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1 Year Linux Challenge

don’t I know :slight_smile:
and using Wine is not an option as most tools simply not work with Wine properly.

From my experience Fedora is horrible. Manjaro Linux (Nice as hell), ArchLinux (Awesome too) and then you have Debian (Decent Nooby Dist).

I gave you three good choices there and if you need some help with terminal commands then you just download a nice cheat sheet and you’re good to go.

and github is you’re friend for fixes.

Also don’t focus on GUI on stuff just use the terminal and a good one atleast according to me is guake.

Does it still count if I have been using Linux for over a year? I started out using Ubuntu, moved to Arch, then Gentoo, Fedora for about half a year, and now I’m on OpenSuse tumbleweed, and I think I will stay here for the foreseeable future.


Yep. And good choices by the way.

My only problem so far with OpenSUSE is that YAST doesn’t work in Wayland without running

xhost +SI:localuser:root

It works fine after that, but it’s just slightly inconvenient. I do love the fact that YAST has an SMB GUI.

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Maybe post your problem in The small linux problem thread

I wouldn’t have thought to put it there, I already have a solution, but then again, if anyone else has this problem, it would be of help to them, thanks for the idea @Goalkeeper.

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While it’s not exactly a primary rig, I’ve decided to invest in a modern laptop since NewEgg had a sale on the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA, and my every intention was to wipe the SSD clean and install linux.

Considering it’s easier for me to do this with a laptop than a desktop due to my needs (Windows 8.1 being the latest version of Windows I’m willing to use), I can essentially learn anywhere I want with the laptop on hand.

So I’ve chosen Fedora 27, and this isn’t my first adventure with linux, but I am by no means an expert. I’ve used Ubuntu in the past and many times had opted for OpenSuse, and some slight experience in Debian.

So far I’m very well pleased with how well things work out of the box, other than having to do some tweaks to get the volume control to work on the ZenBook.

Desktop environments, I’ve usually really like KDE, but I’ve been starting to really favor Gnome a lot these days. (Funny though, considering many years ago I didn’t care for it, and here I am practically loving it.).

Though my next choice of DE would be XFCE, because I could customize it and make my system identical to Windows 3.1 GUI. Which honestly is the OS I grew up on, and I still love the appearance.

Another one that I would love to use, because I’m really into retro computers and operating systems, is the MaXX Interactive Desktop, which is based on the old IRIX unix operating system back in the day when SGI was really big into the workstation industry. Screenshot here:

Though it doesn’t seem ready for primary use, but I can’t help but love it still.

In the end though, I’m really wanting to at least push onward and use this machine for linux for a long time. :slight_smile:

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I think openbox, motif, fluxbox, or JWM would be able to that as well. Motif looks almost exactly what you want.

Also, congrats on making the switch back. And I hope you do use linux for a long time.

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Wait, a samba gui?

I agree with everything you said,
My favorite about Debian is the net installer (or any distro with a net installer) where i can pretty much install anything that i want from the installer like gnome to kde, and 6 other desktops. You can just run the terminal, but for me I just simply use i3wm and XFCE.

I am happy. and it uses nothing, its one of my favorites and I can never leave Linux because of the choices that i can have.

Hi All,

This is more of a hello post more than anything. First time posting on the Level1Techs forum - first time posting on a non-gaming forum actually in… not sure how many years :stuck_out_tongue:

Been watching L1T for a while now. Love the weekly news show. Appreciate all the helpful, yet somehow still kind and down-to-earth videos. Sorry for the rambling excessive gushing (/ω\)

Anyway, Windows is what brought me here. Today, Win10 finally tricked me into accepting the update it’s been bugging me about for the last few months (not sure if I was just tired after work or what, but I feel like it switched the position of the cancel and accept buttons on me). That was basically the last straw. Gonna take on the 1-Year Linux Challenge.

The various options seem really daunting (as I’m sure it must be for lots of Linux beginners). I can tell I have a lotta reading to do. At the same time, I can already tell it’s probably more reading than I have the patience for, so I’ll probably end up rolling the dice, picking one that seems okay, and just diving in. Specifically, I’m going to try installing Linux on a spare Win7 ultrabook I have via one of those Linux USB thumbdrive installers I skimmed through in the Distro Guide thread. After that it’ll be time to convert the Win10 desktop (6700K+Geforce 970). And finally a new Ryzen machine later this year.

I’m sure I’ll have tons of annoying questions to ask, so hello and apologies in advance :slight_smile:


Might be a stupid question. but why didn’t I get new 1YLC badge?


It says only 8 people have it? While there’s 107 users who completed it.

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PM a Mod. @MisteryAngel and or @Eden

Oh, it’s a manual process… nvm then.

Yeah those badges are given manually by us.
If users just pm a mod, they will get the badge if they accomplish the challange.

Anyways i gave you the badge, so you should have yours now. :wink:

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found the older nick in the list. I amrobridinghood (what a poopy name lol) I have been on linux exclusively for 2… years now or something. You may add another one to the completed pile. distro: openSuse Leap.


edit: pls no badges:)

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You could add yourself if you would like. Scroll down post one, and in the bottom right corner their is an edit button and you can then write yourself in. Just be sure to hit the save button. :smiley:

Nice job bro! :1st_place_medal: I hope there are many more for you.


Thanks! Somebody already moved my name, thank you!

It was actually thanks to You guys. Everyone was nix-fu fighting on the IRC channel and i felt left out so I just… I just had to fire up a toy ubuntu install not to feel too bad about myself.

It remained mostly an object of curiosity until Windows pooped itself during an update while I needed to do some work so one thing led to another… .Anyway weeks later, by the time I got the free time to reinstall W. I was already too cozy with my shiny nix to relocate back to Microsoftia. shrugs


Wow, the one year challenge huh. Well¬

I’ve been using Linux in various flavours on my laptop for a great many years. Usually I end up back at Ubuntu because of various configuration problems on other distros, it’s one of the huge problems I’ve seen with linux over the years, if it truly wants to make it to the mainstream and into ‘everyday’ computers then it really has to find a way to allow full configuration without the terminal;

I can’t tell you how many problems I’ve had just trying to get a VPN to work! (Incidently, that’s one reason I haven’t updated to 18.04 yet) but I’m ranting of course.

As far as on my daily driver(Desktop) I’ve had it dual booting with Zorin for a while, but never really feel an inclination to log the linux partition, I went with Zorin because it was touted as being configured with Wine out of the box, which is true to a point; but trying to customise the way it looks is a nightmare and another reason why I don’t really use it. Reinstalling another Distro (and subsequent configuration problems), again is a time-sink and I don’t think it’s a good use of the time.

Just a few thoughts…