This is a self response to a post I wrote a few years ago. The old post it’s a funny read for these times.
1.The user interface
After a few years of use I went 100% Gnome. The cool sharp look interface made me forget all about the old WINDOWS desktop. I love it so much I didn’t even try the latest Win OS. They all look alike to me now.
2.Seamlessly integrated drivers / Old title: The lack of drivers
You just install any Ubuntu or Fedora distribution and all it’s there. Even the proprietary drives have a little icon that pops up in a corner and you can install them with a few clicks. ( nvidia driver, you know I’m right )
3.Great applications / Old title: Lack of great applications.
Now most of the linux apps are working both on KDE and GNOME with no problem and every niche has it’s own powerful app. You will find apps for mp3 editing, video editing, vectorial graphic, email, download, you name it. Very easy to find the best one and install it.
4. Social media and the cloud / Old title: Lack of a great Messenger Application.
Most of the people out there use Facebook now. To connect to Yahoo in Linux it’s as easy as opening your email account. It’s all in the cloud baby. If you really need it: Pidgin is here to stay. Great for any messenger service.
5. Games? What are you a kid? / Old title: Lack of great Games
Ok, games are still playable just on Windows, but the trend is changing: if you want to play you have: Kinect, Wii, Playstation, Xbox, Angry Birds on Iphone and Chrome browser and so on. You use Linux for internet, multimedia and work, not to play 24 hours.
Humble Indie Bundle actually made a huge step in bringing games to linux. I almost played for a week not the number 3 bundle and hate the fact that I missed the first one ( just visit the page and you will understand what I’m talking about).
Have you installed the latest UBUNTU version? They will even install the mp3 codec if you select the option on installation screen. Any who , very easy to install mp3 support after some googleing.
7.The way fonts are render
Perfect rendering and a great desktop. There are some problem with desktop Java apps but that’s not very common.
OMG. I love the TERMINAL. You have the power at your finger tips: grep, sed, head, cd , ssh and so on. Just imagine what you want and you can link a bunch of apps together to do your biding.
9.Great free software for all your needs / Old title: To many bad alternatives.
Every app category like I said has it’s own king with a crown. There are so many great, functional and user friendly apps there your only problem is to know it’s name.
10. Old title: Emulation is not perfect yet / New title: And will never be
Wine? Just forget it. You have everything you need. And if you really miss xp or windows 7 just install virtualbox and start your virtual OS of your liking.
Fedora, Ubuntu or Puppy are just some of the Linux Distribution out there. Give them a spin and you will never regret it.
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