So I just did it, installed Solus on my secondary partition. Xubuntu will remain my main operating system, though. But if you want to test a distribution install it to a harddrive and use it for a while.

The installation went surprisingly smooth and after installing the updates went super fast. Even the installation of the Nvidia drivers went faster then I am used to with other distributions. Now for the Budgie desktop, it is based upon Gnome Shell and here is how it looks by default:

Budgie Desktop

Not much I need to change there, maybe the wallpaper. Like this one (it also comes with the distribution) :

My Wallpaper

So I will use Solus for a while and report back with my findings. Now I am off to register on the Solus Community

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And back to Xubuntu

Today I reinstated Xubuntu as my main desktop. I really missed the simplicity of the XFCE4 desktop environment and still wanted to remain on an Ubuntu base. Although I did like some parts of Linux Mint, I really disliked the whole package and Cinnamon especially. I just could not get used to the Cinnamon paradigm.

So I went back to Xubuntu. I installed the Ubuntu base with a mini.iso and installed Xubuntu-Core and the main applications I wanted and use on a daily basis. I will however still install Ubuntu MATE, but in a Virtualbox.

What I will do with the other partition? I am thinking about installing Solus, just to have something completely different on my second partition 🙂

So here’s my desktop today:

Xubuntu Desktop

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Well I really do not know

Yesterday I installed Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” on my system, the Cinnamon version. And I must say I really like it. It works great. Although Ubuntu MATE is still my daily driver Mint is a very close second.

Although Arch based distributions may be easier to maintain and has a lot more software available using the AUR, I really like the Debian/Ubuntu base of these distributions.

Mint 06-11-2016
Mint 06-11-2016

I love the new wallpaper, not the grey version they had in the past. This is a wallpaper I could actually keep. The default theme is Mint-X, but I changed it to the new Mint-Y Dark theme and that’s a keeper. Dark themes are really easy on the eyes and should be the default theme for all distributions. I might be installing the Arc theme though.

As the MATE Desktop is my daily driver I wanted to try something else, Cinnamon. Linux Mint 18 ships with Cinnamon 3.0 and I like it. It is a “get-out-of-the-way” desktop and it does what I want it to do. I think I will reside with this Desktop for at least a week. And then report what I liked and disliked.

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Another fresh install

Yes, I know, I know. Will I ever stay with anything for a while. And the answer might just be: Yes. I did a fresh install using the Ubuntu mini.iso and install Xubuntu-core. This meta-package leaves out anything you do not want and leaves the rest up to you. So I installed all necessary stuff like firefox, shutter, obs-studio, kazam and of course minecraft.

And this is what I ended up with, I really like it. I might do a distro off it too (already got a name: Fresko Linux)


A busy desktop:


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Another update

Well, it has been quiet here, I know. But I’ve just been busy.

So, today I created a Youtube channel: Linux Wizd3m, a dutch channel with reviews, tutorials, howto’s and something new: live help during live streams! Let’s see what becomes of it.

Furthermore, I am upgrading my server from 15.10 to 16.04. Hope it goes well.

And now, the obligatory screenshot:

My desktop today

And yes, I installed Xubuntu 16.04. I just couldn’t resist. It is and I guess it will be, my desktop. It just doesn’t get in the way of the stuff I want to do with it.

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