Sunday, July 24, 2022

A Linux laptop

Before we begin, let me start by saying when I mention Linux in context with a desktop or laptop computer, I'm talking GNU/Linux. If that distinction doesn't mean anything to you, that's okay. It's not all that important for the purposes of the discussion here. But I know how some Linux people are, and this is to shut them up. So, now I'll begin...

I've mentioned before that I finally got a Linux desktop computer running and had begun using it to write the posts here. And that has been true since then. Well, mostly true.

I'm not writing this post on my Linux desktop. I'm writing on my Linux laptop.

I had mentioned about having converted an old Dell laptop to a Linux device, but was not happy with the results. Not the Linux part, but the Dell part. It was a decent but cheap Dell laptop. And while Linux OS is a great way to extend the life of many computers, it doesn't do anything about the hardware. Cheap hardware is cheap hardware. So, I wanted something better. And I mentioned having a MacBook Pro that I wanted to use, but was having a time with updating or replacing parts.

Those concerns are no longer concerns. I'm writing this on a MacBook Pro running GNU/Linux. It has a 1 TB SSD I put in and that works great. All of the hardware is excellent, which you know if you've used a MacBook Pro. The only trouble I'm having is retraining my fingers for the Control and Command buttons.

When I'm on a Windows device, I have no trouble hitting CTRL+C for copy, CTRL+V for paste, and so on. When I'm on a Mac I have no trouble hitting COMMAND+C for copy, COMMAND+C for paste, and so on. However, using the default configuration, I need to use Windows key combinations when using Linux. That means CTRL+C not COMMAND+C for copy, and so on. And, for those that don't know, Mac keyboards have both Control and Command buttons, so keeping them straight can get confusing.

Still, I like using a MacBook for a laptop, so I'll be doing more writing on my laptop, as I used to do. I can now use either desktop or laptop and achieve my goal of trying to use Linux exclusively for my computer use.

There are still some things that require Windows or Mac -- nothing to do with what's written here, but other stuff I either need or want to do -- so I will use a Windows or Mac device when necessary. But I'm still trying to focus on using Linux, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I'm quite comfortable writing about my Streaming Life using devices that run the GNU/Linux operating system. I just need to get more comfortable using it with other things as well.

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