Hi,

So…, it’s a feedback time after one year.

So, one year has completed, and it has been an interesting journey. A journey full of learning and executing. During this one year I came across a beautiful blog named “Why nerds use Linux”, click here to read it. This one year on Linux has taught me how a system works, particularly the hardware and software collaboration.

In my previous blogs I wrote the many ways to install softwares in Linux, I came across this blog which explains some more ways to install softwares refer to blog on Linux Mint Community, Click here…,. As per my experience, it is necessary to learn how to install “tar.bz, tar.gz, etc. files” which are also called as tar balls. Learning to install software through tar balls gives you more options to install more offline softwares which are not available in software manager.

I also learned the power of 64bit computing and it is incredible. I suggest people who are having minimum 2GB RAM, minimum Core 2 Duo processors and 40GB hard disk space may install 64 bit operating system for better speed. The co-ordination of hardware (RAM,Processor and hard drive) and software can be seen here. You may face some issues in selection of softwares for 64 bit OS, but there are many alternatives available. As I said earlier, there are many ways of doing a single task in Linux.

I still love the Mate desktop environment (but Cinnamon has all the features of what Linux Mint wants to give to its users), and I use 64 bit of Linux Mint now. I love Linux Mint for its sustainability and software availability. But there are many more options available, few of the best Linux Distros mentioned below other than Linux Mint :

  • MX Linux : is ranked highest in the Distro watch and is one of the fastest due to its XFCE desktop environment. XFCE desktop environment uses very less RAM. Click here to go to Site…
  • Elementary OS : if you want to give a look of MAC OS to your system. Click here to go to site…
  • Deepin Linux : is the most beautiful Linux and it needs more RAM and system resources. Click here to go to site…
  • UbuntuDDE : recently Deepin desktop environment has collaborated with Ubuntu OS to give rise to UbuntuDDE, which is just like the combination of Beauty and the Bold. Click here to go to site…
  • LinuxFX : looks just like Windows 10 and many more. Click here to go to site…

Linux really doesn’t has an end. You keep on exploring and learning and new things will emerge. You are never satisfied to experience a new world in Linux.

During this time frame, I was always like, “Oh my god, Linux can do this!!!!!, Oh my god, Linux can do that!!!!”, which I rarely found in Windows. Windows is like getting the job done some how, but Linux is like you are making your own system as per your wish, and as far as I have known till now, that there are no limits to wishes. Linux uses window managers to customise user interface. Some best window managers are, Click here…

I came across this video from Linux Foundation, to share it with you, which says “How Linux is Built” Click here to watch the video…

One thing that is still I am facing issue with is printing photographs. Yes, Linux is bit weak on the printing side, but the CUPS utility is amazing which can install any printer on your computer. It does not has as much as printer driver supports as Windows has. May be because all those printer companies makes printer drivers keeping Windows in mind. While I was using Windows I used to use a Software named Photoscape for printing photos, which I found one of the most convenient way of printing photos, but when I moved on to Linux, after searching a lot I discovered a software named, “Photoprint” which was almost as same as Photoscape on the printing side. Tough in the image modification side I had to use GIMP. But Photoscape is all in one for common tasks. I would request photoscape company to issue there software for Linux as well.

Author : Debashish Ray, Jalpaiguri, W.B., Bharat