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Experimenting with Linux

James is joined by Nick from The Linux Experiment to take a look at what exactly Linux is, what you can do with it, and why it may and may not be a great alternative to Windows or macOS.
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Show Notes

Over the years, I’ve switched operating systems many times; the big one being from Windows to macOS, but there have been many periods of time when I’ve chosen Linux as my OS of choice.

However, the term Linux can get somewhat confusing, does it refer to the underlying kernel or a specific distribution and its desktop experience? It doesn’t help that some Linux fans can become very passionate when talking about their favourite distribution and why it’s the only one you should even remotely consider.

To try and untangle this mess, I’m joined by Nick from The Linux Experiment to clarify exactly what the different parts of a Linux-based operating system are, why some people may be scared to give it a try, as well as looking at the hardware requirements, software availability, as well as taking a look at the future of Linux on ARM, and what Valve’s Steam Deck has done for gaming on Linux in general.

What’s been your experience with Linux? Do you daily drive a particular distribution that you love, or does the thought of moving away from Windows or macOS send shivers down your spine? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:06:56: What is Linux?
  3. 00:11:36: Desktop Environments
  4. 00:15:31: Why Switch from Windows or macOS?
  5. 00:21:21: But will it run….
  6. 00:26:47: Hardware Requirements & Non Supported OSes
  7. 00:30:23: What Scares People About Linux?
  8. 00:43:17: Software Options
  9. 00:50:14: Linux on ARM
  10. 00:56:25: Gaming on Linux
  11. 01:04:58: Desert Island Distro
  12. 01:10:13: Wrapping Up


Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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