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

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Linux vs Hybrid GPUs (0-1)


Windows 10 with Rainmeter

So, I fought with a few linux distros (Arch, Debian, Linux Mint, Antergos, Manjaro, Ubuntu) and they just didn’t like my laptop’s hybrid GPU. Linux Mint was actually the only one that gave me anything resembling a desktop after install, but the resolution was all wrong.

Installing bumblebee and bumblebee-nvidia should have solved it but it only made it worse. I’ll be going back to trying to solve this in the future when I have more time. For now, I need my laptop fully functional for classes so I can’t afford to mess around too much. Hence, I reinstalled Windows, much to my displeasure.

I don’t really have anything against Windows per se, mind you, I’m just a big fan of linux and wanted to go back to it. Still want to. I’ll probably mess around on VMs first, this time, and see if it leads anywhere.

Piece of advice for people with hybrid GPUs – careful when installing a linux distro. It appears to hate NVIDIA-Intel combos. Probably because of the nouveau (open source) drivers, which seem to not work as well as the official NVIDIA ones. I’m saying this but I couldn’t get it to work with either though :’) There are tons of people with similar problems and completely different solutions. I intend to solve it somehow and when I do, I’ll share it with you guys – it’ll probably be a bit of everything.

For future reference, my laptop is an ASUS 552VX with an integrated GPU from Intel (Intel HD Graphics 530) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M. I’ll be letting you guys know as soon as I manage to get any linux distro installed and running here :)




Asus EeePC back… with Windows XP

My Windows XP right now (don’t worry, it’s just until Arch finishes its download XD)

Well, as mentioned in an earlier post, my Asus EeePC 1005HA’s HDD had died… So I sent my netbook to Asus and they got me a new hard drive and a new keyboard (the tab key had “jumped” from the last keyboard xD) – and of course, my OS changed to this netbook’s default one – Windows XP.

I decided to have a little fun before installing Arch and forgetting about Windows – so I thought about theming my Windows XP to look like Ubuntu or even a random linux distro which looked good. However I only found ancient linux themes, and they were all ugly.

So I thought – well, I don’t want Windows to look like Windows but the Linux themes are ugly as hell.. Hmm… Oh, I got it – Mac OS X.

And that was easy as hell – just had to find a Mac theme I liked and then… right, and then what? How the hell can a person install themes in Windows?..

So all one has to do is patch a dll file and install the theme – simple right?

Right… Still prefer Linux anytime though. All the unnecessary downloads I did just to manage to install a theme before I figured out what I had to do exactly… Linux is better anytime :)

Oh well, anyway… This is my desktop right now, which won’t last long because I’m thinking of having a Linux/ Mac dual boot and get rid of Windows for good… Mac can cover my proprietary needs like using Microsoft Office and stuff… and has Keynote and a bunch of other cool stuff to play around if I don’t feel like Linux one day xD

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 ;)