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I Switched To Linux For A Week. You Should Too.

It would seem that Linux and specifically Ubuntu has come a long way in the past 5 years. When I first tried Ubuntu around 2012 it seemed clunky and unable to meet many of my basic computing needs. A lot has changed in the past 5 years and after using Ubuntu Budgie for the past week, I can unequivocally say that this is no longer the case.

I decided to give Budgie a try after Windows 10 started serving up advertisements in the native desktop mail application. When Windows 10 was first released I was quite excited, the interface was sleek and it addressed nearly all of the problems in Windows 8. It was everything I could hope for in an operating system. It soon became apparent that this would come at the price of increasingly intrusive advertisements riddled across the operating system. I tolerated them at first, but just like cable tv I can’t accept a service that I’ve paid for serving advertisements.

Enter Ubuntu Budgie. It sports a sleek and responsive interface that is streamlined and rivals all of the other commercial operating systems. It is intuitive to use and incredibly responsive. At no point during the past week did I struggle to find what I was looking for.

The default “app store” enables setting up your desktop quickly and completely.

The integrated software application (similar to the app store) makes it easy to find and install the most commonly used software programs. Within minutes I was able to find and install office software, steam, podcast apps and email.

Speaking of steam, the collection of games for Linux is nothing short of incredible. Compared to only a few short years ago, the collection of compatible games has grown dramatically. Nearly all of my favorites were available including all of the Paradox titles, Don’t Starve, and Factorio.

Games such as Don’t Starve run flawlessly. The collection of games on Steam is incredible!

It would seem that at this point that Ubuntu Budgie has solved all of the issues that I originally had, but one remains. While QGIS works flawlessly on budgie, ArcGIS does not. I will be exploring how to run ArcGIS on Budgie into the coming weeks, but until then it is the main thing keeping me from a full switch. Unfortunately until I resolve this problem, I will be forced to keep Windows 10 running on at least one of my computers.

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