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My switch to GNU/Linux

These days every computer comes pre-installed with Windows OS wich is good because you don't need to hassle with searching for an OS, making a bootable flash driver so you can install the OS. However after a while of usage your computer is becoming slower and slower so you need to format your PC and thus still have to hassle with searching an ISO file then make a bootable flashdrive so you can re-install windows. But have you ever considerd an alternative to Windows? No? Well let me tell you my experience with an Windows alternative called Linux.

Microsoft's "forcing" policy

In 2016 i bought a "Game PC" wich came with Windows pre-installed, at this time Windows was making the shift from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10. The first thing i did was disable everything in the Windows environment that i didn't need, that includes pre installed Windows Apps like Skype etc. However after the first forced update all the settings where resetted and uninstalled Windows Apps were installed on the computer again.

But when i found out that after a FORCED Windows update my "Killer Network Control Center" didn't work because Microsoft crippled the software and i had to download the drivers via the Windows Store, i was done with it. This "Forcing" that Microsoft is doing is not really the thing i peronally like.

GNU/Linux as alternative

After search on the internet for an alternative to Windows i came across GNU/Linux wich come in many Distro's. There are so many options, you have LTS (Long Term Support) or RR (Rolling Release) both have there PRO's & CON's if your new to linux i would advice to stick with an LTS distro.

The Installation

So my next task was to find a good Distro wich led me to Ubuntu because of its support and large community behind it. So the first thing i had to do was download the ISO file make a bootable flash drive and install the OS. All of these steps took me about 10minutes, Yes you read it correct it took less then 10minutes to install Ubuntu.

After the installation i was happenly supprissed that i didn't needed to install any drivers for sound, graphics or anything else it all seem to work out of the box. No more searching for drivers, they just work.

Software Center

Then it came to installing my programs such as: Steam, Discord, OBS, Spottify and Graphics/Development Programs. It was easy as opening the "Software Center", search for the app you need an click "install", That's it!

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Most applications can be found in the Software Center but there are some you need to install via an Command line, this is very easy to do.

For example installing a package:

$ sudo apt install package_name

after that use:

$ sudo apt update

And your all done and can now use the app you just downloaded.

Games

Game support lately is very good, with the birth of SteamPlay most of the windows games can be played on Linux just by clicking "Play" on Steam. With the progression of Proton, DXVK and WINE more and more games are added to the whitelist daily.

If a game doesn't launch then there are other options like Lutris and PlayonLinux