You Never Know?

Really?

Lemme tell ya why I don’t fully agree with Karmi’s fave quote, which goes like this …

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

Umm, errm, Karmi, who is dabbling with Linux since 1996, should have enough experience by now to know kinda exactly what awaits him when he installs a new distro onto one of his many PCs. Even little Orca, the ignorant housewife, knows exactly what she ‘ll get. And she’s in the Linuxverse only since 2013.

Come on, Karmi, there is only a handful of motherships in Linux, and a plethora of desktop environments. The possible variants are plentiful indeed, but more or less we should know what we’re getting already when reading the description on the DistroWatch site or the homepages of the specific distros.

A Debian … any Debian-based distro will look and feel more or less the same when it’s on the same desktop. If I use LMDE/Cinnamon or Sparky/Cinnamon – it’s more or less the fuggn same! Same goes for Arch- or Ubuntu-based distros. We only got to deal with the idiosyncrasies of the base distros, the desktop is what dictates the way we work and how good we feel when using any Linux distro. It’s nearly identical all over the board, from Mint to Fedora.

The grade of complications and geekyness or n00b-frenliness, well, we determine that by ourselves, don’t we? So nobody can really complain later. When I install a stock-standard Linux Mint I’ll have an eezi future ahead of me. I choose the same Cinnamon desktop but on a Arch-based distro, like Manjaro or EndeavourOS, my life will become gradually more complex/geeky.

In the end, boiz n grrlz, in the end it’s all just awesome GNU/Linux. Once you’re on Linux for more than, say, 3 months, you’ll have that figgered out by yourself. And at least one of the ~600 available distros will be right for you. And also you will know that ~580 won’t tickle your tastebuds, but what praliné to pick from the box of chocolates. 😉

Aaaaaaand here’s your bonus: In case you’re confuzzled and also too lazy to go on a wild goose hunt, a.k.a. distrohopping, just go here! Very solid choice you won’t regret.

Ok?

6 comments

  1. Still stalking humble me, huh. Or is it just Trolling humble me this time? 😉

    There are over 3,000 versions of a Linux OS, all of which can change daily or weekly or monthly, so yeah, you never what you’re going to get when using Linux. You are a perfect example – how many Linux OSes have you bragged about being your new primary OS over the past 3 1/2 years? Don’t try to lie…again!

    DistroWatch?!? snicker-snort-snicker! Their rankings are a joke, and they have already been caught cheating on them before…tho they blame their own readers for that.

    Linux is great as a secondary OS or specialty OS, but it is a horrid desktop OS…which is why there are less than 5-million worldwide desktop users. No one, besides you ‘n a few others, want to type up a document on their computer – and – then transfer it to a USB – and – then wait for their auto to be repaired again – and – finally get the repaired auto back – and – then carry that USB to a shop/store that can print out their document for them.

    Like I say: LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

    Like Linus Torvalds has said: “One of the problems Desktop Linux has is it’s not made for normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people.” (NOTE: A brief update to that, i.e. to now define ‘Technical people‘ as Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.)

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    • “Still stalking humble me, huh.”

      Yes, among dozens of other blogs I visit yours about fortnightly. <– dutiful blogger. And only today I found out what irked me in that saying.

      "There are over 3,000 versions of a Linux OS, all of which can change daily or weekly or monthly, so yeah, you never what you’re going to get when using Linux."

      Who would ever stoop so low to try out the 3,000th most beloved Linux distro? Not even the n00biest n00b would do that. And what do you mean they change daily, weekly or monthly. Not as long as it is installed on your hardware, it doesn't change. An update won't change your code base, neither your chosen DE. Maybe #3000 does it but no reputable distro would do that … ever! Except your beloved Ubuntu maybe. Shuttleworthn is such a wobbly character he switched his main Ubu from Gnome2 to Unity to Gnome3.

      Meanwhile sexy and talented housewives have switched to Mint where they enjoy the choice of Gnome2 (Mate) and Gnome3 (Cinnamon). However, to try out both distros, Ubu and Mint I don't even need to leave the top 10 realm. So, I know rather well what I get when I download any given Linux distro: Code base + Desktop Environment. And that's it. That's all anyone needs to care about when switching to Linux.

      "You are a perfect example"

      …of a very sexy and smart lady? Yes, I am, thank you. 😉

      " – how many Linux OSes have you bragged about being your new primary OS over the past 3 1/2 years?"

      My primaries have been Manjaro -> Namib -> Archman -> Endeavour and Manjaro again, in a steady succession. And all of them on Mate DE and all very basic Arch installs, plus Manjaro which is a bit more comfy. And I failed upwards. Left Namib after the single dev, Frederic, gave up, then changed to Archman which was good, of course, but the makers hardly able to communicate in English and the English part of the forum …tumbleweeds. Then Endeavour appeared on the scene and it was the greatest thing like ever! And now I'm lazy and went back to Manjaro.

      "Don’t try to lie…again!"

      Where did I ever lie, and about what?

      "DistroWatch?!? snicker-snort-snicker! Their rankings are a joke, and they have already been caught cheating on them before…tho they blame their own readers for that."

      Doesn't matter. I check there often, just to check what distro came out with a new version and what distro should I check for the blog. And their ranking I use to play fantasy football and root for some distros but not for others.

      "Linux is great as a secondary OS or specialty OS, but it is a horrid desktop OS…which is why there are less than 5-million worldwide desktop users."

      But those 5 mios are happy penguins. And enjoy super duper office, graphics, multimedia and all sorts of great softwares. For fuxn FREE!

      "No one, besides you ‘n a few others, want to type up a document on their computer – and – then transfer it to a USB – and – then wait for their auto to be repaired again – and – finally get the repaired auto back – and – then carry that USB to a shop/store that can print out their document for them."

      Has nothing to do with Linux. It's because I don't have a printer. Last time I needed one was also like 2 years ago. Nowadays I put the stick in my mech's PC and copy the text file to his desktop. So he has a to-do list. You jelly of my car, or wot?

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  2. Jelly‘ of than money-pit you call a Oubaas? Yeah, I always wanted to drive around at 60-70 mph in something that had a steering system that might stop working at any moment… 😉

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    • It’s a van! And an old one at that. I’d not feel cool or safe driving it any faster than 60 mph. And that is fast enough in any way, since a campervan is supposed to be a rolling bed with a pantry, not a race car. And what about the steering? It always worked as good as one can expect a non-power steering to work. Never showed any signs of failure. Only that now, with power steering put in and high profile tyres it’s so much betterer.
      And by the way, with the 3l V6 engine this old guy really pulls! I win every sprint off the traffic lights. So in urban traffic I really have kinda show mobile. =^.^=

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