Of the total global computer desktop user share Linux represents about 2% of all Desktop/Laptop OS users. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux Distro out of some 2000+ Distro choices. Ubuntu focuses on Beginners, regular Desktop users, Server admins, Developers and probably more that I don’t know much about like the Cloud, IoT (Internet of Things) and Containers. One of the few Linux Distros that is fully supported financially and for the long-term.

That’s GNOME (default DE) with panel moved to bottom.

In the desktop Linux world, the desktop environment variants are also referred to as ‘flavors’. Below is the list of official Ubuntu flavors:

  • Ubuntu GNOME (default Ubuntu flavor)
  • Xubuntu
  • Lubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Ubuntu Mate
  • Ubuntu Budgie
  • Ubuntu Kylin
  • UbuntuStudio
  • Mythubuntu
  • Edubuntu
  • Ubuntu Unity (old default version)

Huh, Bulleted list wouldn’t work for some reason?! (Note: OK – got the Bulleted list to work…) Anyway, one can only imagine what the Linux desktop user share is for the other 2000+ Linux Distros, as they divide up what’s left of that 2% after Ubuntu’s share.

Linux is definitely not a plug ‘n play OS like Windows 10, but Ubuntu has the best hardware recognition ability of all the Distros; however, I ran into a printer problem today whilst testing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and the Pantum P2500W printer had worked fine in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Note: this is the first stable release, so the first point release in July may fix it, if not sooner. Still, 20.04 recognized the printer as soon as I plugged it in, so it might not be a hardware problem…this pic:

Everything looked good until I went to print a test ODF and then I got this:

Printer configuration looked OK, but something is wrong … Ubuntu isn’t plug ‘n play yet! 😉 The good news is that after 3 days of testing that was the only problem I had. Tried troubleshooting it and that didn’t work either. Will keep checking to see if Ubuntu updates the problem, because 20.04 knew which printer it was already, so I’m thinking software/driver problem (???). From what I hear, a majority of Linux users don’t use a printer and/or scanner because of Linux driver problems…one radical Linux user apparently puts whatever she wants to print onto a USB and takes it somewhere that it can be printed. Cute, but I expect Ubuntu to work with my printer without me having to waste time getting it to work. It’s a Monochrome Laser Printer that prints forever…huge printer cartridge…*HUGE*! I bought a couple of them from NewEgg (maybe their Ebay one or the Business one??) at about $25 each, which was cheaper than the tiny print cartridges cost on my old printers, and have used them for years now…when one ran out of ink I just threw it away and hook up a new one…hooked the last one up a few months ago, so it should last a few years before needing ink…probably just buy a new one then since cartridges are probably expensive.

Have a laptop and/or like to have a handy portable rescue full Linux Distro available and/or have several computers you like to test your Linux Distro on? Get one of these:

That’s a StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5″ SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable with UASP … it *ONLY* works with 2.5” SSD/HDD drives, but I find them to be very handy. I wiped Ubuntu 18.04 off ‘Ace the Laptop’ (an Acer Aspire 3) the other day, and just left WIN10 on it. Rarely use the laptop, and just got it because it was cheap & gave me something more portable for when I go out shopping and/or even traveling and/or even in an emergency. Now, when I want to use Ubuntu on the laptop I hook up the 20.04 SSD w/ that adapter cable and plug it into a 3.0 slot. Most of my other computers have Hot Swap SATA Bays so drives are easily swapped in and out…’InWin‘ is a Small Form Factor so the adapter cable is handy with it.

What is UASP?

UASP stands for USB Attached SCSI Protocol. It allows for faster read/write data speeds to and from storage devices.

Compared to traditional USB 3.0 BOT, UASP performs up to 70% faster read speeds and 40% faster write speeds at peak performance.

My USB SATA Docking Stations also use UASP, but not all Linux Distros recognize basic Docking Station or even this adapter cable, and a Docking Station is not as portable as that cable. Windows 10 won’t work on either since it insists on a direct SATA connection to the MoBo of just one computer.

Ubuntu 20.04 also worked great with the Apevia (Ryzen 5 3400G) & Antec Sr. desktop computers. It also easily passed ‘Ace the Laptop’ hardware recognition tests…info on all three of those computers are at: Buy Low or BYOC – ‘Build Your Own Computer’ in the page section. Here’s the “About” from ‘Ace the Laptop’ pic:

Was disappointed my printer didn’t work, but will give ‘Focal Fossa’ – and/or me – a little more time to figure out that problem.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.

NOTE: see part 2 here – Ubuntu ‘Focal Fossa’ 20.04 LTS – ‘Drivers, Printers, Hubs, GZ files & tRoUbLeShOoTiNg’ part 2