As many of you know I play around with operating systems at every opportunity. Up untill quite recently on my HP I was dual booting Linux Mint 17.1 (Mate Desktop) and Windows 10 Tech Preview.
I’ve used every build of Windows 10 Tech Preview on many of my computers, except for an ancient Toshiba which will forever run Puppy Linux just because that is a novelty in and of itself. I now only have Windows 10 on one computer and it’s dual booting Linux Mint 17.1 with a Cinnamon desktop.
Here is why
Despite the incredible performance of Windows 10 Tech Preview it still has enough bugs to keep it from being compatible with many of the less important systems on these computers. (For example the only one it’s currently on still doesn’t recognize the wifi card.) On others machines the issues ranged from slightly annoying video driver issues to the truly irritating sound card issues that prompted me to re-install the same driver after every single update.
Not that we weren’t enjoying the OS
If anything we adore the Windows 10 Tech Preview and can’t wait to get the full version though yes, we pray these issues will be resolved by then.
Meanwhile Elementary Linux has been a blessing (if a strange one)
Let me explain what I mean though… My son was in the same boat, using a Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.1 in dual boot and the Windows began to fail so we had to toss something in there. His hatred for Windows 8 prevented that from being an option, and any other version of Windows would require him to find drivers that frankly won’t work correctly on a laptop that came with Windows 8.
Ironic that Windows 10 was giving him difficulty, as the new tech preview uses Windows 8 Drivers. So we wiped the partition and tried Elementary just for fun. I reviewed it once, it has been awhile but I remember it being fairly cool aside from the illogical included programs like Midori as a browser instead of Firefox. (I suspect it was a size consideration, many distro are trying to stay under a cool 1Gb ISO.)
I found myself installing it overtop of my own Windows 10 last night and aside from easily corrected issues it simply rocks. I did have to install many of my preferred applications but after not having sound for a few weeks and then having an OS fail to load it was a relief.
When I first loaded the newly installed Elementary OS however, I had a minor graphical environment failure, so I did the simplest thing. I dropped to a non-graphical environment (cntrl+f3) and typed sudo apt-get upgrade -f && sudo apt-get update -f then I installed the driver updates via the software center and a handful of my most used programs.
Everything was sorted out within 10 minutes.
I suddenly remembered what I loved about Linux Mint 17.1, as I was obviously re-creating many of those features on Elementary just by selecting new browsers, gimp, libreoffice, etc. I get nostalgic about Linux, it has saved the day for me so many times when other operating systems just didn’t do what I needed them to do.
And as I re-explore Freya (Elementary Linux) I’m finding more of what I enjoy and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a change.
(Skype still uses pulseaudio on Elementary so no need to install gstreamer and tinker for 10 minutes) <— The one person out there who knows what I’m talking about will grin at my inclusion of this tidbit.