LINUX Distro Installs
of this web-page author
A MENU of LINKS to
My preferred distro, circa 2021.
This page links to documentation on more than 7 Linux
'distro' installs - from 2009 through 2021 (and beyond?).
< Go to Menu, below. >
(Skip the following INTRO.)
After several years of experimenting with several different Linux 'distros' (from about 2006 to 2008), in 2009 I finally found a Linux distro (Ubuntu 9.10, 2009 October, 'Karmic Koala') that would allow me to migrate my 'main' home computer usage from a Microsoft operating system to a Linux operating system.
Around 2009-2010, I put Ubuntu 9.10 on several desktop computers. I also put Ubuntu (9.04 and 9.10) on several Acer 'netbook' computers.
I have recorded the 'specifications' of these netbook and desktop computers on a separate computer specifications page.
After Ubuntu abandoned the Gnome2 'desktop' environment and Nautilus file-manager and started developing their 'Unity' user interface, I decided to try the Linux Mint distro which, even though it was based on Ubuntu releases, was still using Gnome2-Nautilus for a release or two. This was around the 2011 time frame.
I really liked the Gnome2-Nautilus desktop environment. It made my 'workflow' --- in web page development and shell-and-Tcl/Tk script development--- flow smoothly.
However, I did not like the LinuxMint-MATE releases, because elements of the Cinnamon interface were merged into the MATE environment, resulting in a slower and clumsier interface than the old Gnome2 interface.
An Ubuntu-MATE 'distro' was developed around 2014, and around 2015 it became one of the 'blessed' releases ('flavours') of Ubuntu.
I had a very pain-free installation of Ubuntu-MATE in 2018. I think Ubuntu-MATE will be my favorite distro in the future.
Just in case I ever have to use LinuxMint-MATE on a desktop or netbook computer, I have documented a way of restoring the 'Top Panel' to the MATE desktop that has been 'gutted' by the LinuxMint folks.
Basis of the Linux Install Menu below:
I provided fairly detailed descriptions of the problems I encountered (and the work-arounds) in the several kinds of 'distros' that I installed.
I started out putting the install descriptions on two web pages --- for 'Ubuntu Installs' and, then, for 'LinuxMint installs'. But those web pages, after a few installs each, became quite unwieldy due to the lengthy descriptions. So some of those pages were 'forked' into other pages.
On some occasions, when I have wanted or needed to refer back to those old installs, I found that it was rather difficult to find a particular install among the long descriptions that were sometimes strung out on a single page --- and sometimes on their own page.
I was finding that it would be nice to have a chronological overview of my various Linux installs.
I decided to make this 'menu of Linux installs' so that I can quickly go to descriptions of any one of my past Linux installs.
Thusly ... the following menu.
MENU of Links to Linux Install Descriptions
(most recent installs first)
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Page was created 2018 Aug 26.