Has been such a pleasure to have spent so much time working wid Windows 11 Pro recently! Reminded me of what a real Desktop OS is supposed to be like. Can truly get ‘Da Feel‘ of an OS when you’re working wid it across 6 desktop PC’s & a Dell laptop!

Installing, upgrading, tweaking, testing, etc. of a new OS in a short time-frame of about 3-weeks, across the assorted hardware of 6 desktop PC’s & a Dell laptop, can be great fun when working wid a reliable ‘n steady OS like Windows 11 Pro. There are many many many reasons why Windows 10 has over 1.3 *BILLION* users.

Had also done some testing of Linux Distros, off ‘n on, during the same time-frame…mostly a horrible experience after working wid Windows 11 Pro. However, after 25 years of working wid Linux, I have grown to accept the many problems of Linux.

Things I look for in a Linux OS are:

  • 1) Am I in control of the Linux OS *OR* is the infamous Linux ‘Nanny? If the Linux ‘Nanny is constantly demanding ‘Pesky Passwords‘ every time you try to do something, or tossing up the annoying “Authenticate” popups when you try to do something, then the Linux ‘Nanny is in control of the Linux OS. Here’s a Free Tip: 99.9% of *ALL* Linux Distros are controlled by the infamous Linux ‘Nanny? Their focus is on the needs of Businesses and not on the needs of an average Home Desktop/Laptop OS user.
  • 2) Is the Linux OS reliable ‘n steady, or are you having to reinstall after updates, or spend hours trying to fix a problem, or having to switch Linux Distros because your favorite Linux Distro doesn’t work on your new computer. Puppy Linux has always been reliable ‘n steady for me (tho I don’t like the JWM or OpenBox Desktop Environment), and it is my ‘Go-to‘ rescue Distro. Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN has been my main secondary OS for 1 or 2 years now, but I’ve heard rumors that it is struggling for more developer support, 34 has some problems I don’t like, and the 35 Beta didn’t work well. Most RHEL-based Distros have been reliable ‘n steady for me, plus they usually offer an option to bypass the infamous Linux ‘Nanny. Ubuntu ‘n Ubuntu-based Distros have been reliable ‘n steady for me, but they are *OWNED* by the infamous Linux ‘Nanny.
  • 3) Are good printers easily available for the Linux OS, and support it. For me, Ubuntu seems to offer the most choices of different printers that come wid easy drivers to install. RHEL-based Distros seem to have a good selection of printers who support them, but I have never owned one. My next printer will state in the specs that it supports RHEL Distros before I’ll buy it.
  • 4) Can the Linux Distro be fully installed onto a USB drive. Doesn’t have to be originally installed onto a USB, but it has to be able to have a Clonezilla image of it installed onto a USB (more on that later).
  • 5) Installed onto a USB drive gives a Linux Distro lots of ‘Portability‘ which is a *MUST* for any secondary OS! If the Linux Distro isn’t fully ‘Portable‘ across all my computers, then it is useless too me.

Most Linux Distros have improved on the hardware recognition, but if they lack any of the 5 requirements mentioned above, then I am not interested in them.

Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN

I’m in the process of replacing Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN as my main secondary OS, i.e. my main Companion OS for Windows 11.

Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN is fine, but the Fedora 35 Beta just came out, and the Cinnamon SPIN version of it is not fine, IMHO. Fedora 34 Cinnamon SPIN wasn’t fine either, IMHO.

One of the best ‘Thangs about Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN – it doesn’t require a “user” to be registered…just an Administrator’s password. Set the Administrator up for an automatic login, and never see the ‘Pesky Passwords‘ or the annoying “Authenticate” popups again.

I doubt that I will be able to use Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN forever, and the newer versions haven’t been as reliable ‘n steady.

AlmaLinux 8.4 ‘Electric Cheetah

On December 8, 2020, Red Hat announced that development of CentOS Linux would be discontinued and it would be replaced wid CentOS Stream.

Didn’t affect me, since I had already switched to CentOS Stream before the announcement, and like CentOS Stream better.

Fact is, it was great news for my Linux testing Blog section, since new Distros were starting up, and they would need to be tested. 🙂 🙂 🙂

AlmaLinux 8.3 Beta was one of the first replacements to show up – see February 4, 2021 post. They haven’t missed a beat since, e.g. AlmaLinux OS 8.3 – ‘AlmaLinux OS stable version w/ Fulltime Linux Root User option!’, AlmaLinux OS 8.4 & CentOS Stream: RHEL-based Distros part 5, and the RHEL-based page.

I mentioned that ‘Fedora 33 Cinnamon doesn’t require a “user” to be registered…just an Administrator‘s password. Set the Administrator up for an automatic login‘ and avoid even the Login Window. AlmaLinux requires a “user” registration, but it also offers a Fulltime Linux Root User option at the Login Window:

That’s the Login Window/Welcome Screen, and you just click on the “Not listed?” which takes you to “Username”:

Type in “root” then click next:

That takes you to Password ‘n Sign In for root. Puppy Linux and Fedora Cinnamon Spin just boot into Fulltime Root User without needing any logins, but I can deal wid the pesky ‘n annoying Linux ‘Nanny once, at Login Window/Welcome Screen. After that, AlmaLinux belongs to you.

AlmaLinux uses the Gnome DE, one of the easiest Linux DE’s to customize, and mostly a total graphical environment…including for software updates ‘n adding new apps. I have always liked AlmaLinux’s graphical updating more than Fedora’s updating methods.

By adding the GNOME Shell integration, then the Dash to Panel & Arc Menu extensions, you can give your desktop a customized Windows look.

Conclusion

AlmaLinux has impressed me since I first tried it! Many Linux Distros talk about their “Community,” but few ever mention the “whole communtiy,” in a way that reminds you that “Action speaks more powerfully than words,” like AlmaLinux & CloudLinux OS do, IMHO.

Will add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page, and the RHEL-based page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!