I’ve been on Linux for about 6 months now and want to get off the training wheels. I consider myself to be C+ Linux user so far. I don’t like waiting months on end for a new (current version, not nightly) VLC backported update from the ubuntu devs. I’m most familiar with MATE but I fear, looking at the arch wiki, there’s “issues” with that DE (not to mention the gtk3+ transition.) Some of the apps I use exclaim to be “gnome only” (eg. Corebird for twitter) but work fine in Mate. For some reason Mint users are so afraid of breaking their system they label security kernel updates as dangerous (irony?) and they defer all pre-installed apps (VLC, LO) to the ubuntu repos (which again, take literally forever to get backported.) And there are people on their forum who say that uninstalling preinstalled apps like LO will literally destroy your system. I’m not dissing Mint, it’s just that their dev cycle is excruciatingly slow and it seems like a lot of their userbase is naive about updating things and complacent with really outdated software.
Here’s some random Linux-related items I’m familiar with:
Firejail – very familiar and refuse to run VLC without it.
Gufw – very familiar (the only reason why I use this is for custom rules, if there’s a way to route all traffic through “tun0” per openVPN (if and when the VPN server goes down remotely) to prevent IP leakage that would be ideal.)
OpenVPN – very familiar on the cli.
7z – very familiar on the cli (caja’s archive manager has old legacy options which I’m disappointed about)
openJDK plays nice. #minecraft
Not sure about:
- how some Qt cryptocurrency wallets play…
- AMD drivers for a 280??? Debian Jessie was a questionmark and Ubuntu 16.04 was a “no.” AMD only supported 14.04 so there was issues getting steam to even launch in 16.04 (yes I know how to patch it and force the mesa drivers to load.)
Have absolutely no idea about:
- Wireless drivers. As some of you may know, 16.04 has shoddy wifi support on some devices and I’m not an exception. Here’s the debian fix I use for my realtek patch that works: https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes
It’ll be a shame to lose the debs, but my understanding is that most of the deb apps that are in common use are indeed available through the AUR. I don’t know how to the “correct” way to recover from a borked update – I think that’s probably the thing I should focus the most on.