Wednesday, February 13, 2019

So, BunsenLabs Linux?

I was inspired by @CubicalNate 's list of "Top 5 Linux Distributions for Everyday Desktop Computing".

His number 5 is BunsenLabs Linux; so here we go.

The installer makes me feel like I am installing straight debian.

Have you ever done that?

I did, once, and it wasn't on the first attempt either. And when it was installed, I didn't know what to do with it.

From previous experiences, I wouldn't dare to even try to install this on a laptop WITHOUT an ethernet cable plugged into it. These rough looking installers don't know what to do with some wifi cards, and if there is no internet already connected via ethernet cable, a failed install is the result (and maybe a pouty lip and a few tears in your milk).

Installation went fine.

And maybe I should note that I have since expanded my EFI/boot partition to 256MB after openSUSE, and surprisingly, deepin BOTH require that size...

Upon reboot I was greeted by a 15 page welcome screen that wants to help me set up things. Good :) !

  • I like the "Don't Break Debian" link. Read it if you haven't already.

  • Software updates...
  • Additional background images...
  • Java support (YA!)...
  • Activate Debian Backports... Really?! Cool!
  • Bunsen Backports? Cool...
  • Flash?! YES!!! And they give you the option to only install flash in Chromium and leave Firefox without... Really?!

  • DropBox...

  • (I'm starting to see why straight Debian didn't work for me; I needed help from somewhere)

  • Then it got into Version Control Tools, Lamp Stack, packaging tools... that was interesting.

I really do see why straight debian was so bad for me without all the help that BunsenLabs offers.

Time to explore, but...

I was a little freaked out without a start button or a whisker menu button, or any menu button at all.

You have to press the "Super" button (Windows button) to get your menu.

Wow! I now see why the list of shortcut keys was in a conky list on the desktop. Thankfully!

I thought I would forego any nvidia X Server nonsense and just see what happens, but, I used the native ARandR screen layout editor, but it didn't save my settings on reboot. Actually, my setting are saved and I can open and load them, but they don't load by default?

I'm confused...

For office products they have Libre Writer and Gnumeric Spreadsheet? Why mix? It is easy enough to install other Libre features with the "install" right in the menu.

Other things can be installed RIGHT FROM THE MAIN MENU. Things like Google Chrome, Chromium, and a myriad of graphics and multimedia programs.

Instead of hunting for the program installation widget, you install right from the main menu - neat idea! And, Synaptic Package Manager is there too, if you dare.

BunsenLabs Linux is unique.

I like it.

I'll just have to try to figure out the monitor settings issue.

And, I'll have to get Dr. Bunsen Honeydew as my wallpaper

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