Elementary OS

If you are floating around in the Linux world and wanting to check out Elementary OS, look at these tips here below. A few other linux distro’s to consider if you really love eOS would be Solus, Manjaro and MX Linux. Fedora is really good stuff too, but you might be interested in the desktop environment KDE or XFCE instead of Gnome.

  • Check out this growing Discord server to get help from good folk – https://discord.gg/pCenUBu
  • Ubuntu and Elementary OS share similar cores, so many helpful guides and tips and tricks can also be rolled over to eOS
  • Using Snapcraft I installed Brave Browser and a few other apps – https://snapcraft.io/
  • I also added Tweaks app so I can bring the minimize function back to Elementary OS without having to use default hotkey Win + H.
  • The most useful app I found in the AppCenter is called Desktop Folder.

You can easily burn an Elementary OS iso file to a USB thumbdrive to make a live install media with Gnome MultiWriter.

Here are some things I love about eOS:

  • The workspace switcher module is really nice and very crisp. I was hit with a bug though, they made it so when I switch desktops, the active app would be switched with it… which kind of makes the whole workspaces thing worthless.
  • The sound notifications and fluid animations make everything about eOS exciting.

Here are my complaints with using eOS:

  • no Web Search capability from the Application Search menu in the wingpanel
    • I found a work-around by using Ulauncher and setting hotkey to F1. You can install extensions if you want to give it more power
  • The stock browser is a forked watered down version of Firefox. It uses firefox sync but does not let you use extensions… pretty much worthless along with the mail app. Both those were removed and replaced.

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