Linux

Linux Mint: I’m Home Again

Two weekends ago it happened for the third time. My Computer “forgot” it
runs Linux. The attempts to repair it not only failed, but also killed
my Windows boot. I found myself with a computer that can’t boot for
the third time within less than a week.

I’m still not 100% sure of what happened. What I do know is that after
installing Windows (which should always come first when preparing a
Linux duel-boot install), not Linux boot option was available. I asked
around, spent time with great people from IRC for help, but there was
no other way to do it: at the end, I had to physically disconnect my
Windows SSD, after Windows finished install, and then Install Linux
from a Live CD to the remaining, blank SSD. This worked without a
hitch. This, by the way, was a problem that took place after a big
Windows update (more on Windows coming up).

I used the chance to go back to Linux Mint, which was my first flavor
of Linux a bit more than three years ago. After I solved the above boot
issues (which happened on Kubuntu as well), I felt at home with the
familiar Cinnamon desktop.

Perhaps it’s what I’m used to. Perhaps it’s what DieHedwig, my
computer, is used to. Perhaps it’s just coincidence. But for me, Linux
Mint has grown to be the most comfortable environment to work in. For
the last three years, Linux Mint has been my slowly growing
productivity environment. I used to have Mint on a virtual machine on
my home computer, and for the most part, I was happy that way.

That was until Windows April update, which bypassed my attempts to
shut off updates on Windows, and surprised me one morning. My screen
colors were off since it got rid of the color profile I had set up for
my monitor. The multiple desktop environment I never fully liked in
Windows but grew used to was gone. Even my BitLocker did not stop me
from restarting my computer after I forgot to insert my
USB-key (probably because Windows paused it for me without asking?
That’s great, a new way to still hard drives, everybody!) I just
snapped and decided to switch fully right there and then. If there’s an
operating system that belongs in a VM, I thought, it’s not Linux. It’s
Windows.

I’m now full time in Linux. Since the outage two weeks ago, I visited
Windows exactly once: to VPN to work. There’s simply no
need. My favorite strategy games, from Company of Heroes to Cities:
Skylines
, are available on Linux. KODI and the excellent VLC take care
of my movies/music needs. Emacs and Org-mode take care of productivity
and writing. For work, I use Google Chrome to log into the websites
necessary (I use Firefox for personal stuff). Really, everything I
need to do I just do better on Linux.

Perhaps I’m going to take my own advice finally and “trap” Windows in
a VM, like I said I would. This would allow me to run Windows
applications (if I ever need them) while not giving up my Linux
environment, especially work-related stuff. By the way, did you hear
that Microsoft is going to charge a monthly fee for Windows? It’s
only $7, and it’s only for businesses, but just wait and see. You know
what? I think that’s a good idea. They charge per usage though. For every
hour I spend on Windows I get “punished” and pay $0.10 or so. If you
ask me, that’s a great tool to keep me running the other way.

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