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Discussion on: I'm planning to ditch my MacBook and move away from laptop computing

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Ben Halpern Author

I'm happy to hear other suggestions πŸ˜„

For any secondary laptop-type machine I'd expand to Google's offerings etc. but I'm not even aware of anything outside Mac/Linux/Windows ecosystems in terms of something I'd reasonably work with. I've heard of things like Redox, but hadn't considered alternatives. Now that you mention it, I kind of want to.

Secretly I would love to build a DEV-OS, which would basically be a developer-centric OS that natively hooks into your DEV profile for interacting more richly with this community. But that's another discussion altogether.

Do you have any OS suggestions I might want to check out?

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Sethu Senthil

I would love this, mannn.. let's get started! DEV os!

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BinaryDigit

Yesss yesss welcome to the dark side! I completely understand the home office/work office desktop setup. I use all 3 os's for different purposes, so you can always do that if you'd like. (Windows for gaming, Mac for home office/certain software, and linux on a Dell XPS 13 that I take with me for dev work.)

If you go Ubuntu, it's very popular/easy to use and always being updated, customizable and of course open source. Or you can wait to see if a new Mac mini will be released in a couple of weeks. I have the 2014 model and it's still going strong after an SSD drive upgrade.

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Alex Kharouk

I've been looking at the Dell XPS 13 for a while now as a possible upgrade for me. What is your opinion on transitioning from a MacOS/Windows programming background to Ubuntu?

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BinaryDigit • Edited on

I find it quite seamless as I mainly write websites in JS/any open source stack. All major text editors such as Atom, Sublime, VSCode, etc are written for all linux/deb based distros such as Ubuntu. Running updates is also pretty great and haven't run into any issues so far!

The only thing I miss are programs for created specifically for Mac such as Sketch (MacOS) or Lightroom (for personal photography projects). So if you do more front-end or design work it might be an issue. YMMV

Edit: If you use Unity or code in C#, obviously this will be an issue, but you can stick to Windows for that if needed. :)

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Alex Kharouk

Wow thanks for the reply Liz! That really helped.

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Elton Alves

I started to use fedora this week, and i`m enjoying it so far! I was using Debian based (ubuntu), but i felt that fedora is better to install new programs and the user interface is better than ubuntu

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tux0r

Are you aware that the user interface is independent of your distribution?

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Elton Alves • Edited on

I mean default user interface. My mistake!

Edited: in this case just about information Gnome 3

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tux0r

You can set the default user interface during the installation process. :)

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Elton Alves

I didn't know about that! Thanks about information!

The default for my was gnome 3!

Great observation man. Thanks!

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Marc Mercer

I would actually disagree with the 'default interface' statement, at least in the case of both Fedora AND Ubuntu. With Fedora, you can get into depth and customize it, but if you wanted, say KDE, you would normally use the KDE dedicated spin. Same for Ubuntu, which also defaults to non KDE. For that, you would use Kubuntu. It's not always as 'simple' as 'just choose the ui you want' because many different changes have been made that you wind up with packages you dont need, may have conflicts, etc.

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tux0r

While I'm happy to try various systems whenever I can, I agree with you that Redox is not complete enough just yet.

Being a developer, I can recommend Solaris (OpenIndiana or Tribblix) and BSD (FreeBSD or OpenBSD) though. Especially OpenBSD is a very fine desktop OS in my experience.

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BinaryDigit

I've never tried BSD, I should give it a go πŸ€” Anything better than a Debian based linux such as Ubuntu? Or just different?

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tux0r • Edited on

Ubuntu has a number of problems, one of which being systemd which is a giant mess, others involving repeating issues where one could just skip a lockscreen by pressing Enter. What do you need from a desktop OS that Ubuntu gives you and other systems don't?

"Better" is not defined that well.

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Lewis Cowles

try HaikuOS (slightly Joking) it's ancestor BeOS was hands-down the best OS of it's time. I was gutted when Be Inc failed. It was clean, fast, had lots of software and a really healthy community. I'm gutted my C++ is not good enough to have written anything amazing for it.

Downsides are FF and Chrome support, virtualisation, probably a heap of non-core development environments and tools.

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tux0r

Haiku is nice, actually. :)