I’ve been having some Linux issues for the last few weeks. I’m a noob, I’ll readily admit that when it comes to Linux. I used it for a while many years ago, but for the most part, I’ve been a Mac and Windows guy. But I love the idea of Linux.
This past week, I’ve tried two new distributions of Linux. The first was Kubuntu. I LOVE KDE. The customizability is a dream for someone like me who has ADHD and loves to change things willy nilly. But, it’s also really, really buggy. It’s just not stable. Icons disappear all the time, the “themes” are inconsistent in what they include at best and broken at worst, and it doesn’t treat dual boots very well (somehow it messes with the system time so that Windows will always have the wrong time, even if Kubuntu is correct).
After getting rid of Kubuntu on my main PC, I installed Solus. I mistakenly deleted my Windows partition so I decided that I would give it a try as my main OS and see if I could make Linux work as my daily driver for the long term.
Here is my experience.
The app question is likely the most daunting question people ask themselves when considering a switch to a new operating system.
I was fairly surprised at how many good alternatives there are on Linux for my Windows apps. Tomahawk saw me set on Music (allowing me to not only play my locally stored files but Spotify as well), Thunderbird is great for email and calendar; Google Chrome is everywhere allowing me to no only get my synced bookmarks and such, but use Google’s web apps as well (Tweetdeck is my fav); LibreOffice worked fairly well, and for what I couldn’t do there, I could use Google Docs for; and Dolphin is a great file manager.
The only problems I had was the Adobe Creative Cloud (as GIMP is just not as good, and there doesn’t seem to be a modern styled and functional audio editor like Audition available), and ToDoist, which is my favorite to-do manager.
The design on Linux leaves something to be desired, however. Thunderbird, while amazingly functional, is pretty ugly. Chrome looks the same everywhere, which is good, but I found LibreOffice lacking in the looks department. Don’t get me started on Audacity, which looks like it was designed for Windows 95.
Stability of Solus
For the first 10 hours I used Solus, I was a happy man. I had just come from Kubuntu and had found it lacking in the stability department, so I was pleasantly surprised when Solus turned out to be the most stable Linux distro I’ve tried in the last few months.
At first, anyway.
12 hours into my Solus experiment (where I went sans-Windows 10 completely) my system went to shit. I could use it for a few minutes before it froze completely. It did this over and over again, and the only way to get out of it (that I found at least), was to forcibly reset my computer with the physical power button.
Now, I’m not going to pass judgment on Solus. I don’t think that the distro had anything to do with my computer deciding to give up the ghost. I think it was me. I like to change things, and install new apps.
Just before my problems started, I installed an app that would allow me to connect to Google Drive. I think that it was that app that ruined Solus for me, and foreced me to go back to Windows the next day.
Without that, I think Solus would be my distro of choice. It’s just as customizable as KDE driven Kubuntu, but it’s more polished, and seemed less buggy.
When I try it again, I’ll just have to be wary of third-party software that isn’t well-tested on older systems.
Note: The images in this post are from Google Images and other sites. My system crashed before I could get real screen captures.