Orca: Ohayo Kidz!
Blog Readers (all 3 or 4 of them): Hai Orcsi, wassup?
O: Do I have a wonderful blog story for you today …
BR: Oh, what is it, pray?
O: A surprise story you will love.
BR: Shut up bish … and tell us what the fuck it is!
O: Well, I thought, why not, just to change things up … why not reviewing another Linux distro and …
BR: *groan 😦
O: I do sense some negativity here. But, hey, you dunno what kind of Linux it is today …
BR: Fuck the Shut up!
O: But … butbut, I don’t have any other stuff prepared for you today. 😦
BR mumble a bit among themselves and finally: Okayyyy. Just because you asked so nicely. But make it short, ya?
O: Okay! 🙂 Here we go …
Antergos 19.1: A Super Distro With Some Huge Problems!
I never really liked Antergos, always regarded it as the mighty Manjaro’s weaker and fuglier little Bro/Sis. Where Manjaro devs did their best to make ArchLinux as n00b-friendly as possible, the Antergos crowd stayed decidedly more geeky and made their product not as accessible but left it on a more geeky platform, much closer to upstream Arch.
Looking back and from a nowdays perspective I can see the advantages of such an attempt. I’m as close to Arch on my beloved Namib GNU/Linux as well and love it so far. But as a n00bie both distros would have killed me. Got it? Downright killed me! So we and I should forever be grateful to PhilM and his Manjaro gang for their beginners’ friendly approach.
Unfortunately they and their fanclub in the Manjaro forums are also quite a nasty bunch and don’t treat all the desktop flavours with the same kind of respect. And the new users with even less. Their most prominent victim being Mate desktop Environment, which is, as y’all well know, your editrix’s favourite flavour but criminally neglected by the devs and the community. This was the reason why I left Manjaro and went with Namib in the first place. My heart beats like a n00b heart. A decision I didn’t regret yet.
So when I heard Antergos just released the latest snapshot 19.1 and it’s supposed to be goodygood, I didn’t hesitate but downloaded the ISO file and installed it on MiniMe … or shall we say I tried to install it … but failed. 😦 That was 4 days ago and I found out two things:
- The Antergos forum members are nicer and more helpful than the Manjaro crowd.
- The Antergos devs are a buncha slow-pokes. Because even 4 days later there is no sign of relieve. I wouldn’t wonder if they scrap the Mate desktop if they can’t find a solution soon.
And since I’m a rather nervous little squirrel I decided to install the other super easy desktop, the nice and modern Cinnamon. Apart from the installation process, which is a bit more complex than that of Manjaro and Namib … and takes forfuknever! It all went great and once the install was done I was looking at this:
The first encounter with the new Antergos/Cinnamon version was … not disapponting but a little bit sobering. Do I really scramble through the extended menu system before I can even get the desktop to a functional state? Fortunately this ain’t my first rodeo and so I am up and running in 10 minutes or so. But was this stick between the user’s leg really necessary? What I also noticed was a serious lack of pre-installed softwares. As most advanced users might welcome this decision to keep the base system nice and tidy, for new users this can mean another reason to turn their backs on Linux at large, and to never return. 😦
To be honest I’m a bit miffed at this point and seriously ponder deleting the whole system, formatting the PC and try it again … but with Xfce instead of the fashion whore Cinnamon. Let’s not forget Xfce is the DE of choice for the absolutely n00b-focused LinuxLite distro. Otoh why bother? It’s all running rather nicely on my oldest and slowest pice of computational crapola. I bet with a bit more thoughtwork and careful customization I could make this a very pretty and useful system again. Much better than everything I could ever achieve with Windows. 🙂
It’s gotta be said, Cin has become a lot better recently. It’s still a resource hog, which I guess is system inherent in its evil Gnome3 genes, but it’s running quite spunky now. So if you’re looking for something baby easy for your 80+ relatives. Any distro with the Cinnamon desktop comes highly recommended. I guarantee you’ll receive far less help calls than ever before.
Ok, errr *cough, I made this poster like 4 days ago, when I was still looking forward to the new hotness that is this latest version of Antergos Linux. And hey, it’s not bad … fuk it’s one of the bestest Linux distros on the planet! I only wished they’d make it a bit easier for blind n00bs. I can tell you quite honestly, had my gurujin set me up not with Manjaro but with Antergos, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I’d most probably potter around on Win 7, 8, 10, more or less unhappy about that shite but with a better blog, choc full with Second Life stories, and no stupid Linux shit.
But do we really want that?