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Here and back again

How did I end up here?

No, I think the correct phrase is, “How did I end up back here?”

In the span of a month, I went from Ubuntu, to Ubuntu MATE back to where it all began with me, Antergos. How did this happen?

You can say my curiosity got the best of me. I was so caught up in the marvel that was Ubuntu that I went on a testing frenzy. I wanted to see if my rock-solid Antergos installation offered the same awesomeness that the daily builds of Ubuntu provided. Since Antergos is based on Arch Linux I would only need to install the OS once. That was my main reason for using Antergos.

After creating an installation USB drive, I booted up the live environment and installed my GNOME desktop. After navigating the familiar screens, I running a complete, up-to-date system. With my suite of apps installed. I put distro through the rigors of my creative day.

Touchpad support wasn’t the best working out the box. I got full support once I disabled the Synaptic drivers and made sure I installed libinput and its dependencies. I had better control of my touchpad, which allowed me to type without the cursor jumping all over the page. (If you type on a laptop for long stretched of time, having a the ability to briefly disable the touchpad while typing is huge!) Installing my printer was as easy as downloading the Linux driver from the Samsung website. Linux life was indeed good.

Because Ubuntu MATE left me with a case of the happy giggles, I reinstalled Antergos and went with the MATE desktop environment. While my experience out of the box was better in Ubuntu, I was able to share that same experience in Antergos after a few mouse clicks. I’m still missing that global menu experience from Ubuntu, but I never used it before, so it’s something I won’t miss.

After reinstalling Antergos I threw my flash drives in my drawer. Ubuntu is going to have a great release with their GNOME and MATE desktops later this month, but I am going with what I’ve been using all year. I do have to thank the Ubuntu devs for reminding me how much I liked MATE, which is why I installed it in Antergos instead of my normal GNOME desktop.

With my Linux distro testing complete, it’s time to turn my attention to prepping for NaNoWriMo. I have a lot to do. And while next year it might be Ubuntu on my hard drive, this year it all about Antergos.

After all, there’s no place like home.

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