So it’s been roughy a full day now since I installed elementary OS onto my laptop and i’m already pretty impressed, I’m going to talk about what i’ve done within the first 24 hours and my thoughts so far, as well as looking at the App centre for the first time.
Out of the box elementary OS is pretty light weight when it comes to software, which in this case is not a bad thing. You get the typical programs which I will break down and explain why or why not I decided to stick with it and whether or not I got it from the internal App Store.
Web Browser: Firefox – Installed from App Centre
Epiphany was one of the first programs I replaced. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s more that I am a long time Firefox user and all my extensions such as Lastpass etc are all setup.
Dropbox – Installed from App Centre
Dropbox is my go to Cloud storage for Linux, and it was nice to see that elementary OS had it in their App Centre.
Spotify – Installed via Terminal
Installing from a terminal is second nature for me but for a new Linux user it could be a little off putting, and remember elementary OS is built with new Linux users in mind.
# 1. Add the Spotify repository signing keys to be able to verify downloaded packages sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 931FF8E79F0876134EDDBDCCA87FF9DF48BF1C90 # 2. Add the Spotify repository echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list # 3. Update list of available packages sudo apt-get update # 4. Install Spotify sudo apt-get install spotify-client
Notes-Up – Installed from the App Centre
I was browsing the App Centre for a note taking app and found Notes-Up which was exactly what I was looking for. I must say I do like the feature in the App Centre where you can pay for a product if you like it.
Day 1 Thoughts
So far it seems to me that elementary OS is just one of those distros you install, it just works and you can just get on with your work. It really is just a hassle free, nice little distro.
It’s easy to see how long time Linux users may not like this though, it almost feels locked down in a way that I think only a long time Linux user would understand.
Since I like to tinker and change things, the next blog post will be me trying to theme and change it up a bit, so here’s a screenshot of what it my setup looks like day 1 and let’s compare it to tomorrows one.