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~impulse

So, Linux.

I've grown up on Windows, but seeing how buggy it can be, and how powerful and easily adaptable Linux is, I decided to start using it.

I bought a new SSD that's like, half a terabyte? It had around medium level specs, with a medium level price, it was good enough and cheap enough for me.

After buying the right wires as well, I hooked it up, and was ready to install Linux on this bad boy. But what version to chose...?

I elected to go with Ubuntu, as it was the most "mainstream" Linux distro, and the easiest for a newbie like me to learn. But I didn't go with regular Ubuntu, I went with Kubuntu, as I don't like GNOME much, and KDE is much better for a post-Windows user to get accustomed to, it feels a lot nicer.

Now that I've got Kubuntu on the drive, it's time to get sta- oh no everything's broken.

I ping JackMacWindows (we'll call em "Jack") on Discord, a friend, or at least an acquaintance, of mine. I explain the situation and after several hours of going through console command after console command, driver after driver, I manage to get working, open-source drivers for my Syslink wifi dongle, and get the proper Nvidia drivers so my multi-monitor setup will actually work.

I can safely say I semi-know my way around a Linux terminal now.

The funny part is though, I'm kind of going all in. I've started reading kxcd a lot more, which is known for being a very nerdy webcomic, and is stereotypically read by Linux users. And I'm actually enjoying it a lot, it's an interesting one!

It's not only that though, I've also elected to only use the browser version of Discord, specifically because the app form is built on electron, and is a lot slower and more RAM-hungry. I literally just made the bloat argument.

Luckily, I've not used Vim yet, I haven't gone that deep, not yet.

Edit: Do people call out edits here? Anyway, forgot to mention, I set up GRUB too, we got a dualboot setup, Linux and Windows.


tetris

Wait. In our past conversations I've heard you're familiar with Lua, C, tmux and screen. These aren't exclusively Linux things, but I assumed you came from that side. You mean.... you're from the *shudder* other side?

Nah jokes. I still believe that WinXP was a flawless OS and nothing MS has produced has topped it since. Also I keep a Win10 around for on/off gaming.

Anyways since you're now on Team Good, I recommend installing system-wide ad-blockers whilst you have that new liberty:

git clone git@github.com:StevenBlack/hosts.git
cd hosts
python ./updateHostsFile.py
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impulse

Unfortunately, it seems it doesn't want to work.

The authenticity of host 'github.com (140.82.114.3)' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:p2QAMXNIC1TJYWeIOttrVc98/R1BUFWu3/LiyKgUfQM.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])? yes
Warning: Permanently added 'github.com,140.82.114.3' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
git@github.com: Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.
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tetris

oh whoops try `https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts.git` instead

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impulse

Yeah, I am from the other side, admittedly. I grew up on Windows, but I feel as if it's the time to move on.

I'll be sure to use the adblocker, thanks for sharing it!

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contrarian

>WinXP was a flawless OS

That's being very generous.

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tetris

It was close to perfect as a windows OS as I've seen. It didn't get in the way and ran on a handful of processes.

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owleyarc

Learning by fixing WiFi and Nvidia drivers, that's the quintessential Linux experience I remember from my middle school days.

Vim? Pfft, nano should be enough text editor for anybody!

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impulse

I elected to download VSCode, heh.

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nsilvestri

Well, if you're going to use an Electron app, might as well download Discord too.

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impulse

WHAT

Oh COME ON

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owleyarc

XD

Though yeah, I find at least, for the corporate development work I need to do, VS Code is just to nice to pass up, even if something command line might be more "efficient".

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impulse

Agreed, it is incredibly customizable and is surprisingly fast.

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nsilvestri

The flip side of this coin is that perhaps Electron isn't so bad ;)

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impulse

This was your plan all along, wasn't it?

But in all seriousness, you do have a point. It's just specifically the Discord app that sucks. It, specifically, is clunky.

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xiu

Stayed for the Linux, replied for the Discord. I’m browser-first too. Only use the app for the rare voice chat while gaming. I wish they’d release a CLI/TUI interface or allow third-party clients again. Feels a bit rude and evil that they don’t.

Vim is rather good btw. Go on, have a try…

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impulse

They used to allow third-party clients? That's kind of surprising actually, I would have loved to see a time like that, making clients for modern things on older/more restricted hardware is one of my favorite things to do.

Also, not just yet. I have to prepare before even touching Vim again...

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skedaddle3644

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux, you will love it.

Just wait until you get bored with KDE, and try some real power, tiling window managers. That's a blast. Xmonad for the win!

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impulse

Think I've seen that one around actually, it's a neat one!

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