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


First: per my Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog page and the Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog – ‘One Year Update’ post there are going to be less reviews this year – ‘Live’ USB tests will mainly do it, and if one fails I may not even mention it (they are not fun and I had a *BUNCH* of those lately). My recommendations for Windows users is set at this point, i.e. Go with Windows 10 first and then Ubuntu LST for a ‘Backup OS’ plan (doesn’t hurt to know how to use other OSes).

Second: Since my recommendations are set (after a full year of experimenting, researching, testing, full reviews, etcetera) I have deleted the old “A-1 Linux *JUNK* page. If Microsoft Windows users looking to try Linux want some info and suggestions, then I have offered plenty here, most which point to Windows 10 first and then to Ubuntu LTS – *THE* Linux Distro to try. Linux users with any experience can probably overcome many of the problems associated with the over 2000+ other choices offered by Linux.

Downloaded the Zorin-OS-15.2-Core-64-bit and Archman_KDE_20200209 iso’s this morning, and ran them both thru some quick ‘Live’ USB tests on ‘Apevia’ the Ryzen™ computer. The ‘Apevia’ uses the Ryzen 5 3400G’s Radeon™ RX Vega 11 Graphics APU (AMD’s CPU with onboard graphics) which gives most Linux Distros big problems, and causes me to cast them aside…hey, if you can’t boot a Distro’s ‘Live’ USB then you are not going to be able to install it.

Tested Zorin 15.2 first and it breezed thru the graphics & Wi-Fi main testing. Am generally looking for some recognition of graphics, *PLUS* 1920 x 1080 display resolution. Spotted the Wi-Fi and only needed security code to connect. Was easy to move around in. Here are some pics:




Archman was up next, and has had both Ryzen™ APU (couldn’t boot ‘Live’) and graphic problems with the GeForce GTX 1660 GPU (showed 1024 x 768 as default resolution and no 1920 x 1080 choice) in the past. However, with the new iso, Archman booted ‘Live’ with no problems…showed display resolution at 1920 x 1080 and easily connected to Wi-Fi. Didn’t run it thru the GeForce GTX 1660 GPU test tho, but they’ve had enough time to finally get a correct driver by now, so am not going to test for it.




Notice in the above Zorin and Archman system info pics … Zorin lists “Graphics: AMD Raven,” but Archman doesn’t offer any “Graphics” info. Well, it did manage 1920 x 1080 this time, so that’s good enough for me.

They were certainly a couple “fun and less work” Distros to run some ‘Live’ USB tests on today!