softpedia: Pear OS Linux was a very successful Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that wanted to provide an experience similar to Mac OS X.
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I want to love Linux for the fact that it is open source and probably the most secure OS out there, but after various attempts at making the switch over the years--mostly to Ubuntu and Linux Mint--I can't seem to use it for more than a month at a time.
Part of the problem is the lack of applications. I'm a journalist, and most of what I do involves a browser and a word processor, but even then, it shouldn't be that bad.
LibreOffice is nice, but there are always irritating formatting issues when editing Word documents, and Calc is alright but nowhere near as powerful as Excel. I can do everything I need to do with GIMP, but Inkscape and Scribus just don't cut it. A native Evernote or OneNote app would be nice. I wish I could use Mozilla's version of Firefox and not Canonical's in Ubuntu without running into issues.
The formatting issues in Writer can easily be solved, but it's just needless, irritating work. I can always boot into Windows once a week when I need Illustrator and InDesign, but that's getting old. As for Firefox, well, it's stupid to have to wait after Canonical.
Most irritating though are the little things and just the general lack of polish. Want to install an application, for instance? Sometimes it's as easy as using the Ubuntu Software Centre. Other times you have to go through a bunch of command lines in Terminal, hoping you won't run into dependency issues.
Is it ever going to be the year of Linux on desktop, or is Linux doomed to be the OS of servers, supercomputers and a few programmers?
Why do you use Linux, and what do you use it for?submitted by orwellianpopsicle
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I have done some searching and can find posts of how to set this up, but no real reports on if it actually runs well or not.
I am looking to run a cheap, low power file server for my house. I have two laptops and one iMac in my house (Windows laptop for my wife, iMac is shared and an Arch laptop for myself) and I would like to be able to access my music and videos from all of these. Probably not at the same time, so that could make things a little bit easier.
Last week I set up an old computer I had kicking around as a proof-of-concept for this working. It's an old single core 1.something processor with half a gig of ram running my files off of a USB 2 hard drive and I was shocked at how well it performed. No issues at all streaming videos to my laptop, and I set the computer up through SSH in Arch, so outside of the initial boot up I didn't have to have a monitor set up.
The Beaglebone Black has the same amount of ram and a similar processor (as far as I can tell) with the added bonus of an HDMI out so I could hook it up to my TV for install and watch movies on my TV, it takes way less power so I wouldn't feel bad about always having it on, and it's not huge and ugly so my wife won't be upset.
Is there anything I am missing that would make this less ideal than I think it would be?
edit I could also look into a Pi if that would be better, but I found reports that it's slow for a server. Peoples expectations could be lower than mine though, so if anybody could chime in on that in regards to what I want to do that would be great.submitted by micahjbell
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MakeTechEasier: Gnome Shell allows you to modify it any way you want by installing extensions.
LinuxPlanet: FreeBSD hasn't had the same commercial success in the market as Linux over the last decade.