I am looking for some advice as moving to Linux, I have been using Windows 10 Linux subsystem for a while now and its been fine, but I feel now it is time to finally leave Windows and move to a full Linux system.
I have been reading around places like reddit, slant and also watching level 1 techs to get some ideas of what its like using Linux and I think I have a good set of ideas of what I want to start with.
Lightweight but usable.
I want a working system out of the box as regards hardware, but I don’t want all the extra applications I will never use, so things like a DVD reader I wont use because my laptop doesn’t have a DVD reader, but I need applications that allow me to configure my monitors.
I want to use i3.
Using the subsystem for a while now and Windows CMD for years I enjoy being on the command line, plus the look people give when you type what you want always makes me feel nerd cool on the inside, I have been looking at different managers and i3 is what I want, but I don’t want another desktop environment installed on the side, for example I know Ubuntu has GNOME now, is it possible to get a working minimal distro where I can simply strip out all the extras gnome installs? or is it too embedded in a system like Ubuntu?
I don’t have a lot of time to fix things generally, I use my laptop for almost everything and downtime is never good, while I do take backups time lost to rebuilding is never good, I don’t want things to break, I don’t mind being a little behind on packages in the name of uptime and stability.
Random little crashes also annoy me, I can fix them but again I would rather not, I want to be able to configure my system and it works for 12 months before I decide I want to change how the interface looks and break everything.
Good package support.
I know this is not generally an issue now but I know there are some distros that have a rather limited list of software, I would like a rather easily accessible but large selection of software, even if I never install it just so if I ever do need it, its one command away.
TL;DR, I want a fast, minimal, stable and workable system I can have just get out of my way, and possibly look cool while I do it