Battle of the Giants!

Gud moarning frenly peepelz,

just found 2 vide-ohs about 2 of the Top 3 Linux distros on DistroWatch right now:

Let’s see how Joe Collins fared on the totally new Linux Mint 20:

Hmmm, Joe didn’t get it to run. WTF? Our frenly cuddly feelgood mintiest of all the Linuxes? Not running on the expert’s hardware? I remember housewife Orca got it installed without any problems. But I install, like really install, on the metal, and don’t try any geeky Virtual Machines trickery. So of course it runs. Linux is often better if you’re not a geek!

And then Tom has a look at the absolute numero uno, MX-19.2

… and shows himself thoroughly impressed by it. But again for personal reasons, as MX manages to drive Tom’s admittedly weird printer and some other stuff his usual favourite Mint doesn’t do.

As you know I’m not a fan of either of the two distros, again for my own reasons. I can fully understand why they are so high up in the DW charts, and if some a majority of my readers fall madly in love with one or both of them. All I can recommend for you is to try them out, they are both very good, very complete systems and well worth a short test-drive around the block before you follow Orca on her Arch for beginners path. 🙂

Battle of the Giants!

And that is actually my overall recommendation for everybody new to Limux: The shit is free to install and use, so make use of it! Download and install as many distros as you can get your hands on! It’ll cost you one A.M. of your not-so-valuable lockdown time, and afterwards you’ll at least have become an expert installer of Linux distros. That is something, no?

So, try at least one Ubuntu (Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint, Linux Lite, elementary …), one Debian (MX, Sparky, LMDE …) and some Archy distros (Manjaro, Endeavour, ArcoLinux, Archman …) and whatever sounds fancy for you. Find all the yummy and less yummy distros, the good, the bad, and the fugly, on DistroWatch.

And try them on as many desktop environments as possible. I can’t stress this point enough: Unless you’re a true power user, a keyboard wizard, you want some comfortable Graphical User Interface to work in with mouse, trackpad, touchscreen and keyboard, and nicely, presented windows where you can find everything you need. And since Linux is not Windows you’ll find enough desktop environments with various forms of customization options or a very narrow-minded take-it-or-leave-it approach as we know it from Win and Mac.

And pleez let me know how it goes for you.



  1. What goes for me is what does email and a letter printed to PDF, nothing more. Often, no internet and then on good days a few BITS per second.

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          • It is a new interest, after having lived for a decade where every damn flat has a cat and the nearby TMNP sees some 200,000 bits of wildlife killed by these purry felines.

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            • I have EBird and Merlin apps on my celphone. Very cool way to note, list, and identify our feathery friends. (Developped by Cornell University it helps track bird populations world wide. Kind of cool to bird watch and know that your identifications count) .
              My cat does a good job hunting around the property. She catches small criters daily. I found a frog with a leg missing the other day.
              What is the TMNP?

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  2. Thank you Orca! I really liked this one.
    Firstly; Joe Collins is my man! His videos with his cool calm southern American accent were key to me learning about Linux and the terminal. He is the only one who’s videos I could watch all the way through and then again!
    Thanks to him I try and use the terminal as much as possible. I like the fact that he is a true pro and excellent teacher. His voice is really great and he manages to keep my attention. A true blessing , I am so grateful for his work. He makes me realize again that there are some truly outstanding people on this planet offering their knowledge and time for free.
    Now for Mint 20: If Joe says, “No”, then I won’t go!
    Secondly, as a Mint 19 Tricia user my first ever Linux distro; I automatically had the update notification for 20. The reason I switched to Linux is because it works well, way better than Windows on my old laptop . When I read the update notification it began talking about 1-2G min. RAM and much more hard drive memory than I physically have. I installed Linux because I wanted to try and keep using an older machine knowing that a light operating system would be the key.
    As I read some of the notes on the release, I realized there was not much than seemed to interest me or greatly change from what I already have with Tricia 19.3. It also seems complicated with the install for a newbie like me and I definitely do not want to screw up and then lose everything I’ve done on my year old Linux system.
    It felt like Microsoft Windows all over telling me that I’d have to eventually update. I must admit, it is the first time that I have had a bad vibe for my Minty. Had I not read through the notes and simply began doing the update I may have been screwed blued and tattooed. An omen for the future.
    For me the 19.3 is working great so why risk. I will need a way better CPU with super specs and RAM to eventually install Mint 20. My older machine will no longer be able to run Mint. I still have a few years left support for 19.3 but I admit, I think for this old laptop she may have to find some new hunky Linux OS to run her processors. I may have to go distro hopping. I guess my love affair with Mint is coming to an end. She broke my heart.

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    • “For me the 19.3 is working great so why risk.”

      Exactly gsas, exactly. 19.3 is supported until April 2023, so you still have some good times to go with it. But honestly, if 1 – 2 GB RAM and the needed hard drive space for a humble Linux install are already stretching it for you … come on, get a new (used) computer!

      My typical recommendation still applies: Lenovo, Dell or HP desk- and laptops from some outlet center are the best choice. Professional no bullshit machines, freshly out of leasing contracts, refurbished, with fresh copies of Windows already installed, and with warrantee. Ready to go for not much money. If you can’t find a store near you, you’ll find them on Ebay or Gumtree or Craigslist or what have you.

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      • “Joe Collins is my man!”
        He’s a former radio DJ and still does it as a sidegig. It becomes evident in his YT stuff. That’s why he so often makes videos about audio equipment. Did you know he recently left Mint and went back to Ubuntu? Well, anyhoo, I’m beyond that since, like, forever. As an Archie I only have a mild smile for all that *buntu stuff. =^.^=

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