Linus Torvalds on Why Linux Hasn’t Succeeded on Desktop: ‘I still wish we were better at having a standardize desktop that goes across all the distributions … It’s more of a personal annoyance how the fragmentation of the different vendors have, I think, held the desktop back a bit … It seems to be that Chromebooks and Android are the paths towards the desktop.

I like Android on my basic flip KAZUNA eTalk phone, but didn’t care for the Chromebook’s Chrome OS so I converted one Chromebook to a dual-boot CloudReady/Fedora Linux Laptop/Tablet/Sketchbook, and gave my other test Chromebooks away. However, like Linus Torvalds also says: “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘ Normal people want reliability, stability, security, and Plug ‘n Play easy.

  • BTW, ‘Technical people‘ would be Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.

SparkyLinux’s Fragmentation problems starts here:

Stable ‘n (Semi-)Rolling ‘n Oldstable images ‘n Oldoldstable images ‘n Development images. Dig ‘Da “Oldoldstable” talk! 😉

Went wid Stable choice last time so I went wid the (Semi-)Rolling Fragmentation choice this time (tho not really much different) here:

Remember, that’s just the (Semi-)Rolling Fragmentation choices!?! 😉

Lets get serious…

SparkyLinux 2022.03 Cinnamon

I tried the KDE 2022.03 first, but it was for Submissive Linux Distro users who are ‘Password Dependent‘ OS users, and Sparky’s sparkylinux-2022.03-x86_64-kde.iso @ 1.89 GB had a terrible KDE Plasma version, IMHO. The sparkylinux-2022.03-x86_64-minimalgui.iso @ 1.23 GB offered a better KDE Plasma version wid the Sparky Advanced Installer method, but it wouldn’t offer the root user option (a must for me!). I went wid Cinnamon DE in final tests ‘n was delighted!

Next, I downloaded the sparkylinux-2022.03-x86_64-minimalgui.iso @ 1.23 GB. Copied it to Ventoy for installing.

I spent several days testing Sparky, so wasn’t going to waste any more time wid all the other DE choices:

Lots of them are offered wid the Sparky Advanced Installer, which is a tad too advanced for most of the Submissive Linux Distro users.

Have found that the sparkylinux-2022.03-x86_64-minimalgui.iso & the Sparky Advanced Installer works best for me, and gives me the Fulltime Linux Root User option without all the normal annoying Linux “Authenticate” popups or other pestering ‘Pesky Passwords’ meant for the Submissive Linux Distro users.

Prep the Target disk wid GParted to make it easier:

Something like that works fine.

Open the Terminal to start the Sparky Advanced Installer:

Type: sudo sparky-installer

Hit enter ‘n the installer does the rest…basically.

When it is done just reboot and enter “root” for name at the Login Window, and then enter the root password:

Just like Chrome OS (which is far more secure than Linux Distros) you only need one password per OS session. The standard Submissive Linux Distro user is also created, but I never use it.

Here’s System Info:

Cinnamon 5.2.7 version, and it automatically installed the NVIDIA driver.

Here’s About:

Here’s the Cinnamon DE:

Conclusion

Not bad once you get past all the Fragmented Choices being offered.

Has the System Settings Audio issue in the root section, but music ‘n videos all have sound, and that keeps SparkyLinux out of Tier One on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page; however, I may move it up to the #7 spot in Tier Two.

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