Over the last several months I have slowly re-tried all the different Linux distributions out there and finally have settled on going back to an Ubuntu version 12.04 based system – but with the test of being just a stripped down Xfce desktop. Part of this was all brought on by an update to 12.10 based system my desktop (which was originally a regular Unity with Xfce overlaid – but was fat because of that – along with Cinnamon and more). The update went wrong and because of that I decided to try a few different things, before I decided what I was going to use going forward.
You may recall that about a year ago I had settled on Wunderlist as the go to software for keeping track of the task in a list format that offered reminders and such. Part of the reason I settled on Wunderlist was the native app offered in Linux, which shortly after my choice was dropped. Well, not formally dropped, but the updates for the other OS were not made available for Linux and the Linux download link was replaced with an available soon. The backwards step of dropping the native Linux app and the buggy nature of the software combined with the clumsy way it worked for somethings was enough to have me looking for something else.
Some may recall that sometime ago I had jumped into the Picasa as a photo organizer with both feet. Of course, that was when Picasa, a Google product, had support for not only Windows and Macs, but Linux as well. Granted, the support was kludgy Wine based conversion that was pretty slow, but it worked and allowed it to be used on Linux with out the overhead of Windows. Most anyone who is interested also probably knows that about a month (or maybe it has been two) Google announced that they would no longer be supporting Picasa on Linux going forward. Much to my dismay, I had to search for something else as I rarely boot my desktop machine in Windows and even less does my laptop go there, but those are for other discussions.
Linux has a couple of major releases coming out in the not so far off future and of course, being Ubuntu and Mint it has me a bit excited. The unfortunate thing of the matter is that the Ubuntu 12.04 release is supposed to launch on the 24th which also just happens to be my anniversary. I am thinking the idea of me going off by myself for the evening is not going to be kosher with the other half, so I had a plan late last eve.
I know, I last left you with the intent of posting on a more regular basis. But I think it was that afternoon, or more likely late that evening a long time tech friend got back to me about something I had said about my going through various Linux distributions over the Christmas Holidays. Specifically, said friend was pointing out the error or my conception regards to Linux Mint being a version or two behind where Ubuntu was. I am not sure if that was just because of my previous testing sometime ago or just a complete error on my part, but regardless, it pointed to some additional exploration being required on my part.
I have taken the advantage of the Christmas Holiday time, with some much-needed time away from deadlines and such at the office, to get back in touch with Linux. Actually, let me append to that, I had not left the Linux world, but rather, outside of some short quick glances into Ubuntu 11.4 and 11.10 I was stuck back in a 10.4 world. My personal and work machines were either running 10.4 or dual booting there and Windows XP or 7.0. I do have a couple of machines with Centos and such setup, but honestly, I can not recall the last time that I booted them. So, over the time I have had off, I have installed somewhere in the neighborhood of four distros and played around. But the question of the week is Unity or Gnome 3?