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Giving Linux another try

This article is part of a series titled Trying Linux 2022. You can read the other items in there series here:

  1. Giving Linux another try
  2. Finding a Linux distro and software that work
  3. There is no multi-tasking on the Raspberry Pi

I felt inspired by an article by Hey Homepage and recent episode of The Changelog podcast to give Linux another try. This description just sounds so nice:

For over a year now, I use a Raspberry Pi 4 (with 8GB of RAM) as my daily desktop computer. I browse the internet, read and send e-mails, program software, edit photos, create images, watch Youtube videos and play games on it. Without any significant problems.

So tonight I’m dusting off the ol’ Raspberry Pi and trying a fresh installation of Ubuntu Mate. Why Mate? Because it was recommended in the article above. The latest time I needed a low-powered Ubuntu flavor I used Lubuntu, but that is probably 10 years ago. Time flies!

I don’t expect to completely change my computing habits; as a front-end focused developer I feel pretty compelled to stick with macOS. But I’m looking forward to peeking outside of the Apple ecosystem, even in a sandbox, to get a better picture of the world out there in 2022.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions, because I don’t know what I’m doing. 😄



About the author

Sean McPherson is a software engineer for Khan Academy who specializes in web and mobile app development. He lives with his wife, sons, and dog in Pittsburgh, PA.