Monday, December 3, 2018

Distro Hunt/Hop

I love fixing broken things; it's a compulsion. If it is broken, I can't walk away; I have to fix it before I can settle.

It's just the way I am.

But, my stuff is not supposed to break, ever. When it does, it irritates me to no end.

I despise Microsoft's Windows operating systems. It breaks, and breaks stuff all the time. It ships as a broken product more times than not. Like a plague, it is everywhere.

I have to use it when I'm working; I have no choice.

If I had a choice, I'd use my favorite Linux distro, MX-17.

But, and here is the point, MX has been malfunctioning lately.

One of my work stations is a high fluting HP Envy desktop computer. It was problematic from the start. It has Windows and MX installed on, not without much despair. The first attempt at installation was strange, but was not the first experience like this. If I booted the pc into MX, it was fine, but if I booted into Windows, the GRUB menu disappeared and I had no more access to MX.

I have experienced this before with HP computers, recently.

The fix is to ignore the UEFI interface, and install both operation systems in a "legacy" environment. That is odd for a computer made in 2015, but... it works.

...or, at least. it did.

Now, when I boot into MX, it locks up. It seems a little random, but it locks up every time, eventually.

I thought it might be Firefox (seen it before), so I went into the settings and turned off all hardware acceleration. That didn't fix it.

Next work station, a Dell, developed a new issue - one of the screens flickers. It works fine in Windows, but in MX one of the screens flickers. It has worked fine all year, until I moved it. I have yet to try a different monitor and cables, but, it works fine in Windows...

One of the joys of Linux is "community" - a group of enthusiasts and developers there with help and suggestions.

Although, when you get people that are very passionate about something, nerds and geeks alike, emotions can run high, and feelings, well, do you see where I'm going here?

I don't dislike the community, but I'm not comfortable there. My fight or flight has always been flight because fighting online is not healthy or profitable... There was never a fight, but the mods over-lording the posts and one of the developers stalking me... I haven't left the community, and I only snoop around the forum to see if anyone else has similar problems and solutions, but I resist the urge to post anymore.


1) In typing this, I think I need to bench the Dell. First, re-seat the graphics card and see what happens. Next, replace the monitor and cables.

2) Use only Windows on my workstations. Have Windows installed on them only. Personal computers can have Linux only, or both, but are for personal use only.

3) Try another Linux distribution. Oh boy. Deepin has a new edition that people seem to like, and Deepin is debian-based like MX. The support is rather lacking due to the language barrier (Deepin is made in China). They do have an English speaking side to the forum, but there was only one guy in there that could answer my questions; who knows if he still frequents the place. Zorin was great when I first tried it, but seemed to get worse as time went on. And, it is 'buntu-based. The 'buntu's were getting worse with each release last I checked (April '18) so... Then, the other that stands out in my mind is Solus...

Yep, it is time to designate a computer for distro hopping... again.

Let the fun begin.

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