in the last weeks to friends of mine did the switch to linux.
I promised to list the programs/extensions I use on my ubuntu laptop.
Here they are, in no specific order.
I switched to Kubuntu on the Dell laptop. The gnome desktop is not flexible enough for me. KDE is nice, there is just one glitch I do not understand: Only in Kubuntu installing .deb packages with apt or doubleklick I got frequently a "Not resolved dependencies" error. I was in despair, but then I read this error is a fake, I should use dpkg -i to install. And... that did it. Why??? And another problem I did not see in Ubuntu: The NAS smb was shown in Nautilus, but not in Dolphin... My Ubuntu and / (a few of them) Kubuntu mods: gnome extensions applications menue extension alphabetical app grid extension (jiggle) espanso / autokey midnight commander (mc) nmap Gaucho super tux cart ;-) Terminator btop iftop Gnome gmail Gnome Sushi dock to panel Tiling Assistant Okular Dokumentenviewer / Kate XN View shotcut darktable openscad freetuxtv network stats extension (executor extension) (ettercap) (etherape) stacer google earth view wallpaper Google earth get -O google-earth64.deb http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i google-earth64.deb sudo apt-get -f install; rm google-earth64.deb nvidea ubuntu-drivers autoinstall Fingerprint reader Dell laptop: echo " deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-dell public deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-oem public deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville public deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville-melisa public" | \ sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/focal-dell.list # Add the Dmacbook airell repository key (F9FDA6BED73CDC22) to apt sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys F9FDA6BED73CDC22 sudo apt update # Install fingerprint reader packages sudo apt install -y \ oem-somerville-melisa-meta \ oem-somerville-meta \ libfprint-2-tod1-goodix \ tlp-config reboot, dann User, Authent… und Fingerprint Macbook Air I tried Fedora: Bad WiFi and difficult to install propietory drivers. I tried Arch and Manjero: Very flaky and slow WiFi with all tested drivers. I tried Parrot OS: Nice, but the touchpad was difficult to use, jumpy, and the fonts not so readable.. I tried Linux Mint: Splendid WiFi but no smt devices detected, Network detection crashed. Reinstall...the same problem. No one could help me in the groups, even the specialist google had no solutions. Pop OS: Worse. Programs got stuck alarmingly often, bad wifi and crashes of fontmanager every time.. I tried Ubuntu: Everything worked out of the box. Bravo! I switched to Kubuntu: Everything working! Great. (Just the same apt dependencies error as described above) BTW, I had to install the german gui for Libreoffice by myself, it defaulted to English. sudo apt install libreoffice-help-de sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-de Than I had to set the screen manually to 1600x900, using an entry in ~\.profiles. xrandr It outputs current screen resolution as well as all available solutions. All I needed here is the display device name, in my case, it’s eDP-1. cvt 1600 900 Replace 1600 900 (1600X900 in my case) in the command to your desired screen resolution. Copy the Modeline, and run command to add new mode: sudo xrandr --newmode "1600x900_60.00" 118.25 1600 1696 1856 2112 900 903 908 934 -hsync +vsync Now add the new created mode for your display device: sudo xrandr --addmode eDP-1 "1600x900_60.00" Finally Apply the new resolution in the Display settings To make Ubuntu remember the new created screen resolution at next start, you have to edit the .profile via command: sudo nano) ~/.profile And insert at the end: xrandr --newmode "1600x900_60.00" 118.25 1600 1696 1856 2112 900 903 908 934 -hsync +vsync xrandr --addmode eDP-1 "1600x900_60.00" ...more to come as the journey goes on...