Posts Tagged JetBrains Rider

Garuda Linux vs Zorin OS

I recently talked about why migrate to Linux. There are many distros out there, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are some advice that will help you get started if you choose to go that route.

First, don’t be intimidated by all the distros. Linux as a whole is a set of components plugged together. Linux distros are essentially configuration presets. You can make any distro look like any other distro by changing its components and configuration.

That being said, there are two major branches of Linux distros: Ubuntu-based and Arch-based. The difference is that Ubuntu has a static update cycle, meaning less frequent and more stable updates, whereas Arch has a rolling update cycle, meaning continual daily updates and less stability.

Power-users often preach Arch distros like a religion. What you need to know is that Arch-based systems can break down 4 times per year and require manual intervention to fix. You often can find the solutions with a quick search online and type the commands in the shell. If you’re not comfortable with that, then perhaps Ubuntu-based is best for you. One power-user had installed Garuda (Arch-based) on his wife’s laptop and recommended me NOT to do that.

Here’s a review of Windows 11 from the perspective of a Linux user.

The most popular Ubuntu-based distros are Ubuntu, Pop! OS and Linux Mint, whereas the most popular Arch-based distro is Manjaro. After doing plenty of research, there are newer fast-running contestants in the horizon that have my personal …Read More

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Migrating to Windows 11… or Linux?

This is a different topic than usual, but I always want to be on top of what’s coming. Windows 11 is coming out. Who is excited about it?

The Linux community.

Let me muscle-test something. Desktop and laptop usage of Linux over time:
– Now: 1.75% (including dual-boot)
– 1 year: 2.65%
– 2 years: 3.82% or 15.2% (???)
– 3 years: 15.6% or 18.3%
– 4 years: 16.2% or 19.7%
– 5 years: 18.2% or 23.6%

There are still variable timelines, but one thing is clear: Linux will see exponential growth.

I did some initial testing of Linux and am considering switching. I tried Korin OS 16 which looks great for Windows users. Some issues though:

– Steam and Wine display way too small

– For .NET programming, JetBrains Rider can replace Visual Studio and they offer free Open Source license; but their license is a pain to quality for, with no guarantee that you’ll quality for renewal next year. I suggested them to offer a Community edition; let’s see whether they take the feedback.

– Big problem: my own .NET applications don’t work, including the Powerliminals Player and 432hz Player that I use all the time. I’m currently working on porting those to be cross-platform.

As for games, Linux now supports most Windows games using Proton and Lutris, but Fortnite won’t work so I can’t migrate my daughter’s laptop.

Linux is still difficult for non-geeks to use, and I expect rapid evolution over the coming years as their user-base grows from “privacy advocates” to people who want some kind of decisions about their …Read More

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