UPDATE 06/28/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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Jack M. Germain can always find an interesting Linux Distro to review, even if you have to wait a week or so to read it, and here’s another one – Patriot OS Provides Revolutionary Computing Convenience.

I’ll still do some ‘Distro Hopping’ from time to time, just to fix my Linux ‘Jones’ (whilst also finding something to post about), tho have never been a Distro Hopper for very long, since I always seem to end up back at Ubuntu (Ubuntu came out around 2004). Hey, I’ve piddled with Linux since 1996, so it has been an ‘Addiction’ of sorts, but mostly just fun to test. However, as I soon discovered, after starting the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, it can be nearly impossible to find 10 ‘good to excellent’ reliable desktop Linux Distros out of the thousands of Linux Distros. Yes, the ‘Specialty’ Distros are often very ‘good to excellent’ but are not necessarily reliable fulltime desktop OSes…which is why I note on that page that it “Will be updated as needed…

What do I consider a reliable fulltime desktop/laptop OS? Easy, that would be Microsoft Windows – and more recently Windows 10 version 1909. Decades of positive evidence and continued growth proves my point. Supposedly, there are some 400million to 1.5billion Windows users (over 2 billion computers?). Wonder if they counted my 5 pc’s and 1 laptop? Did they include my Test Bench and the two old MoBo’s I switch around on it? Did they include Neil’s dozen or so computers? It is no secret that Microsoft Windows reliably dominates the desktop/laptop market.

Started testing Patriot OS yesterday, and have had some ups ‘n downs with the downs mainly having to do with Ryzen™ processor on the ‘Apevia’ computer. Looks like it is going to require more time before AMD Ryzen™ and the Linux kernel can get their acts working together. I created a Patriot OS ‘Live’ USB using the Universal USB Installer (UUI) utility since Peach OSI recommended it if you wanted to have the USB with a persistent partition.

 

Started with the ‘Apevia’ & Ryzen™ APU computer first, and Patriot easily connected to Wi-Fi … display would only show 1024 x 768, and ‘Live’ USB bootup took 2 minutes, so there were minor problems right off the bat with Ryzen™. Made some setting changes, switched mouse buttons, and tried to update the USB, but got a message about not enough space…had only created a 1033 MB persistent partition, so should’ve went bigger since the 16GB USB had plenty of room…the updates were almost 900MB, so I may try that ‘Live’ test again using a bigger persistence partition next time. No biggie, so rebooted and the persistence worked, showing all changes and settings remained the same…plus the security code for Wi-Fi connection was remembered.

 

Went for the installation to a test 120GB SSD, install was slow @ 13 minutes, but looked OK & showed no problems. Rebooted, unplugged the ‘Live’ USB … then more Ryzen™ problems (I suspect) as it only booted to a terminal grub prompt. Tried a grub rescue, disk check and various fixes, but would not boot past the grub prompt. Pulled the SSD and tried it in the ‘Antec Sr.’ computer, but still had the same boot problem. Tried a different install on the Ryzen™ computer with the same results.

Reformatted SSD, and went to test the ‘Live’ USB on ‘Antec Sr.’ Had full HD of 1920 x 1080 on the display there, and all other hardware recognition tests were exceptional. However, at this point, my Bonus ISP DATA was about to end (2AM – 8AM is Bonus time) so I turned off Wi-Fi for this next installation.

 

Rest was just a basic install that only took 6 minutes on ‘Antec Sr.’ (note: the ‘Live’ USB also booted much faster than it did with the Ryzen™ computer). Rebooted, unplugged the ‘Live’ USB, and new OS booted right into the desktop:

 

Terrible wallpaper … easily changed to a Gnome 3.4 wallpaper, added some stuff and removed desktop icons. Xfce isn’t my favorite DE, but it was easy to move around in:

 

System info:

 

Great installation – will update it in the morning during Bonus DATA time. Hardware recognition was exceptional on the Intel computer…Intel provides full support to Linux, as per my recent AMD or Intel post. BTW, that same SSD also booted up in the Ryzen™ ‘Apevia’ computer this time, tho with no updates the display was still stuck @ 1024 x 768.

Will go ahead and post this … may add Patriot OS to my 10th spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page also, since I really liked its hardware recognition tests, and the ease of moving around in it. Ryzen™ problems aside, Peach OSI/Patriot OS is a fun Linux Distro!

01/26/20 UPDATE: Created a new ‘Live’ USB with a 4GB persistent partition, but the update just took too long (over an hour and still going), as is the case with most Linux Distros on a USB, so I just shut it down. I did the update on the SSD in the Ryzen™ computer…it updated very fast, and also did an automatic upgrade. Rebooted and the display now showed full HD of 1920 x 1080 on the display…here’s new ‘Apevia‘ Ryzen™ computer system info:

 

Probably best to avoid AMD’s newer Ryzen™ processors, unless you have an Intel computer to do the Patriot OS install on first – then move disk to Ryzen™ and update it there.