Well I’ve done it.
From using Windows-based operating systems my whole life, I have finally made the switch completely over to Linux.
I started off by dual-booting both Windows and Linux; trying out a few popular distributions to find which version I liked the best (Ubuntu, Linuxmint, and Pop OS), and then testing to make sure my remote login for my job worked correctly and then installed a fresh version of Linux onto my solid-state drive. There was no turning back after that!
While I liked both Ubuntu and Linuxmint, I decided to settle on Pop OS. The tiled-window option was very handy, opening two windows on one screen would auto-resize each window exactly, and opening more windows again would resize the screen further.
I did run into some issues where my wireless and Bluetooth connections stopped working and had to rely on a wired connection while I searched for a fix, though I will put the solutions I found to these problems in a separate post in the hopes it helps others.
Once these two issues were sorted though and I was up and running I was sorry I did not make the switch over to Linux a long time ago! Playing around with the terminal creating and deleting files, downloading new software from the POP OS store, organizing my screens, and workspace layouts to get my best setup.
Clicking the activities button on your main screen brings up your programs as shown below. I love the modern layout and the animation of the icons appearing:
When you are also installing Pop OS for the first time you get a chance to decide if you want to encrypt the drive that you are installing with a password. This is full encryption and means that every time you boot up your machine you enter a password to access your drive. For security-focused individuals, this is a great feature. Though if you don’t want this option make sure you complete this step correctly when installing as once it is set there is no option to turn it off, which means if you want to remove you have to perform a completely fresh install onto the drive.
When working from home for my job I use VMware Horizon Client which also works completely fine on Linux.
If you use your machine for gaming quite a lot then maybe Linux would not be the best choice for you as you are limited to Steam and any games that support Linux. Though you could always partition your current hard drive and dual boot both Windows and Linux so you can experience the best of both worlds.
I have been fully switched to Linux now for two weeks working on my desktop full time and playing the odd game and studying. I haven’t had any issues and am enjoying the experience and using the terminal to interact better with my computer.
I will post Linux hints and tips that I find useful, and also the solutions that I found online after many hours of searching to fix Bluetooth and wireless connections, which hopefully helps others get up and running!
As always if you have gotten this far thanks for reading 🙂