There’s a reason I’ve been ‘piddling’ with Linux SINCE 1996, but I just don’t know what it is!? Anyway, I’ve changed my blog’s Tagline to – ‘LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!’ because Linux keeps reminding me of that line in the Forrest Gump movie.

The old Tagline was – ‘Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.’ That was created soon after I started this blog in January of 2019, but I have been moving away from Ubuntu for about 5-6 months now…probably started soon after discovering that Fedora ‘n CentOS offered a way out of the annoying “Authenticate” popup/s or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ like Puppy Linux always has. Never did like those “Authenticate” popups showing up every time I started doing something…or wanting to do something. Puppy Linux has been a long time favorite of mine because it ‘stays outta da way’ whilst doing the job I expect a Desktop OS to do, and then amazing me at what else it can do when called upon, e.g. portability ‘n rescue. For a long time I used Puppy Linux on CD’s … I was slow at getting around to using USB’s very often. Heck, I used Puppy Linux on DVD’s before ever really moving it to USB. Maybe it was because I recorded a lot of movies on my old DVD recorder, and always had plenty of DVD+RW discs around. I didn’t really move to USB’s until last year…used them, but just not very often until last year.

Ubuntu has been steady as a rock, for me, for quite some time…hardware recognition like no other Distro, always easy to get apps, software, and usually drivers that other Distros never had or seemed difficult to get. Also, no other Distro can compete with Ubuntu when it comes to looking to the internet for answers…heck; run a search for answers about any other Distro ‘n it’s very likely you get more answers back on Ubuntu than the other Distro. Still, just not enough anymore…though I do remember testing a command that set Ubuntu up as a fulltime root user a week or two ago…forgot about that test ‘n the results!?! Well, Linux can be as tempting as a ‘Box of Chocolates’ far too often, and I have been ‘piddling’ with BSD OSes (Berkeley Software Distribution) a lot recently.

Its 2020 (almost 2021) ‘n some OS developers still believe in making OS installation very difficult. Why is that?!? Vanilla Arch Linux may be difficult to install w/o a graphical installer, but there is lots of useful information, scripts, YouTube guides, and even some semi-graphical 3rd party installers for it. However, Gentoo Linux doesn’t have easy guides, scripts or anything else to help it get installed as a Desktop OS – even tho it is a fairly popular Linux OS. Why is that?!? Trying to install Gentoo Linux is like finding the first evah fish-flavored piece of chocolate in the recent mixed box of chocolate you purchased, IMHO.

BSD … BSD OSes (Berkeley Software Distribution) have been slaughtering humble me recently, e.g. take MidnightBSD:

MidnightBSD is a BSD-derived operating system developed with desktop users in mind. It includes all the software you’d expect for your daily tasks — email, web browsing, word processing, gaming, and much more.

With a small community of dedicated developers, MidnightBSD strives to create an easy-to-use operating system everyone can use, freely.  

Note the “freely.” Linux likes to also claim that being “free” is a great reason to adapt it as your Desktop OS of choice. Part 2 of this post’s topic is going to be how economical it can be to purchase a *REAL* Desktop OS and/or purchase a new bargain computer ‘n then install (or re-install) a *REAL* Desktop OS onto it. “Free” is pretty useless if it’s not Plug ‘n Play. “Free” is pretty useless if the Mouse can’t do much more that point ‘n click. “Free” is pretty useless if your printers ‘n scanners ‘n Wi-Fi router ‘n etc are not going to work with that “Free” OS.

Anyway, in case developers don’t realize it, before being able to use an “easy” Desktop OS that is meant for “desktop users” it first has to be installed. Supposedly, one of the Desktop Environments offered by MidnightBSD is the Cinnamon DE, so I gave it a try…along with DragonFly BSD because Cinnamon DE is also offered with it. Its 2020 (almost 2021) ‘n some OS developers still believe in making OS installation very difficult. Why is that?!?

Update…just found where I have tested the BSD’s before: FreeBSD > TrueOS > Project Trident was posted June 16, 2019, and was able to install TrueOS (formerly PC-BSD or PCBSD) before it was discontinued. Humble me has come a long way since June of 2019, so I may look into those again in case they offer a ‘Tip’ and/or hint at installing some of these updated BSD’s.

How many pieces of ‘Chocolate’ have I already discussed in this post, including the new fish-tasting Chocolate BSD pieces? With Linux, you first have to find a Distro you like *PLUS* also find a Desktop Environment (DE) or Flavor or SPIN or ‘whatever’ that works with it for you. Since I have started this blog, I have found over 2000 ‘Pieces of Chocolate in this mixed Box’ of Linux Distros…so to speak of taking a gander at the 2000++ current Linux Distros post and this post that points out the Fragmentation problems with Linux.

There are *LOTS* of reasons why Linux stays stuck with 2+-% of the Worldwide Desktop OS market share. Here are some reasons why ‘that’ 2+-% of Worldwide Desktop OS users like to use Linux:

  • 1) Developers like Linux.
  • 2) People who likeGo-Karts’, old technology and/or old computers like Linux.
  • 3) People who buy second-hand Throttled-Down older computers like Linux.
  • 4) People who don’t know what the scroll wheel on a Mouse is for really like Linux!
  • 5) Because of the Touchpad, Linux works quite well on laptops.
  • 6) Some people expect everything to be Free for them.
  • 7) Some people hate successful software businesses (especially Microsoft).
  • 8) Some people hate Plug ‘n Play.
  • 9) Some people hate printers ‘n most other hardware.
  • 10) Some people love Chocolate!  😉

There are more reasons why some people like Linux…e.g. I like it as a Hobby OS  +  some Distros, like Puppy Linux, are excellent portable OSes  +  great rescue OSes if they’re portable. Heck, I started a Linux blog ‘n spent about 22 months posting about it, and I don’t really like Chocolate. However, Windows 10 is not a ‘Box of Chocolates’ nor a ‘Toy OS’ nor much of a Hobby, i.e. Windows 10 is akin to being the1600 hp Hennessey Twin Turbo V8 Engine when it is being compared to other Desktop OSes that are more akin to Briggs & Stratton engines:

You don’t want to stick a WIN10 Hennessey onto a ‘Go-Kart’ frame (e.g. old computer), but a Linux Briggs & Stratton would work well on such. Windows 10 isn’t Free, but you can currently buy a Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM CD KEY GLOBAL from URcdkey for $17.46 … an OEM Key for 2 PC’s is $26.85. Not “Free” but certainly not expensive either. If you’re thinking about installing Linux onto a 2014-15 or older computer, then go ahead since that computer is going to be over 6-years old very soon. Possibly had WIN 7 on it, but 6-7 years old technology isn’t going to be worth upgrading to WIN10, IMHO, unless it was a super computer with the works…maybe.

Also, remember when you upgrade that older computer to Linux that some of the internal hardware might not work, that a lot of your Computer Peripherals may not work, and forget about your printers – scanners – photo stuff working with it. Ubuntu ‘n Ubuntu-based Distros probably have the most drivers for printers ‘n scanners…fact it, if your printer says that it supports Linux then more than likely it means Ubuntu.   

Old computers can also be gutted ‘n turned into ‘remodeled’ old cases with new technology in them. Their old HDD’s can be used as DATA drives and/or backup drives. Old DVD drives can be salvaged, etc. My old ‘Antec Sr.’ computer has a case from a 2006 build – an Antec NSK6000 that I moved a 2016 build’s guts into last year – guts were an Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor plus a Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P Motherboard. I’m growing tired of some of the smaller cases from new builds last year, and may convert that old case again later next year. Small form factor usually means less options ‘n more CPU Throttling (AKA “Dynamic frequency scaling”)…heck, a lot of stuff gets throttled in those small forms and/or laptops. Just because that is a Ryzen CPU ‘n NVIDIA dedicated graphics in your new $500-1500 laptop or Mini-ITX doesn’t mean it’s going to be as fast as a real Desktop computer – they may say it is, but they don’t say how much CPU ‘n GPU throttling there is going to be.

Anyway, I have a Part 2 coming after I finish Part 1 here, and it will mainly focus on some older info I have published in the past – on Windows 10 Pro computers. May also be a Part 3 if the BYOC part takes up more space than I am planning on…yes, possibly a Part 3.

…to be continued