Face it, with a Linux Desktop OS Market Share now at “.98%” (that’s without Ubuntu included) this ain’t going to be the ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’. Linux users have been dreaming about Linux becoming the Desktop OS of choice for decades…some say that dreaming started around “1998,” but I suspect it was even earlier. It’s still a keyboard based OS, like the old DOS OS, for the most part, e.g. Linux has never mastered the basic Wheel Mouse after some 30 years of trying. Heck, EndeavourOS “DOS” Linux openly & proudly advertises itself as “A TERMINAL-CENTRIC DISTRO.”
Without the ‘Specialty’ or ‘Specialized Market’ or ‘Niche’ type of Linux Distros their Desktop OS Market Share would be a lot smaller, and yet you don’t hear a lot about them, in most cases. I’ve mentioned them in past posts, and usually add that they don’t fall under my ‘Desktop OS’ testing reviews. Ubuntu LTS is the only true Linux Desktop OS, then there are some of the rest, and then some more of the roughly 2000+- Linux Distros ‘playing’ at being a Desktop OS. In case no one has noticed, Ubuntu LTS has recognized Linux Security Issues, and has gotten help from Microsoft on addressing the lack of security in Linux. Ubuntu is one of the rare Linux Distros that recognize Microsoft’s importance & knowledge, and they gladly work with Microsoft on many projects. The ‘Specialty’ Linux Distros are mixed in with the other 2000 +- and they have basically moved on to needed areas like economical workstations, “Advanced Penetration Testing” Distros like Kali Linux, a “secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system” like Kodachi Linux, etc. Various smaller ‘specialty’ areas like rescue, portability, super-small size, etc. Modicia OS 20.144 is another Distro that gets ignored by sites like DistroWatch, but it is a powerful OS based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ‘n comes ready to roll!
I downloaded the MODICIA20.144 iso last Sunday morning – a slllloooooowww 3.66 GB download. Lost track of the time it took to install to a USB, but it was between 25-30 minutes. Also a slow 15 min install to SSD, which makes it one of the slowest SSD installs for me, evah! After that, it was smooth sailing for Modicia OS as it zoomed thru hardware recognition tests like Wi-Fi, ‘Ace the Laptop’, the Ryzen™ 5 APU/CPU 3400G with Radeon™ RX Vega 11 Graphics on ‘Apevia’ and it also recognized & worked with my printer (hard to find printers that work with 99% of the Linux Distros). Jack M. Germain says:
… works right out of the box for use in every field — amateur or professional. It is a workhorse operating system used extensively in enterprise and educational facilities in much of Europe, available in some 25 languages.
It’s loaded for sure, tho I believe the developers focused more on professionals than amateur’s like me (however, it was easy to move around in). Why are we different?
- We use it every day to produce as multimedia professionals…
- It is tested every day in our PCs on 10 different hardware types.
- 65+ photographers use it every day in their professional studios.
- We are a team of 10 independent developers who have decided to offer their free commitment to freely make available this magnificent distribution that has no equal in the Linux world.
If you’re into “multimedia” type tasks ‘n such then it may be worth your time to check it out. It’s ‘Specialty’ Distros like Modicia OS that can make Linux interesting to try.
Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.