This was my first ever computer. I was thrilled to get it for Christmas in 1982 (I think). Commodore Computers were popular in my family because my dad had a Commodore PET computer as well. This ad featuring William Shatner makes it all the cooler.
I have been running Microsoft Windows exclusively on my home desktop computer since I got it several months ago. Windows has served me well at work and at home but I got the itch to dual boot operating systems on my computer so I installed Ubuntu Budgie which is an open source Linux based operating system that works a lot like Windows and looks a little like the Mac OSX.
Both OS’s have their strong points but like Hannah Montana I wanted the best of both worlds. Linux is much more customizable because it is open source. Windows has a rich application platform and I need it for home productivity and there are things that it runs that Ubuntu Budgie does not.
In a way it allows me to have two somewhat different computers in one. This is going to give me flexibility and a little bit of fun. As a matter of fact I am writing this post on Ubuntu Budgie.
I am a minimalist when it comes to my computer desktop. There are no icons on it other than those on the lower taskbar on Windows 10. The desktop depicted on the right in the above illustration would drive me nuts and I don’t know how people find things with it that chaotic. To me in this situation less is more.
I bought a new computer this past week and it came with Microsoft Windows 10 Professional. This is the first time I have used Windows at home on a regular basis in quite some time. Like anything, there is a learning curve that goes along with it. I am getting to know it and there are some things I like and others I don’t. For over 10 years I used one Linux distro or another and have enjoyed it. But it’s OK to try something different, something old and familiar with some new polish. isn’t it?
Almost everyone uses Microsoft’s or Apple’s operating system to power their machines so this is as much a social experiment as anything. This new system I have is the most powerful machine I have owned and yes I am going to stick to using Windows 10 so I can be more fluent in it. As a matter of fact, I am writing this post on the native Edge web browser.
Let’s see what happens. It’s going to be an adventure to be sure.
One screen is good. Two screens are better. I added another monitor to my nerd corner to enjoy it twice as much. Each monitor will do different things and that sort of thing. I am really going to enjoy this setup.
Inspired by fellow blogger Robin I have switched my Linux distribution back to Xubuntu 18.04 from Ubuntu 19.04. This is due in part to Ubuntu not wanting to load properly. Xubuntu also uses fewer system resources and is very customizable without a lot of tweaking. I added a few apps for audio, photo management, photo editing, a calendar that syncs with Google and a few other things. I can always add more things as I need it too. Like Robin said its like coming home to a familiar neighborhood.