Hey guys, as I am bored of Microsoft bullshit I have considered getting a GNU/Linux distro as my main OS, while keeping a little W7 VM or partition for programs I will need to use during my university course or the ones I used to use for my drawings/designs such as Adobe Suite or Clip Studio.
I pretty much just play light and old games, as with the years I find myself not interested so much in videogames and more in learning some other OS functionalities or programs (I would like to get myself into animation and Blender soon, as well as a little bit of music production). That´s why I started trying distros this week such as Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Fedora, Apricity, Openartist, Linux Mint... To make a quick summary my choice is between Ubuntu Studio and Manjaro XFCE. I love XFCE desktop environment and minimal themed interfaces (not distracting colours, just plain matte coloured windows).
I liked Ubuntu Studio because I am not able to take my PC to a fast source of internet yet, and it comes packed with some useful apps. However, Manjaro´s theme seems appealing to me, but I would like to change those green accents (I am not into Linux that much, just started reading about GTK customization and i´m quite lost) and download some useful programs like video editors (Kdenlive, Cinelerra, Openshot, Lightworks, Shotcut) , drawing and sketching programs (Inkscape, MyPaint, Gimp Paint Studio and Krita) alongside with Blender and Wine.
I use a Wacom Intuos tablet supported by both distros and a R9 280X which I haven´t tested yet in Linux, as the only experience I´ve had is live sessions.
Finally, would you recommend me any other thing as a Linux beginner? I am not very familiar with the terminal and have to look up commands for doing some things. Also, is the download from repositories obligatory or could I store packages in a thumb drive and then install them when I am back in my home? I know it sounds stupid but I live in a rural area and the only connection I have is my monthly-limited phone data, so I guess I could download some programs, but no games for now unless I take it to some friends house. In that case, what should I do to future proof my OS? Thank you very much