The first step in my quest for liberation is the choice of OS.
In the past few weeks I tried various kinds of GNU/Linux, to see how they perform nowadays.
A little and probably incomplete summary of my installation and user tests:
- Arch Linux
- Sabayon Linux
- Elementary OS
- Gentoo Linux
The final verdict is that my choice of OS has become OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 using Gnome 3.16. Why? It just works!
My current PC setup is a 4k NVidia GTX960 and Dell P2715Q setup. Some distributions had some issues with it. Fedora 23 for example. The X.org included was too new. Too new for the proprietary NVidia drivers to support. OMG!
Elementary OS was sooooo cool. But hey, they have some serious issues on 4k fullscreen video in their custom implementation. Lots of tearing.
Gentoo/Sabayon. Ok, but not very distinctive for workstation use.
Arch Linux. Same as Gentoo. It performed well after the installation, but not worth the effort.
A big one I didn’t mention above, because I don’t wanted to test it, is Ubuntu. I think Canonical is an evil company like Google and Microsoft concerning user privacy. They have known spyware embedded in their Ubuntu OS. Both on the desktop and the phone/tablet version. Besided that, Ubuntu isn’t a company that contributes much to the community. Ah well. They did built Unity….the application that drove a wedge in the Gnome community.
OpenSUSE just works out of the box. Not a single glitch. I have warm feelings for OpenSUSE. My first Linux experience was in 1996 using a boxed version of S.u.S.E Linux 4.2. I loved it back then and I still love it.
Next time my journey continues. I will try to ditch all the online services that damage my privacy.