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Your First Time
(08-10-2019, 09:44 PM)Cthulhu Wrote: When did you first install Linux and what distro was it?

The first I ever tried was some version of Zorin, which I only ever used via the live USB. I still remember the funny spinning start menu icon (I wonder what desktop that was...).

The first I seriously used was Ubuntu 16.04. I was one of the few people who seriously liked Unity.

(08-10-2019, 09:44 PM)Cthulhu Wrote: What were the hardware specs?

Back then I used to be a gamer, so I had a gaming latop by alienware. Surprisingly it worked rather well with Linux. Only WiFi wasn't completely stable. The really nice thing about that laptop was that it had two different sound cards: One for the integrated speakers and headphone jacks and one for the HDMI output. It also had the absolute best keyboard I ever witnessed on any laptop, even better than thinkpad keyboards (at least in my opinion). You could also easiely swap that laptops drive, so I never dual booted but instead simply kept the other drive as well as a screw driver in my backpack. I never really used proprietary graphics drivers, so the automatic switching between integrated and dedicated graphics worked perfectly.

(08-10-2019, 09:44 PM)Cthulhu Wrote: How different was it than installing today?

Back then I used the automatic installer of Ubuntu. Nowadays I use Parabola, where the installation is completely manual. Now I know what happens during installation, back then it was basically black magic to me.

The main thing that changed is that Linux after some time gets kinda boring. At first I was really excited whenever I learned something new, but at some point you realise that basically everything you can imagine is possible, given you have the knowledge. You know what I mean when you are the type of person who doesn't see the point of "distro reviews" or similar things. Desktop environments and preinstalled applications or themes just can not excite me any more.

I also switched from configuring applications to writing my own. I have written countless status fetchers, small utilities, a battery monitoring daemon as well as a window manager (which is somewhat incomplete). Currently I am writing a Wayland compositor which lets you manage and view windows like tabs in a web browser.

I also use less scripts now than back then. Most of my scripts used to contain only a single complex command, like 'xrandr'. Now I usually know how to use the commands and how to look up what I don't know, so I retired these scripts.
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Your First Time - by Cthulhu - 08-10-2019, 09:44 PM
RE: Your First Time - by leon.p - 08-10-2019, 10:53 PM
RE: Your First Time - by Eurus - 08-11-2019, 10:09 AM
RE: Your First Time - by TarsolyGer - 08-12-2019, 03:23 AM
RE: Your First Time - by rickromig - 08-12-2019, 03:26 PM
RE: Your First Time - by Butch Owens - 08-12-2019, 04:58 PM
RE: Your First Time - by spudnuts - 08-13-2019, 05:14 AM
RE: Your First Time - by cleverwise - 08-13-2019, 09:02 PM
RE: Your First Time - by Richard - 08-14-2019, 12:23 AM
RE: Your First Time - by deck_luck - 08-14-2019, 01:16 AM
RE: Your First Time - by Wolf - 08-31-2019, 09:56 PM
RE: Your First Time - by John Swisher - 09-05-2019, 04:35 AM
RE: Your First Time - by Cthulhu - 09-17-2019, 05:11 AM
RE: Your First Time - by bob777 - 09-24-2019, 06:59 AM

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