This is a sort of personal note because I’ve been wasting precious hours in front of my computer which is by the way running on a Debian Gnu/Linux operating system. I don’t want to waste anymore time so I’ve decided to take note of all the things I’ve done to have a fast and stable Linux powered laptop in case of another screw up. I’ve been using Linux for a while and I’ve done several re-installations because of the irreversible tweaks I made into my 5 year old laptop. It is a Compaq Presario 109TU which is powered by a 2Ghz Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU and a gigabyte of DDR2 RAM. It is a modest laptop but still exceeds the minimum requirements of a Linux operating system. The reason why I chose Debian is because of its known stability and having tried a multitude of Live Linux distributions, Debian is the only distribution that made my old laptop nimble enough to handle my daily tasks such as word processing, image editing, and a lot of web browsing.
There are important things to consider when running Debian. One is that it comes in three major flavors namely: 1) stable, 2) testing, and 3) unstable. The recommended version for beginners is the stable version and unstable for the brave of heart who are not afraid of possible data loss from misbehaving applications. The catch in the stable version is it uses a little bit outdated applications such as an older version of Firefox rebranded to Iceweasel. It is a major pain in the butt to use an outdated software because some of the tutorials available online are using either an even older version or the latest version of a specific application like Scribus and python. The only workaround is to build from the source which by now I’m capable of doing so, thanks to online forums and tutorials made by generous Debian and Ubuntu users. Thankfully, there is even a better and safer solution now to acquire new popular applications such as Iceweasel/Firefox via Debian backports repository. However, there is the latest release of Ubuntu which is based on Debian testing for the more adventurous type and for the joys Ubuntu brings to a new Linux comer.
The best Linux set-up is a simple set-up without any non-essential applications installed. I only install the applications I need and use daily such as the latest release of Iceweasel aka Firefox, nautilus-dropbox, Google Chrome, OpenOffice, and Scribus. Why use multiple internet browsers? It isn’t really by choice but some websites are optimized for a certain browser so using that specific browser is the reasonable choice.
To get things organized in the Linux world, you only need to use what you really need and master it. There is no best internet browser or best editor or best distribution, it all boils down to what you really want. Once you found it, stick with it. If things aren’t working as they seem, learn to make them work as Linux is known for a customized desktop experience.
Till next time.