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Discussion on: My transition and journey from a Windows operating system to Linux (Ubuntu)

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Juan C. Andreu

I run PopOs (Ubuntu based) exclusively on a daily basis for more than a year, and it's a great dev experience. There are a few things I would like to comment on:

  • Mail clients: Thunderbird is horrible. There are no great alternatives to outlook. So what I do is just to use my phone as my main mail client (ironic?) and then I keep a separate chrome profile for each email account I need and pinned a tab with the web client.
  • Stability: It's really smooth, but time to time I have so re-install (it's good I only use .devcontainers now, so the only thing I need to install is docker)
  • If you work for a company that uses Ms Office, you'll miss the OneDrive desktop client a lot.

Having so may web-based solutions will require a lot of RAM, 16GB for me is not enough, and I'm looking to upgrade to 32 at least.

Good post,
Cheers

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Andrew Garcia Author • Edited

Thanks Juan!
PopOS is not Ubuntu. It’s a fork of a fork of a fork of a... you get it. Though it has features Ubuntu does, it may lack in others.

  1. To me, Thunderbird Mail outperforms Outlook. Maybe this is because I’ve learned to use it pretty well. I’m also very familiar with Outlook and I don’t like it as much.

  2. Stability: PopOS is not Ubuntu. I wouldn’t install PopOS if they paid me. I have never had any stability issues with my Ubuntu OS (currently running 20.04 LTS). I make sure to install all dependencies when I want to install a complex program.

  3. I am sure you can find some options to make onedrive work. Worst case scenario, you may need to write a bash script to make it sync fast. I use a Python script to sync/start my Dropbox.

Again, Linux is great if you don’t mind putting some additional effort not usually needed with Windows to make your workflow more streamlined in the long run. Otherwise, it’s better to switch to Windows (or get a Mac)

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Juan C. Andreu

Fair points, specially the Thunderbird part, i agree that's more of a subjective topic :)
Forgot to say that before using PopOs I've been using Ubuntu since, uhm 2007 or so, so I know it pretty well.

I never said PopOs was Ubuntu, i just said it was *based" on it. And it's instabilities are inherited from Ubutnu and Linux itself. Tho, it might be just a hardware compatibility issue as well. I still remember when i coudn't even use WiFi xD

Linux is lacking on the desktop area, but it's the way to go for developers. Android Emulator runs faster, npm runs faster, docker is native!

I just miss some windowsy thingies time to time :P

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Andrew Garcia Author

Gotcha. About the instability inheritance, that’s the problem with many-forked distributions; if the instability is inherited from the parent distribution, it’s close to impossible to implement a patch for such, because it implies you’d have to make changes to the source-code of the OS itself! If I ever encounter major compatibility or performance issues (which I haven’t yet) with Ubuntu, I’d be ready to make the switch to Debian, which is Ubuntu’s parent dist

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Juan C. Andreu

That's a good approach!!
Have you ever used on a day to day basis any non-Debian distro?
I have but not for long. I think all the ubuntu based distros tend to have better hardware compatibility.

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Oskar Pietrucha

Hi guys!

I am loving PopOs and it's the distribution I think I am using for the longest period of time.
I didn't like native mail client, nor the Thunderbird.
Then I've got my hands on Mailspring which is very easy to use and configure, has the modern look and feeling and just suits me well. Check it out by yourself! Cheers

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Juan C. Andreu

I wanted to try it, but I didn't like the fact that I had to open an account in order to use it.
How is it going for you?

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I've had the same experience, especially with MS Office.

It makes me wonder if there is not some kind of history of anti-competitive practices involved, to lead to a single player with so much of the market share of integrated productivity software.

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Juan C. Andreu

Not anymore, since Office is now available on Mac, but they have the web version as well as Google ones.
Maybe that used to be true and helped get things the way they are now