Successful transitions to linux?

evilmurries

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There are plenty of users in this sub forum that made the migration to windows. How about those that primarily use linux now? I am a comp sci student, and predominately use my macs for programming + command line. This makes the move to windows more difficult than running software. Unfortunately the allure of better hardware is always strong. Who made the switch to linux? What distros are you actively using? What is the use case, and how well did it go?
 

c0ppo

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I'm using Linux for quite some time now. Programming and command line, just like you want.
Unless you need something specific, Linux will do just fine. For instance, only thing lacking for me personally is official Unity3D editor on linux. It's in beta, and it's buggy.

But everything else works like a charm. And the ability to customise your own environment is almost unlimited. But be warned, you will probably want to customise your DE of choice. And you will break stuff eventually. But live and learn, because various linux distros helped me learn a lot.

I'm using PopOS and Manjaro KDE, POPOS being my primary OS.
 

jrichards1408

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I'm using Linux for quite some time now. Programming and command line, just like you want.
Unless you need something specific, Linux will do just fine. For instance, only thing lacking for me personally is official Unity3D editor on linux. It's in beta, and it's buggy.

But everything else works like a charm. And the ability to customise your own environment is almost unlimited. But be warned, you will probably want to customise your DE of choice. And you will break stuff eventually. But live and learn, because various linux distros helped me learn a lot.

I'm using PopOS and Manjaro KDE, POPOS being my primary OS.
I started using pop os a few weeks ago for work and so far it's good.
 

SandboxGeneral

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My path to Linux was different. I started on DOS, then Windows 3.1 and on up. Then in 2006 I bought my first Mac. In 2019 I bought and sold my last Mac and moved over to Linux, building my own PC.

I’ve played with Linux over the years off and on in VM’s or secondary PC’s. A couple of years ago I switched from Windows 10 at my office to Linux after an update reset all of my personal start menu tiles for the last time. But it was a couple of years at home on the Mac still until I decided to leave Mac for Linux.

Over the years I’ve used Ubuntu, Mint, Pop!_OS, Manjaro, MX and probably others I don’t recall.

After distro-hopping for a while I settled on Arch and that’s where I’ve been and plan on staying for a while.
 
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evilmurries

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I installed fedora 31 onto my lenovo laptop and pc yesterday, and started getting all the dev tools set up. I actually have been running linux on the laptop for a while now because I was displeased with my 2016 13" mbp. Recently got my first computer job as a sysadmin and that came with a 15" mbp, so between that and my personal iMac most work is still done in macOS.

The plan right now is to develop the workflow. Once I feel comfortable working exclusively in fedora, I will probably see about selling my iMac to get a monitor. The PC has a windows gaming partition on it so there is a familiar commercial os to fall back on in an emergency. Currently the biggest things holding me back to the apple ecosystem is having to learn terminal differences and the software integrations that come with the apple environment. The big ones for me are iMessages and seamless notes handoff with iOS. Swift has been fun, and I thought about pursuing a job in that kind of development, but currently I am getting more enjoyment out of learning and doing projects with golang.
 

Reflej0

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Hello, I am a user of the 3 operating systems, starting first with Windows since age 15, Linux approx since age 20 and OS X since age 24, I am 25 years old haha.
I did not make a direct transition from OS X to Linux, but the distribution I currently use is Linux Mint (previously I used Ubuntu, and I have some experience in Debian and CentOS)
I recommend 100% Linux Mint or alternatively Ubuntu, they are very easy to use Linux operating systems, they are recommended for people who come from Windows, they have friendly graphical interfaces, they do not consume many resources (although they are not characterized by being the least consumed).
Coming from OS X then:
  • If you use Linux Mint you can install programs via the Software Manager (similar to the OS X App Store) and install programs with extension .deb (similar to .dmg) you can also install programs in other ways such as extensions .tar.gz and lines of command, etc.
  • Forget about using the Microsoft Office, in its place is the OpenOffice, whose interface is not as pleasant as the original Office.
  • The default browser is Firefox, you can install, not so easily, Safari if you need it.
  • Linux Mint is the distribution where you have fewer problems with drivers and compatibility in general, but there are cases to give an example: Incompatibility or hidden drivers for Wi-Fi boards.
There are many more differences, but I tried to list a few.
I believe that each operating system has a purpose and although it can "live" using only one, using all 3 daily should not be bad.
  • Windows: Definitely for Gaming, and in general, when you need to do something fast without complications.
  • Linux: Useful for programming (compared to Windows), since having bash natively benefits from related languages, and also useful for server machines.
  • OS X: Useful for programming for Apple devices, and for rapid transfer between devices such as iPads, iPhones, etc; In addition to exclusive tools such as Pro Tools, Final Cut X, and I'm sure forgetting some other benefits.
 

LeeW

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Install VirtualBox, install any Linux flavour you want and try it out to see whether you can live with it before making any decision. For your use case, a virtualised install will work just fine for testing.
 

faust

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I started using Linux with Ubuntu's Hoary Hedgehog release back in 2005-ish. I'm very familiar with it, but I don't like having to fiddle with the distro on a daily basis, so I switched to macOS with the 16" MBP. No longer do I have to reload PulseAudio to get my Sony 1000mx3 to work. Woo. It's just not useful for me, although I would very likely use it if I ever stopped needing excellent support of Nvidia dGPUs(to allow me to play games). I truly hope AMD continues to improve their dGPU offerings to be on par with Nvidia.
 
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