[NetBehaviour] linux laptops
helen varley jamieson
helen at creative-catalyst.com
Wed May 24 11:59:36 CEST 2017
i've had no trouble with wireless connectivity, just entered the details
& it worked. installing the printer driver via the command line was
easier than i expected too, i followed the instructions i found online &
it worked first time.
this laptop came with LibreOffice preinstalled, & i was going to switch
to Open Office since i've been using that for a few years already, but
then i found that i would have to deinstall Libre first if i wanted to
install OO. it started to look complicated & so far there doesn't seem
to be a lot of difference between Libre & OO so for now anyway i'm
staying with Libre.
yes, not being able to use flash to create swfs is a temporary problem
for me - since previously this was quite important for creating media
for UpStage. however we are now well underway with a rebuild that frees
the platform from flash, & everything is moving away from flash. i am
using blender for a few things - mainly simply text animation & video
editing - & have found it easier than i anticipated (anticipating
difficulty means that one can be more often pleasantly surprised ;) )
one thing i don't have yet & will need, is a good screen recording app
(audio-video). can anyone recommend one?
h : )
On 24.05.2017 10:35, ruth catlow wrote:
> I've been running Linux Mint on the same Samsung laptop for the last 4
> years without a single unfortunate incident... and low level
> maintenance. With Gimp, Open Office (sometimes annoying), Inkscape,
> Kdenlive, Audacity, VLC, Filezilla.
> Good wireless connectivity. Some trouble with print drives (that's it)
> Linux Ra Ra Rah!
> On 23/05/17 19:15, Edward Picot wrote:
>> Good for you! I agree that Linux is much less deterring than we are
>> generally led to believe. I started by putting it on an old spare
>> computer a few years ago, and since then I've been buying cheap
>> laptops and over-writing the existing Windows operating system with
>> Linux, which always gives me a bit of a transgressive thrill. Apart
>> from anything else you save a fortune in anti-virus fees. I started
>> out with Mandriva Linux - which was probably an odd choice, but I
>> came across a disc for it somewhere - but I now use Ubuntu.
>> Unfortunately Ubuntu 16, which is the one I'm currently using, has
>> some well-documented wireless connectivity problems, so I have to
>> connect to my router via an ethernet cable, not that that's the end
>> of the world. There are some rather lengthy fixes out there, but I
>> haven't got round to trying them yet.
>> The range and quality of software available for Linux never ceases to
>> amaze me. Libre Office, the Gimp, Audacity, Kdenlive and Inkscape are
>> all wonderful. As for Blender, it's mind-bending to be able to get
>> your hands on a piece of software that powerful for nothing, although
>> it's extremely challenging to learn (I've only scratched the
>> surface). The only thing I genuinely miss is Flash - but Flash in its
>> Adobe incarnation is now so expensive that I wouldn't be able to
>> afford it anyway.
>> On 22/05/17 09:47, helen varley jamieson wrote:
>>> hi everyone,
>>> more than a year ago i wrote to this list asking for advice about
>>> buying a linux laptop. it took me a while, but i'm now happily
>>> working with ubuntu mate on a no-brand machine :)
>>> i spent quite a lot of time looking at second-hand & B-ware
>>> (ex-display) machines, & also at new models (lenovo, dell, hp, acer,
>>> asus, etc etc ... ) & got quite overwhelmed by the choice &
>>> variables. nothing was exactly what i wanted, & i couldn't decide on
>>> what to compromise. i had a couple of things that were definite -
>>> not bigger than 14", must have ethernet port, prefereably separate
>>> audio in & out; so that narrowed things down quite a bit, but still
>>> i wasn't finding anything that felt right.
>>> then i found a uk company that sells no-brand laptops with linux
>>> pre-installed (https://www.entroware.com). i could choose the hard
>>> drive, RAM, keyboard layout, etc & it arrived 5 days after i ordered
>>> it. i took it out of the box, turned it on, & started using it. the
>>> trickiest thing i've had to do so far was use the command line to
>>> get it to talk nicely to my printer - & i managed that without
>>> i'm still adjusting to the non-mac keyboard shortcuts - it's easier
>>> to take a screenshot but more difficult to do an umlaut (ü), & there
>>> are a couple of things i still need to work out. & one loss is that
>>> there are no linux drivers for my wireless webcam, so i'm back to a
>>> tethered webcam for now. but it is soooo much faster than my old
>>> mac, & i've found most of the software that i need.
>>> so if anyone else out there is also considering making the switch to
>>> linux, i say - just do it! :)
>>> h : )
>>> helen varley jamieson
>>> helen at creative-catalyst.com <mailto:helen at creative-catalyst.com>
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