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Old 12-04-2021, 04:57 AM   #1
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Maybe switch to Ubuntu?


Hello -- I've been wondering whether or not to switch to Ubuntu from Elementary OS. I'm fooling around with it and find it a little bit...restrictive.

What are your thoughts on Ubuntu? Is it a good OS for beginners? I'm just starting to get into Linux and want to eventually switch over from MacOS when my MBPro eventually gives out, and just want to expand my experience anyway.

I have a Dell Latitude E6510 with 8 GB Ram, and an intel i7 CPU. It definitely meets the system requirements for it, from what the Ubuntu site says, but was just wondering if it's worth it to switch over.

Any advice is welcome.

If I do go over to it, will it keep the apps that I already have on it? they're not much, but will it wipe my Linux partition clean?
 
Old 12-04-2021, 05:40 AM   #2
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Ubuntu is good for beginners by virtue of its sheer community size. The first line of LQ FAQ still reads
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Visit the most active Linux Forum on the web!
This is not true anymore: for the last five or six years, https://ubuntuforums.org is the busiest Linux-related forum on the net. For any problem you'll encounter in Ubuntu, there's a good chance somebody already started a thread or five.

But this comes with some stipulations as well. Ubuntistas are the largest and the loudest crowd of Linux users, but on average, they tend to be rather inexperienced. Most of them are your fellow newbies.

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Old 12-04-2021, 06:35 AM   #3
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What are your thoughts on Ubuntu? Is it a good OS for beginners?
If you were productive with Elementary OS, than the Operating System is almost the same. What shruggy has written is more important than most of the features and commodities that any other Linux distribution may offer you.

My own 'same old story' is that the default desktop environment is probably what you consider, when comparing distributions. How about listing the “restrictions” that you complain about. Maybe it will be sufficient to replace your desktop environment to be happy with Elementary OS. This would be less of a hassle anyway.
 
Old 12-04-2021, 07:24 AM   #4
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If I do go over to it, will it keep the apps that I already have on it? they're not much, but will it wipe my Linux partition clean?
Though both are Linux with likely the same access to the apps you want, but they are different systems with their own way of doing things. You will want to wipe the old install just to prevent problems or if having the room run both on the same machine. And there is always the option of using the Ubuntu in the try out mode for a time to see if you like it before hitting the install button.
 
Old 12-04-2021, 10:46 AM   #5
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In order to answer your question, we need to know what you don't like about Elementary OS. I've never seen their Pantheon desktop, but I've seen it described as not very customisable — but that goes for the Gnome default on Ubuuntu.

Installing a new distro will indeed wipe away all the old one, unless you opt to double boot. The configuration files which are kept in /home will stay, provided that you have /home on a separate partition, that is.
 
Old 12-04-2021, 08:03 PM   #6
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I have found Ubuntu reliable and stable. I've used it off and on since v. 8.04.

I know the folks over at Going Linux often recommend Ubuntu MATE as a good variant for beginners.
 
Old 12-05-2021, 03:54 AM   #7
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It is probably exaggeration to replace one distribution against another, whenever the defaults turn out to be inconvenient.
 
Old 12-05-2021, 05:49 AM   #8
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EOS is a derivative of Debian and Ubuntu, which means the foundations don't differ a whole lot. What your seeing and using most of the time is the desktop environment. Most DEs can be readily installed on most non-derived operating systems. EOS may make it difficult or impossible to try others; I've never had reason to try it. Switching to a non-derived distro, or Ubuntu, will provide a bunch of DEs to choose from that EOS may not. If EOS does, then add one, instead of switching distros.

To see what you like, it makes sense to try live media versions of others first, to see what there is, and whether any of the others look like they would be less restrictive that what you feel with EOS. Note that Gnome, Ubuntu's default DE, has a deserved reputation for least configurability. If you think highly configurable/customizable KDE Plasma might suit you, give Neon a test drive, if ready access to alternative DEs is not important to you, and latest and greatest soonest is more important than high stability.
 
Old 12-05-2021, 09:43 AM   #9
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We all have went through 'phases' of loading different distributions and GUIs to find a 'fit'. I know I did (Arch, Redhat, Fedora, SUSE, Mint, etc. plus the different GUIs) . Used to be 'exciting/interesting' to see what was different. Note my first intro to Linux was Slack on a stack of floppies way back. Now I just want an OS that I can 'use' for day to day activity. I have settled on KUbuntu (KDE version of Ubuntu) LTS 20.04 as the distro loaded on all my desktops/server/laptops. Solid, no surprise, and does everything I need from Linux. Mint is another good one with Cinnamon desktop which I really liked, but I had switched away from it when I had built a new AMD Ryzen 1600 that Mint didn't support at the time. The latest Ubuntu distro did. Stayed ever since. Now running on Ryzen 5000 series processors without a hiccup.

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Old 12-06-2021, 09:31 AM   #10
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Linux is a "loosely-coupled" system. Surrounding the Linux kernel are the usual binary libraries, and beyond that a set of applications ... including, optionally, some "GUI desktop." There is also some kind of packaging/update system to allow software to be easily installed, removed, and updated. "Distros" differ mostly in what they use and supply by default, and how they handle packaging.

If you use a GUI, as most people do except on "headless" servers (and you can use one there, too ...), then you are always at liberty to install another one, then switch to it or switch between them. Many systems which use "KDE," for example, often also have "Gnome" installed to support certain applications. You can also use the system when the GUI is not running or has been stopped. It reminds me of the days when "Microsoft Windows" was WIN.EXE, literally sitting on top of MS-DOS and separated from it.
 
Old 12-06-2021, 11:46 AM   #11
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It would help immensely, if the original poster sometimes commented on our suggestions.
 
Old 12-07-2021, 04:07 AM   #12
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MX Linux is so suitable
 
  


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