of those asssholes. And that would be kinda right. I must admit I have those fukn missionary tendencies. Usually not. But when I’m falling for something – and I fell for Linux pretty hard – I feel the need to let the whole fukn world know about the new shiny I found and share it with everybody. And know what? I’m not even sorry. This is my fukn blog, nobody’s forced to read it, right?

Still sometimes I am kinda very ashamed to be part of the Linux “community”, and that is always when I stumble about a very very bad distro. A Linux distro that is not only totally redundant in its conception, it’s also badly done. So today’s Not-a-Review is about Tux Linux.

Let me quote from Tux Linux’s website:

Easy to Use Free Linux Operating System

Built on top of Ubuntu minimal with the lightweight & stable XFCE (xubuntu-desktop-minimal) as the main desktop environment.

Applications were chosen wisely to make the Operating System complete and keep low on system resources.
Great choice for desktop PC’s & Laptops

Oh, aha! Even the most n00bish n00bs among us have figured out by now “Hey, that’s exactly Xubuntu, and designed to do what Xubuntu does since eternities.” Well, I can’t say exactly, having never ever tried Xubuntu myself. Maybe the Tux Linux variant is even more sparse and lightweight, kinda Xubuntu ultralight or whatever. And then I also thought Xfce is at least a real desktop, not some LXQt or LSDE shit, so this might be good on OrcNet, my underpowered cheapo Acer netbook.

So I downloaded and installed it, which was a rather pleasant activity. Honestly, input by myself was kept to a minimum and the setup went fully automatic and quickly apart from choosing my language, name and password. Only thing I found a bit upsetting was how sloooow my machine reacted to my inputs. And we’re not talking about milliseconds of lag here but real seconds, multiple seconds up to minutes. 😮 My usual system, the “heavyweight” Namib ArchLinux derivative, a system that is much more adult, complete and complex, without turning into a speedboat, worx much more spunky.

Freshly installed TuxLinux greets us with a friendly, unassuming desktop. I like this approach, as it looks very light and speedy.

That was yesterday. So today I gave TuxLinux a second try, another chance to do good by me, and installed it on MiniMe, my slower but ultra robust Lenovo desktop computer. That thing ain’t a stupid Pentium but a real, albeit older, Intel Core i5, a 2 core 4 threads processor that usually installs and werkz with all kinds of Operating Sytems. Just two days ago I even had a Win7 running on it. Without any problems!

Firefox works as expected. What was unexpected was the amount of pre-installed software. TuxLinux is really a complete system that has everything one would need for everyday computing. No need to install more stuffz as long as you don’t need some super exotic shit …

But lo and behold, same shit with Tux Linux I had yesterday on the silly Acer netbook. This supposedly lightweight and easypeasy system made computing like wading thru a swamp of melasses. 😦

… like an SL viewer for example. :/ You see usually after download you just click on the file and it begins praying you thru the unpack process. Not so in Xfce/TuxLinux. 😦 I’m quite sure I could find out how to do it, but why? Remember we have multiple choices when it’s about picking our Linux distros. And most do it better.

Adding to that further inconveniences like totally illogical snapping of screenshots and the inability to unpack the Second Life viewer’s installation file and I was ready to give up. Sorry, Tux Linux might be a cool idea and would have some appeal if it would really be solving my problems, but the way it is, I can’t actually give it the Orca Seal of Approval. 😦 Maybe I should try the real Xubuntu or, maybe even better, Namib or Manjaro Xfce flavours. They should be even faster. And I would be in ArchLinux, my most comfortable environment. (Your mileage may vary.)

If you wanna hear/see what a more lucky reviewer thought about Tux Linux, watch this widdioh:

Family portrait of the unhappy Tux testers MiniMe and OrcNet. Guess I owe them an apology. :/ But see the screen on the far right? That is Mint 19.1 in action. It runs more or less around the clock, and flawlessly, ever since MiniMax is in repair.

Yes Trap, I know that’s a very durty keyboard. Shut up darling!

And this is my “good” Acer 24″ monitor on his way to hospital. Let’s hope it’s not the hospiz for him and his next ride won’t be in a garbage truck. 😮

And, yes again, I know this is more of a rolling construction site than an adorable van. Shut up y’all!!! This thing will be sooo fukn beautiful once it’s done, and you will be so jelly.



    • Just soap, hun. Water we have enuff right now. But you know that old Logitech membrane kb isn’t as easy to dismantle as my newer mechanical kbs. I’m afraid I’d break something if I tried to take it apart.


  1. It’s been a long time since I actually used “the real thing,” Xubuntu. Maybe 14.04 was the last time. But it was damned speedy on modest hardware. Efforts to make it “better,” like Tux or Linux Lite, just slow it down. Just for grinz and giggles, try the real thing once and write a review for us!

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