Date: July 21 2021
For most of my life, I used Windows products, I would classify myself as a Windows 7 Home Edition person, I have nostalgic memories playing Purble Place and other games. I never grew up with Linux, Windows XP or Windows 95/98/2000/ME.
I first became aware of Linux when an ex-friend talked about it being superior to Windows, and at some point in 2019 I installed Pop OS on my gaming computer. It was a good distro since I was just starting out and I felt comfortable. I occassionaly switched between Ubuntu and Pop OS whenever I experienced problems since I didn't know how to fix them. I didn't have to worry about Linux at school since my school lends computer to students for a year until summer holiday and those computers used Windows, but at some point I eventually brought my own laptop for the following reasons:
At first, I used Xubuntu and that worked for a while before I discovered "Garuda Linux", it was a Arch Linux Distro that was supposed to make Arch easier and more accessible, I tried it but it sucked.
Garuda Linux was way too bloated for me (even when I used the Lite edition) so I switched to Xubuntu. And then the pandemic got worse and our school switched to online teaching. I was suddenly spending so much time inside with my Ubuntu Gaming PC and I would often run into problems and search for solutions to them online and learn more about how Linux worked.
At home I would experiment with desktop setups on my laptop, the same ex-friend told me about a combination of openbox + nitrogen + lx-panel, which sucked. It had no volume management, no brightness changer, it just plain sucked. But I started experimenting with other combinations, I couldn't find a desktop setup I like and after a long time of using Xubuntu, I switched to Debian with Xfce4, it worked a little bit better but I kept experimenting.
After several months of learning, I could fix a lot of problems by myself and I was even capable of launching my own server, which I did, I first installed Ubuntu Server on it, it worked, after 2 weeks of using Ubuntu Server, I switched to Debian on my server.
Eventually, I switched to Debian on my gaming pc and I found a decent desktop combination for the laptop. Currently Debian is my favorite distribution, I tried installing Arch but I was still inexperienced. Anyways here is my laptop setup:
I generally like to keep my computer minimalistic which means I install Debian with nothing except for Standard system utilities and then I install a Desktop Environment manually (I use scripts to install packages but I copy configuration files manually)
startxor use the text console itself.
Copyrigt (C) Abdul Karim Kikar 2021