Switching to a Linux laptop

As the title of this post implies, I have made the switch to a Linux laptop. I hope to share my experience so far and the reasons which bought me to the decision.

So long Windows, farewell OSX

Hello Kubuntu – Download your copy here.

I have ran a windows laptop of some capacity for as long as I can remember, from XP, Vista (RIP), Windows 7  (the glory days), 8, 8.1(wtf?) and now every iteration of Windows 10. I have also been running a Macbook for the last 4 years along side. Both have their strengths and weaknesses but I feel that both are moving heavily into SaaS platforms where your data is harvested throughout your daily usage and used for purposes which are not always to the users benefit.

I want to run a system which rewards learning and tinkering. Not only does linux support the preservation of personal privacy, but it also offers a rich, open source, learning environment.

I have been running a lot of web services on Linux distributions for quite some time, but now the time has come to move to a Linux laptop.  I have tried this move a number of times in years gone by, but the experience never felt ‘ready’.

KDE vs Gnome

I have tried my luck with KDE and Gnome desktop environments, but Plasma KDE is still coming out on top. Plasma Desktop on Kubuntu 18.04 feels like a well polished user experience, but still manages to provide an almost infinite amount of customisation which you come to expect for a Linux system.


KDE Connect

If you are constantly transferring content between your Android phone and computer, KDE is definitely something which you need to try. Similar in some respects to pushbullet, KDE connect allows a coherent clipboard as well file sharing and multimedia control.


Take Away Thoughts

There has never been a better time to run Linux on your laptop or Desktop computer. Hardware and software support is in a period of rapid acceleration. If you are growing tired of the same old, same old, then maybe it is time to start looking through some Linux distributions and giving them a try.

My top 5 recommendations are:

  • Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Mate
  • Kbunutu
  • Linux Mint
  • Pop! OS