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About captain_aggravated

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  • Location
    North Carolina
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  • CPU
    4th generation Intel Core i7 i7-4510U 2.0 GHz
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
    16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon R7 M265, allegedly
  • Case
    Dell Inspiron 7547 Chassis
  • Storage
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD, 1TB
  • PSU
    Inconveniently shaped power brick
  • Display(s)
    2x Dell Ultrasharps, one working, one broken
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
    Cooler Master Quickfire Ultimate, Brown Switches
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Ergo trackball
  • Sound
    Just this constant screeching any time I'm awake
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint Cinnamon

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  1. When I bought my laptop, I bought an accessory with it: A Dell-branded DisplayLink USB dock. It can drive up to two 1080p monitors through USB 3.0. Linux doesn't support it out of the box. I googled "displaylink linux driver," the first hit was DisplayLink's website offering a driver for Ubuntu. I clicked a button, a .zip downloaded, inside was a file called displaylink-driver-4.4.24.run. Right clicked, ran as root. Driver installed. Second monitor blinked on. I use a 3D printer slicer software called Simplify3D. This is a commercial product, I paid $150 for a 2-seat license. Th
  2. I'm the other way. Never used an iPhone for longer than "Hey, could you take a picture of us real quick" but I just got an S10e. Size: It feels huge to me, mind you I upgraded from a 4.5" S4 mini. ALL phones are too large if you ask me, so being the smallest in the range is a feature to me, not a drawback. Display: I don't see any problems; it's bright, clear and rather large. It's non-curved, which make screen protectors easier to deal with. The hole punch is actually fun to play with; mine is the superlaser of the Death Star! Cameras: A significant improvement ov
  3. Switching to Linux is as easy or as hard as you make it. I inadvertently made the transition easy on myself because I bought a Raspberry Pi to use for ham radio, and I learned Linux as a hobby project. It came in handy when Windows 8.1 happened to me. Or, you can decide that you're gonna nuke every computer in the house and go without until you've got Gentoo up and running. Linux CAN be very lightweight. It can also be a big fat bastard like me. For example, Cinnamon aims to be full-featured and polished, while LXDE stands for "lightweight x desktop environment." Generally s
  4. I started using Linux Mint in 2014, with version 17. I'm now using 18.3, and when it's time to shift again I'll probably head to Manjaro. I did briefly try Mint 19.1, and it just didn't work right for me. I don't know if I screwed something up or what, but lawd a lot of things didn't work right so I pulled back to 18.3. I haven't really had many issues with system stability. I have seen Cinnamon occasionally restart, usually because I did something stupid. I've never actually crashed the OS, I've never seen a kernel panic. There are a couple silly little
  5. If you want a Windows-lke desktop experience, probably not mainline Ubuntu. Gnome is a lot closer to MacOS than Windows. Mint Cinnamon edition and Kubuntu are more Windows 7 like, Ubuntu Mate or Xubuntu will feel a bit more "classic" than that. My usual advice, don't get married to your first distro. They're free, download a bunch of them and try them out.
  6. There's no replacing going on, you will have a /home directory. It is indeed where the Documents, Pictures etc. directories live. /home is the equivalent to C:\Users on a Windows system. The Mint installer gives you the option to give that directory it's own separate partition. From that question, I'm assuming that you're used to Windows and haven't used a Unix file system before. A brief orientation: In Windows, each logical partition gets it's own drive letter, and each drive letter has its own tree structure. In Unix, there is one, and only one tree structure. It has one
  7. Well look, my general MO is to say "try it, see if it'll work for you, if it doesn't, fine, use Windows, if it does, use Linux." Doing nothing but steering people away ain't going to help anything.
  8. Desktop Linux does very few things truly well. The real killer PC apps, 3D CAD, the Adobe creative suite, and gaming, largely don't support Linux. Basic desktop stuff like web browsing, email, Youtube, and Office work great in Linux, so the people with next to no computer needs would be well served in Linux. And many of them are...via ChromeOS. The rest won't bother uninstalling Windows. Creative or engineering power users really and truly are stuck, because GIMP, kdenlive and FreeCAD are not worthy replacements for Photoshop, Premiere and Solidworks, and they never will be. Linux is a v
  9. You will have to create at least one partition. That partition can span the entire drive, and / (root) will be mounted on it. /home will be part of /root, and you won't have a swap partition. There's a debate as to whether to use an SSD for swap because of the write cycle limitation, I do have a swap partition on mine to enable hibernating and for the occasional overrun, but I seldom overrun my 16GB of RAM. Benefits of having a separate /home partition on a 1-drive install: You can encrypt the whole partition in addition to files/directories in that partition.
  10. Okay, here are my recommendations on how to switch from Windows to Linux with a focus on gaming, without outright warning you off. Go through your Steam library, look at the games that are most important to you, look at their store pages at where the Windows and Apple icons appear. If there's also a Steam logo there, it'll be Linux compatible. In my case, it just so happened that basically all of my games lined up with Linux availability. Climbing up onto a soapbox for a minute, many of the games that aren't available for Linux are made by the same developers that have major co
  11. There are certainly Linux distros that are a LOT lighter in terms of RAM and processor threads compared to Windows, but double check they'll run the software you want, and that you're willing to live with them. That's why I suggested trying some out.
  12. That is to say, it is case sensitive. ls d* searches for files that begin with a lowercase d, ls D* for files with an uppercase D. ls | grep -i d* will ignore case.