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H:
I have been working my way through the above modules. Which I might say has been very helpful so far.

There is a couple points of interest I thought, that I might mention here, if I may.

1. Linux is Not Windows
2. Snaps on Ubuntu

1. I came across the last item in the list of modules and links, "Linux is Not Windows"

good read, and takes away any pre concieved ideas, or thoughts one might of had about the Linux. It clearly tells you what it is not and what it could be.

Really good stuff, and my thoughts for that topic, I think should be the very first thing one reads before they do anything else before or after an install. I would have loved this to be the first module I read from that link, not the last.

As a new user , it just gives you a background into what you are about to embark on, so rather be at the end of these modules, it needs to be in the beginning, as that is where my ideas of what I think need to be set aside. And look at it from a different perspective. Instead of thinking, this should be just like Windows, remembering newbies do not know any thing, and it would clearly and concisely put them in the picture.
Just a thought!

2. Snaps on Ubuntu
Now any newbie who sees Snaps on Ubuntu as a head line, is not thinking Linux, but rather the mind goes straight to snap on tools lol.
So one quickly grabs the article and starts reading, and see' that it is a bit like a snap on tool.
My question is though, when reading the article, and how that the snap command and the snap file installation process packages, are a little more user friendly, but come at a cost of larger files taking up larger chunks of hard drive space, less support for older machines. It also appears to not have the same theme through out, and it is not always official.

From what I have read and one of the reasons I moved to Linux Lite, was to have continuity, ease (once you get the hang of it) of use, clarity, and official cohesion through out the releases. Better use of hardware and processes.

The question begs to be asked then! Why would one want to go down the Snaps road?

I do understand that it is a choice, if you like it, try it, if not then don't, but are the creators of Linux Lite looking at it in the future?

H

Linux Lite 5.0 installed the other week, and I see Snap is part of the setup now, guess I answered my own question Huh!







 

Artim:
Linux Mint said "No way" to snaps and changed Ubuntu's default (now snaps) for it's latest release. I thought Linux Lite was doing the same... it's available but not the default as it is on Ubuntu.

My question is, with Ubu changing to snaps by default, what will happen to the vast Ubu repositories that all Ubu-based distros have relied on for years? Smaller distros like this one may have a hard time maintaining their own repositories that can offer the same level of software.

Şerban S.:

--- Quote from: Artim on June 19, 2020, 09:17:34 AM ---
My question is, with Ubu changing to snaps by default, what will happen to the vast Ubu repositories that all Ubu-based distros have relied on for years? Smaller distros like this one may have a hard time maintaining their own repositories that can offer the same level of software.

--- End quote ---
My guess is that on a short term, we'll still have the old Repos.
On a medium term, might use AppImage Apps.
On the long run though, it is hard to say anything. How can we even grasp where technology will get in say... 2 years from now?
Intel storage technologies, seems to offer huge storage capacity at a fair price.
Once storage increases, development might choose a different path for teamwork, different ideas might occure any second starting from now, regarding huge projects management software. GitHub, GitLab, are just "a solution". As far as I can see, people involved in projects like Linux Lite, are already looking for better solutions to manage their projects.
I guess Jerry himself is looking for diferent solutions, but "for now", Snap looks like being a safeway, in case things go sideways.
All this stuff is related, is intertwined.
Take a look on the "Social Network" software and paradigm.
Facebook, was a breakout. Now, it's "just another social network".
How long ago was this? 15 years?
Since I have never been a professional programmer, it is difficult for me to forsee what programmers might come with, say... next month. What about next term, or next year?
Do we have to worry for what is beyond us to do?
I guess the best chioice is "Stay tuned, move fast, be wise" :)

Albrecht Stefan:
SMU Linux tutorials for beginners with access to thetermpapers
Looking back at everything I've learned so far, I'd recommend UNIX Tutorial for Beginners by The University of Surrey - in a free access, if anyone is looking for a quick start.

Also, as a matter of fact, I don't understand people who prefer Lubuntu to Linux Lite  ::)

Şerban S.:

--- Quote from: Albrecht Stefan on September 25, 2020, 07:12:11 AM ---[...] I don't understand people who prefer Lubuntu to Linux Lite  ::)

--- End quote ---
Neither I.
I used both.
LUbuntu has lots of problems with the video drivers. While being small and fast was supposed to be it's strongest side, having trouble with the display subsystem, is the least thing I would tinker with. Fixing a "once-in-a-while" trouble is something, wasting endless hours to find workarounds and after some weeks start allover again, is the last thing I might be interested to do.
This is mainly why I settled with Linux Lite: Small, Fast, Trouble FREE. Well, since nothing is perfect, from time to time, one App or another, might crash for some reason. Usually , some kind of a solution can be found. Afterall, is any OS "trouble free 100%"? Never had the chance to see that in 26 years of computing...
Still, Linux Lite is the closest match to "Perfect OS". I am really subjective and anyone is subjective (for what matters). In fact, this is the definition of subjectivity: very tight bound to one's experience. However, my wife's computer works great for 12 months "all-in-a-row", so to speak. Never had any trouble so far.
Last maintainance I could make, was before 20 November 2019 though.
The only difference is that I now use Lite 5.0 an by the time my wife was home (works abroad), I installed Lite 4.8.
I guess it's self-explanatory how things work with Linux Lite.
Far more, we use Lite on 2 laptops and one desktop (the one in my signature). All working great. ;)

Have a great time with Lite! :)

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