Switching from Windows 10 to Linux.

Submitted by NeoliberalismKills in freeAsInFreedom

Pretty ignorant on this stuff. Is Ubuntu good or should I be looking elsewhere? Which version of Ubuntu should I be using if I go this route? Also, general suggestions would be appreciated.

Also, when I get that done with the switch which browser should I be using?

Thanks in advance comrades.


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ziq wrote (edited )

Kde neon is what I'd go with. The latest version. I'd also opt out of the non-free packages on installation.



TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I disagree you should take the non free packages to start with, having easy access to stuff such as skype and other proprietary helps not get frustrated and ditching linux. Once you're more at ease, say in 6 months, you can try to go completely free, change distribution and nerd away with your sysem.

KDE is really good for new users. One of the coolest things about it is an app/program called KDE connect, a sync/remote app for your phone and your pc.

you can use firefox, chromium or falkon. I personnaly use firefox.


ziq wrote (edited )

The non free stuff you can opt out of isn't apps, it's media codecs and drivers. If your computer needs a non free driver you would need to opt in, but I don't think anyone needs flash support or other antiquated media file support.


leftous wrote

Second this.

I use WIndows on my work computer, and kde neon on an old laptop. Firefox on both. It runs great, and the user experience is very similar and intuitive. They also give you the option to test out how it runs first, so you don't need to commit to an installation if it doesn't fit your needs.


nijntje wrote

I haven't used KDE neon personally, but I've been using kubuntu for a bit and it's not bad at all. KDE takes a bit of tweaking to get set up to how you like it but thankfully most things aren't too hard. Otherwise people here would probably be able to help out.

I do love KDE connect though.

Otherwise the main ubuntu flavour will be switching from unity to gnome (different desktop environments) in a bit so that could be annoying to have to handle with.

There's also the consideration of whether you want to go with a Long Term Support (LTS) version or not. More stable, less frequent possibly-breaking-everything updates, but might have slightly outdated software updates.


sand wrote

ubuntu's problematic iirc... something about sending user data to amazon


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I think newer versions of Ubuntu don't send data to Amazon by default, but they do put an Amazon 'app' on the home screen. It's the first thing I uninstall.

If NeoliberalismKills wants an experience as close as possible to vanilla Windows 10, I would opt for Ubuntu MATE or Xubuntu. They default to having the task bar at the top of the screen instead of the bottom, but otherwise they're pretty similar to Windows.

I think it makes the most sense to start with Ubuntu or Ubuntu derivatives/flavors because you'll have the most luck with web searches for "Ubuntu how do I ....." versus, say, "Solus how do I ...." or "Fedora how do I ...." or "OpenSUSE how do I ...." even though all four are excellent choices.


nijntje wrote

while ago, but yeah, problematic background.

also that was only on the mainline ubuntu (with unity), not derivatives or sister-distro's like kubuntu, xubuntu, etc


Fossidarity wrote

I would start with Linux Mint or Cinnamon and then transition to Debian. I know Ubuntu has a reputation as being a good starter Linux but I disagree with that sentiment. Also Canonical is a for-profit company.


Slick wrote

Linux Mint UI is more familiar for Win users. Start with Mint or Kubuntu then switch to Debian once you familiarized with the workflow.


kore wrote

Yeah I mean if you've never used linux just try ubuntu.

My #1 suggestion would be: take some time to learn about the system and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. The whole point of FOSS is that you can see how it works and change it yourself.