Switching to Linux | Part 9 | 30 day challenge


This is Day 20 of the 30 day challenge in switching to Linux. This will be the second to last video in the series and I have to bring up some of the day 1 problems that persist right now.

Day 1 Issues:
Still searching for a suitable Outlook replacement.
Tried: Thunderbird, Evolution, Hiri and just don’t like any better than Outlook. Hiri is the closest to an actual outlook replacement.

Multiple Linux Environment
Work: Fedora 29
Home: Ubuntu 18.04

Graphics issues fixed with kernel update and flushing the proprietary drivers. The downside is Davinci Resolve no longer recognizes my GPU.
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29 thoughts on “Switching to Linux | Part 9 | 30 day challenge

  1. I know this happened a few months ago but you and I seem to have similar opinions so far about Linux. I also like Ubuntu and think it’s annoying when the purists are like “real Linux users don’t use Ubuntu”. And my opinion is “if it has a Linux kernel, and looks like Linux and talks like Linux, it’s Linux.” I’ve tried to stay on Linux in the past with limited success but I definitely think I can give the 30 day challenge a try.

  2. No mention of the real-world workaround, which would seem to be setting up a VM Windows7?, or even 10 isolated from network links, but otherwise striving to divorce oneself from the MS habit as much as possible. The peculiar thing about so much Windows stuff over 25 years is everything was either entirely proprietary, specialty-specific small business designed focus and hence unavoidable, or else amazingly svelt, clean utilities for free that just worked, forever, with a few still around like SpywareBlaster. The weakness of Linux is that medium-small companies can't afford to develop any specialized software the way the closed business model worked with Microsoft in kahutes, and so it's evolved for mostly geeks, and high tech realms like research or one-off development. People who make a living that is not computer-heavy can't invest a second lifetime career in order to make software for their livelihood.

  3. Found your videos today. I've been doing the same thing since December 14. Started with Linux Mint (an Ubuntu variant), and still use it. I also had an advantage. I moved off Office and Outlook two years ago. LibreOffice is now my preferred office suite–especially writer (it also has plugins that work well with LaTex–something I must use–that Office could never get right). Outlook is designed for Exchange, and I guess you use it a lot in your work. I needed CalDAV, which is compatible in office, but nothing like I can get with Gnome Calendar and Thunderbird email. I enter one OwnCloud, or NextCloud account setting, and everything populated into the programs fantastically. Still struggling with Gimp vs. Photoshop, and Inkscape vs. Illustrator though. Thanks for the videos! Nice to know there are others going this route.

  4. regarding using Outlook in browser: most modern apps have javascript/html interface that is just wrapped with something like Electron, so not really much difference, except you see adress bar and browser icons. You can make wrapper yourself if you want to get rid of browser's chrome: simply make shortcut icon to outlook website and add some command line options to hide browser interface.
    As for flames: use Krita for that – there are brushes that make great fire effect (or look for premade scripts for gimp).

  5. Why do you hate Thunderbird? I've been happily using it for years on Windows. I especially like its spam learning feature as I get tons of spam. I never really tried Outlook. I just try to avoid Microsoft products as much as possible.

  6. If proprietary software only works with other proprietary software made by the same company, this should not be surprising. What it should be, however, is a reason never to use it, since vendor lock in should be seen as a deal breaker to any reasonable person.

  7. Unless anything changer recently, Gnome is still operating whole DE on single thread, so i have feeling that You'll be better off on Plasma desktop – Kubuntu for instance. Ok, Gnome people will say it has too many buttons to press, too much options, but then who told you that you need to press them all? I personally love option of setting up DE the way i want, and come on, gnome still looks ugly, like stuck in 90's the icons, no real transparency in terminal. Ok in short, give a kubuntu a spin, if You won't like it, i'll shut up about it 🙂

  8. Oh. You're using Gnome.
    Obvie people will argue but KDE is flat out a better DE for a LOT of reasons. And they have solutions for nearly everything on your list.
    the PIM is better. Online account connections are better. The KDE app suite is where KDE shines over gnome the most.

  9. If you are going to use GNU/Linux as a windows replacement….. stay in windows….. if you cant leave without proprietary ms windows software…. stay in windows…. if you want to use Gnu/Linux… you have to start over and forget that there is a ms windows-OS-Softwares out there, and start doing something new and different, if you just cant do that, stay in windows.

  10. I dont understand the concern over built in email clients when you could use Gmail or Yahoo, etc? Why are built in email clients better than the two 3rd party clients I mentioned?

  11. Evolution mail has always been a problem for me.. mail component works but the client has always been buggy and uncooperative. I tried it just recently and it was more convenient when it worked but a pain when it didn't.

    If you really wanted to find an outlook like client there may be a web mail interface available that suits you. Just run a local web service on your machine and configure the web mail system on, it should allow you to establish connections to most mail providers. Either that or set up a web server at your house, and connect to it remotely when you check your email.. all in one place. As in terms of office integration I can't tell you for sure since I don't use Microsoft products other than Visual Studio Code and a VM with Windows 8.1 for VMWare management(which I hate with a passion..).

  12. There was a bug in Evolution a few months back when I tried using it with Outlook.com, and I doubt it was fixed. If you edit a Task in Evolution and save it, the task's priority gets reset to Normal.

    I use a program called eM Client for Windows mail. It handles Exchange pretty well, I think, but it only runs on Windows. I wanted to use Outlook, but I went to dark themes and Outlook is just blindingly bright and I can't tone it down.

    Ultimately you may end up with a Windows machine or VM that you keep around for Windows programs while doing other things in Linux.

  13. I don't use MS services so don't know…. I take it all the MS office launchers built into Manjaro GNOME are just the online versions?… usually just delete that stuff after install.

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