Linux on the Desktop: a Quick Follow Up

Could this really be true? I’m pinching myself.

After such an excruciating effort to install Linux on the Desktop just a few months ago, I found myself having to do it all again.

But this time, it was easy. That’s in large part thanks to a neat little trick I found to install the wireless drivers without wireless internet. We’ll get to that shortly.

I’ve also distro-hopped from Ubuntu Studio to Linux Mint – which means going from Xfce to Cinnamon. I’ll share my thoughts on both changes.

But first, disaster:

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Linux on the Desktop: Are We Nearly There Yet?

The numbers are pretty stark: Linux might be the backbone of everything from embedded devices to mainframes and super computers. But it has just a 2% share of desktops and laptops.

It seems the only way to get most people to even touch it is to rip away everything you recognise as Linux to rebuild it as Android.

Until recently, I was in the 98%. I honestly wasn’t even conflicted. I used Linux most days both for work and for hobbies – but always in the cloud or on one of those handy little project boards that are everywhere now. For my daily driver, it was Windows all the way.

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