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Last Updated:
2020-07-03
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Linux - RECAP

I have used Linux since 2005, though I still prefer Windows as my default operating system. I do like the Linux communities, the forums, where it is easy to get help with any problem. A bit of Linux knowledge is also useful when trying to understand the Android system.

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Desktop Environment - KDE

My present Desktop PC (spec) dates from 2016. Tap here to view screenshots of all systems!

I have concluded that I prefer the Linux KDE environment - it is more a matter of touch and feel, than of actual performance. For a while I had Linux Mint as one of my main distros until they stopped KDE support for newer versions. I will keep the last KDE version 18.3 LTE till its support expires in 2021 - but hardly ever use it nowadays.

Distros

These are my distros today on the main disk drive (GPT), which I keep up-to-date:
  • Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu
  • openSUSE with KDE
  • Fedora KDE "spin"
On the old MBR disks I keep the previous versions, only as a backup, ready to go should the GPT disk conk out.

Office and multi media files are stored on the Windows 10 or DATA partitions to limit the Linux partition size to 30 GB. With this size I can create a disk image for backup (and cloning) using partimage (ext3) or partclone (ext4).


Main GPT Drive

All Disk Drives
Multi Boot - Grub2

I use the Linux system Grub2 to multi boot as I find it much easier to handle than the Windows Boot Manager. Tap here to view the bootmenus of all bootable systems!

SMB Shares

Whichever partition I boot will become the SMB server of my local network, allowing my Android tablets and our Smart TV read/write access to all relevant files on the PC. To avoid having to use password I have till recently limited the protocol to SMB1. However, last years' Fedora release ver. 31 and now also Kubuntu 2020.04 force the use of SMB2.

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Often used programs


Most applications can be executed with the same or similar program on all three systems. Today I use my Andoroid Tablet (Galaxy TAB S2) much more than the PC. For heavy duty jobs - be it typing, printing, creating spread sheets, editing videos or file management - I prefer using the PC though.

Windows 10 is my default system, mainly because I prefer the Windows File Manager. On Linux I used to use the Konqueror file manager, but it was abandoned for Dolphin. Then they made is difficult to use Dolphin as Root, so I have switched to Krusader as Root with a nostalgic Norton Commander type interface.

For screen recording I prefer Linux with its SimpleScreenRecorder, especially for merging two videos.