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It was the year 2010. I was talking with a colleague over coffee about various operating systems and in particular about Linux operating system.
In those days, I was a full-time user of Windows OS and only heard about Red Hat Linux and was under impression that unlike Windows OS, Linux is limited to command line. My colleague mentioned about Ubuntu OS and that it has a powerful user interface. Apart from that, he said something like – “live operating system” and it can be run from a CD-ROM, it is completely FREE and there is NO NEED for Anti virus software. I was awestruck.
Same day, after returning back from the office, I started to google for Ubuntu and I happened to visit http://www.ubuntu.com and ‘get a free DVD of Ubuntu 10.04 from Canonical’ page. I signed up and ordered for a free DVD and received the same in about a month’s time. All this time, I did not do anything but browse more and more about Ubuntu and read reviews on internet.
After receiving the Ubuntu 10.04 DVD, I ran the live version and was impressed with the same. It was very easy to use and simple. However, my happiness did not last long as I wanted to use full features of the OS. Initially, I was hesitant about installing Ubuntu but finally, got confidence and ended up installing Ubuntu alongside Windows using Wubi (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi). It used to launch from within Windows and did not go all that well. Hence I tried uninstalling unsuccessfully and ended up deleting the OS files and messed up with the system.
Finally, I decided to try installing Ubuntu alongside Windows. But in those days, I was not aware of partitions and ended up formatting the hard drive and installing Ubuntu. This time, the installation was clean and complete with the exception that Windows was wiped off from my Laptop. After days and months of admiring the Linux OS, I felt the need for Microsoft Office. Once again after some research on internet, I realized that Microsoft Office can be run through an application called Wine (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wine). I somehow did not have success with Wine. Hence I formatted the system again and was back on Windows.
Like any other OS, Windows too had its share of drawbacks. I was unable to play some Video formats that I could easily play on Ubuntu. For this reason, installed Ubuntu once again but this time, it was alongside Windows. Hence, whenever I needed MS office, I used to log into to Windows and most of the time, used to login to Ubuntu. This strategy has worked for years and I was downloading Ubuntu ever since 2010 and upgrading LTS releases (most of the times, non LTS releases).
Over the years, my interest grew about this great OS. I also understand that there are multiple flavours of Linux (distributions) and that Ubuntu is one of the popular desktop and server distributions derived from Debian – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution
Recently, I installed Kubuntu 15.04 (An official derivative of Ubuntu Linux that uses the KDE graphical environment instead of GNOME) – http://www.kubuntu.org
K Desktop Environment is beautiful and gives Plasma desktop experience with widgets. Of course, there were few features of KDE that I could not get hold over. For instance, the OS was hanging once in a while (after I upgraded from default Plasma 5.3.1 that comes with Kubuntu 15.04 to Plasma 5.4.0 that was released in August 2015 without waiting for backports PPA – https://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/Plasma_5) and also, there is an application called KWallet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KWallet) which keeps popping up very often for password. I could not disable this app.
I also heard about Elementary OS Freya (https://elementary.io/) – a Windows like Desktop environment which is again a Ubuntu-based distribution with strong focus on the visual experience without sacrificing performance. I downloaded the ISO file and created a live usb using ubuntu startup disk creator (https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/usb-creator-gtk/). The UI is extremely beautiful and the applications are petty stable.
Although the OS distribution is small in size (slightly more than 900 MB) but does not ship along with some of the important apps like Libreoffice Suite (https://www.libreoffice.org/), torrent client etc. However these can be easily installed later on.
In most of the Linux-based operating systems, Firefox (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/) is the default browser. However, some of the websites that I visit, do not respond well on Firefox. Hence, I usually install Google Chrome browser (https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/) to meet my requirements.
Personally, Elementary OS is one of the best distros of Linux till date.
I was recently searching for market share of Linux and realized that the desktop market share is less than 2%. Majority of the desktop market is taken over by Windows (Windows 7, 8.x and XP) followed by Apples OS X, 9% (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems) Linux’s share is listed in the very end, a meagre 1.8%. I knew that Windows’ share is high but did not expect Linux’s desktop share to be so low . I wanted to spend more time and learn Linux and do my bit to popularize the same.
Hence I joined a couple of Linux communities and started this blog – Teasleguard. I hope I will be able to succeed in my endeavour. Will keep blogging about Linux.