Linux… for real this time, starring Lubuntu

Since my last update, I had gone back to Windows after a while. I forget why, I think it was because I was giving Guild Wars 2 a try and it didn’t want to cooperate in Linux. Or at least, I wasn’t in the mood to mess around with it.

Last week I installed Linux Mint 14 to try out. Ubuntu-based, so it was easy to do things, but I didn’t quite get into it for some reason. Yesterday I figured I’d give Debian a try again – I had been using that for a long time before and really enjoyed it, but I just wasn’t happy with it. Fonts in Ubuntu/variants just look so much better for whatever reason. And then I stumbled across Lubuntu. Which uses LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), a speedy and nice looking desktop environment. So far things have been enjoyable.

Along the way, I discovered a couple of new (to me) apps. First is URxvt, a pretty neat terminal emulator which can have text-based tabs, not the ugly looking graphical stuff that newer terminals have that come with Ubuntu, etc. Currently I have it set up to have transparency which both looks cool and can be useful. Second is WeeChat – a text-based IRC client that is actually being developed and updated, and seems to work pretty well. Has scripting with whatever language you want as well. It reminds me of Irssi, which I used to use, but nicer. So now I’m running it on my local fileserver via screen, so I don’t have to worry about staying connected.

Also, both of the games I currently play either run natively (Minecraft), or works well with Wine (Path of Exile). And YNAB still runs fine with Wine, which was the other important piece of software. Everything else has versions/alternatives on Linux. So I’m determined to stick with it this time.

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