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Linux Newbie - since 1996

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!


Started the blog on 1/06/2019 wid this post – PART I .. Under Construction ‘n its sorta been under construction ever since.   😉

*NOTE*: 12/17/2022 – Am happy wid the move to Hostinger ‘n have made this Linux Newbie blog a Hub‘ Extension of my new primary blog – Karmi’s Musings & Tech. Still tweaking here ‘n there, since this has been a quick move, i.e., KM&T was just started on 11/2/2022. Self-Hosted blogs are not for everyone, but it suits me perfectly, and that was obvious when everything fell into place…after basically falling into my lap.

*NOTE*: Posts from 2019 ‘n 2021 ‘n even some from 2022 may no longer reflect what my testing ‘n experimenting of ‘n wid Linux OSes now shows.

Linux is constantly changing, and so does the opinions on this blog. A lot of the major changes are added to the Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog page.

The Karmi’s Top 10++ Linux Distros page lists my Top Choices ‘n some other Linux OSes that I recommend to Windows OS users looking to see what Linux is about…


  • 1/28/2022: Linus Torvalds has said: ‘One of the problems Desktop Linux has is it’s not made for normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…‘ (NOTE: A brief update to that, i.e. to now define ‘Technical people‘ as Developers, Programmers, Sysadmins, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.)

Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

I’ve enjoyed piddling wid ‘n experimenting wid ‘n the testing of Desktop OSes since 1992.

What is a “Desktop OS”? Plenty of definitions out there, but I couldn’t find one that I considered even being close to sounding ‘Correct’, IMHO.

Well, I’m going to let the Historical Evidence of actual Desktop OS Users give their combined-definition first. Wanted a 30 year chart showing Desktop OSes from 1991-2021, but couldn’t find any. How about a Desktop OS wid 1.3 Billion users? Anyone beat that many Desktop OS users? That ZDNet article was written about 30 days ago, so probably more than 1.3 Billion users now – 1 Million PCs Sold Every Day. That’s also 1 Million new Desktop OSes everyday…anyone believe that most of those OSes are going to people clambering for Arch Linux on their new PC?

Linux wasn’t a Desktop OS in 1996, and it’s still not a Desktop OS in 2021. Linux is a ‘Terminal-Centric’ OS (Linux-speak for keyboard based OS) meant for Developers ‘n IT specialists ‘n those kinds of OS users.

Let me repeat Linux wasn’t a Desktop OS in 1996, and it’s still not a Desktop OS in 2021. Disappointing, IMHO. I started this blog thinking that 2019 was going to be the ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’:

After the first 6-7 months of intense testing and searching I realized that the basic Wheel Mouse couldn’t scroll but about 1.5 lines per notch of the wheel!?

Linux is a great ‘Specialty’ OS, but will apparently *ALWAYS* be a terrible Desktop OS. Desktop OS users, i.e. real Desktop OS users, want a fully functional mouse and an OS wid ‘Plug &Play’ ability for their printers, scanners, photographic equipment, Games, new GPU’s, new MoBo’s, new CPU’s, new PC’s, routers, USB devices, etc. REAL Desktop OS users don’t want to be fixing their operating system all the time or hauling a USB 20 miles wid a file on it so someone can print it out for them.

Here’s Linus Torvalds explaining why the Linux “Desktop” can’t work:

For the last 20 years, I kept hearing how Linux on the Desktop would go mainstream in “five years.”

He’s spent 20 years trying to explain why Linux “Desktop” OS is not made for the normal Desktop OS users.

Well, watch the full video first if you are thinking about moving to Linux as your primary Desktop OS.

Linux is made for Developers ‘n IT specialists ‘n Programmers ‘n knowledgeable technical people. It can also be used as a ‘Specialty‘ OS, as I often mention on this Blog.

In almost 29 months of piddling wid ‘n experimenting wid ‘n the testing of Linux Distro after Linux Distro, humble me is just now getting to an ‘Aboutpage ‘n post for my blog.

What I have discovered:

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

What the Linux Newbie – Since 1996 blog will be going forward: