My path to achieve the greatest Linux desktop ever or… random IT stuff

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Current Openbox and future plans~

So this is what my Arch/ Openbox combo looks like currently

Nothing special here, just installed Faenza icons, changed the color on my tint2 bar and changed wallpaper…

Anyways, on another note – my future plans…



Ubuntu 11.04 on Dad’s Laptop

Ubuntu 11.04 with my wallpaper ^^

So, while I haven’t convinced my dad to leave Windows yet, I’ve managed to install Ubuntu 11.04 on his laptop which leaves me really happy x)

The wallpaper was made by me and it’s my submission for Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper contest.

If you’re not a Linux user and you’re wondering what is Ubuntu – it’s just the most popular Linux distribution out there nowadays. And it’s easy to know why – it’s got everything you need configured and ready to function. I don’t even remember the last time I had to use the terminal in Ubuntu.

For those who are trying to get rid of Windows, I’d recommend Ubuntu, definitely. Or even Kubuntu which is Ubuntu but with a different look – really pretty and a bit more Windows-like due to all the widgets and the bar at the bottom. The only catch is that either you have at least 2GB RAM or you’re gonna feel how heavy that thing is on your computer and you won’t want to try Linux ever again (which is something I want to avoid you doing).

More about Ubuntu then  – there’s a new release every six months and it’s like so: 11.04, for example, it’s the release for 2011 and it’s April’s release… 11.10 would be a release later in that same year, but in October – it’s actually easy to understand. Each release brings new updates and can even bring a different, prettier look (or different managing of stuff like it happened from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, with the introduction of Unity). You don’t have to format your computer or anything – on the update manager, when there’s a new release, it’s going to ask you to install it – it feels just like another update, but of course, with a bunch of more new stuff.

Then, from two to two years, there are the LTS releases – it’s basically a release like any other except it’s a lot more stable and the support lasts for more years.

You have an Ubuntu Software Center where you can go download the programs you need for free, or even pay for some (mostly it’s just games you’d also buy in Windows, like World of Goo for example) if you want to – it’s a bit like Apple’s App Store really.

There’s also a thing called Ubuntu One which gives 5GB of free space to keep stuff online, much like Dropbox.

I don’t remember anything else at the moment, so cya ;)

How it all began…

Hello reader ^^

So, a little about me: I’m a portuguese 19 year old girl who’s in college studying to become a nurse. I’m not a computers expert nor a developer. I mainly use my computer to make AMVs, watch anime, read manga, listen to music, access the internet, making avatars, headers, banners, signatures, etc.

About a year ago I was a Windows user. And I had never thought of changing, not even once – well that’s probably because I didn’t know of any options – my knowledge at the time was “Linux is for geeks who understand it and Mac is for rich people and I am neither”.

However I met a Linux-user boy (my boyfriend now ;P) who used Ubuntu. He tried to convince me to change but I ignored him. Well, that was untill I saw the cube and the windows “shaking”. Yeh, it’s shameful but that is the true reason I dropped Windows – for “cool” shaking and cube effects.

And thus my adventure began :)

I installed Ubuntu 10.04, a dock (I don’t remember which but I think it was Advant Window Navigator [AWN for short]), compiz and I was ready to go.

Well sort of. Thing is – I didn’t have my Sony Vegas Pro anymore, how would I make videos? [I actually never made videos again because I haven’t found a Video Editor to convince me yet – maybe in time…]. I also couldn’t use Photoshop – what would become of me? :O

When I noticed this I really wanted to go back to Windows, which I did… for, like, 5 minutes. I asked myself – “what do you prefer? A crashing slow insecure OS or living without two apps?” and I went back to Ubuntu again x)

I adopted GIMP and I never used Photoshop again and I grew accustomed to Ubuntu more and more. Version 10.10 came out and I installed it. Great (I thought). …Untill I decided to install the netbook version.

Argh, how I hated it ;__; Even today, Unity makes me sick. I don’t care how better you think it is – on the netbook version it was slow as hell and I could never see it in front of me again. So I installed the regular Ubuntu 10.10 version.

All was good untill I heard that Ubuntu 11.04 would come with Unity. I lost all hope and decided to not update Ubuntu untill they realized they were making a mistake.

My boyfriend tried to convince me to update Ubuntu several times because I could start it without Unity. However, stubborn as I am, I told him I wouldn’t.

Meanwhile, he had already discovered Arch Linux. He tried to convince me to change but the lack of “user friendliness” compared to Ubuntu had me rejecting the idea.

However my Ubuntu seemed to be getting slower day by day and I was kind of sick of it too. Windows wasn’t even an option to me (I was already totally converted to Linux) so I started thinking of some options.

And one day, I was looking for linux desktops and I saw a screenshot which changed my life. This one:

When I saw the description in DeviantArt I realized he was using ArchLinux and Openbox. And I promised myself I’d have a desktop as beautiful as his. So I asked my boyfriend for help to install Arch and Openbox.

That was… five days ago. We spent a whole day trying to figure out Openbox and configuring conky and Openbox itself. I kept configuring my desktop but Openbox kept bugging me because of the Gnome Apps who looked like Win98 x.x

My boyfriend showed me a XFCE desktop which I liked so, yesterday, I changed from Openbox to XFCE. Right now, I’m pretty satisfied although I’m still aiming for the most beautiful desktop ever and working towards it. This is my desktop right now:

I’ll post more infos on my current desktop later (such as the theme and the conky configuration and all) ^^

Suggestions are welcome ;)