My Linux Story:
The first Linux distro that I tried was Ubuntu 8.04 LTS that came in a CD which was bundled with a tech magazine. I installed it, tried it but didn’t use it regularly.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
Fedora 10 & KDE:
I started using Linux as my PC’s primary operating system in 2009. Fedora 10 was the first Linux distro that I used as my PC’s primary OS.
I abandoned the Windows ship in 2009 mainly because of Vista. I bought a laptop in 2009 that came with Vista pre-installed. The performance was terrible even though the laptop had good hardware. I patiently waited for service pack 1 to be released but even after installing service pack 1, I was not happy with the performance.
Since I have already used Ubuntu, I was not afraid of installing Linux again. I choose to use Fedora over Ubuntu because I wanted to try a distro that used KDE desktop environment because KDE looked more like windows than gnome. So I searched for the best KDE distro and I learned that Fedora was the best KDE distro.
Fedora 10 KDE
At that time, we had to edit files manually to make “some stuff” work properly (including audio in some laptops due to driver conflicts) and to be honest, I liked it because I was learning something new. Fedora 11 was released, I migrated to Fedora 11 and I was totally unhappy. Too many bugs and the worst thing was the update manager itself wouldn’t work properly. Without the update manager, there is no way to download fixes for other problems. I tried as much as I could to fix all the issues but I realized that its about time to move on to some other distro.
Switching back to Ubuntu:
Canonical released Ubuntu 9.04 with an improved GUI and drivers. I switched back to Ubuntu from Fedora and I started adopting myself to gnome and I would say that, the more I used gnome the more I liked it than KDE. Gnome was faster than KDE, used less resources and also was less buggy than KDE.
Ubuntu 9.10 was released with more features, changes in default applications and the add/remove programs was replaced with Ubuntu software center. One of the main changes was that the default file system was changed to ext4 from ext3. I wanted to try the new ext4 file system and I migrated to Ubuntu 9.10. I would say Ubuntu 9.10 was faster than 9.04 but 9.04 was more stable.
The revolution of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
Canonical made a revolution in the Linux world with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It was hailed as the best distro ever made and people who have used 10.04 LTS would totally agree with that. I too agree that its the best distro ever made and I used the 64bit version.
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS came with a new theme (one of the best theme ever made), new icons, new installer etc.. The stability & performance were top notch and it never crashed. It was truly an amazing release and lived upto its LTS brand name.
With Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, sub-10-second boot and shutdown are now achieved on just about all machines, even those with only 512MB RAM.
The Ubuntu startup sound is incredible and its one of the things that I liked very much. Every time I boot up Ubuntu, I felt alive listening to that sound.
I tried 10.10, 11.04 & also 11.10 but I used 10.04 as the primary distro. I waited for the next LTS release which was 12.04 and I didn’t know that I was waiting for a horrible nightmare. Canonical started using unity desktop environment from 11.04.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS came with unity desktop environment which turned out to be a horrible nightmare. They removed the classic startup sound and I disliked more things in unity than the list of things that I liked in it. I tried to adopt myself to the new interface but couldn’t use it for more than a month. I went through the list of Ubuntu based distros in wikipedia and that’s the time I discovered Xfce & Xubuntu.
Xubuntu saving me from doom:
After installing & using Xubuntu for a few hours, I realized that Xubuntu 12.04 is the distro I was looking for and I was happy again. Xfce 4.x became the new gnome 2.x but most of the people who disliked unity didn’t realize it and instead moved to Linux mint.
Xubuntu 12.04 LTS
Abandoning the *buntu wagon:
Xubuntu is great but I didn’t feel like using any version of *buntu anymore after they removed the word “Linux” from all parts of their website. They don’t call it as “Ubuntu Linux” anymore and they call it just as “Ubuntu”.
So I was distro hopping again and finally settled with Debian (Big Daddy of Linux distros) that I built using netinstall ISO. So, I use
- Debian x64 – Unstable repository
- Xfce desktop environment
- LightDM display manager
- Greybird theme
- Elementary Xfce darker icon set