For a long time now, people in the Linux world have been talking about a new budget laptop, the PINEBOOK Pro. Made by Pine64, this laptop costs $200, and is an ARM powered device with 4gb of RAM, 64gb of EMMC storage, and a 1080p matte screen. The story of this device is simply one of measured expectations, to be sure, but I love this little device for the time I have spent with it so far.
In March of 2020, the company I work for sent most of its staff to work from home due to the Corona Virus outbreak, myself included. Because of this, I have gotten a chance to use my home office consistently enough to know what I like about it and what is lacking. I have also gotten a chance to do some personal development and catch up on some side projects for this site.
About two months ago, my Raspberry Pi 4 arrived, and to say the least, I was excited to try it out. I heard some of the stories about this thing overheating, especially the model I got with the 4gb of RAM. decided to get the Cana Kit for $99, which came with a power switch, a plastic case (pictured), a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, and several small heatsinks for the chips with a fan that is positioned on the top of the case. These are my thoughts on performance, quality, and overall satisfaction.
As someone that has used an ergonomic keyboard for 17 years, this is a very different experience, but that is not a bad thing. While I like this keyboard for general typing, it has some drawbacks if you are used to a normal keyboard. I have been using this as my primary work keyboard for almost a year, and it really helps.
Ubuntu 20.04 is the latest Long Term Support release by Canonical. These are my thoughts on this release.OS Hop!
Continuing my fun, trying different distributions of Linux, I decided to join the folks of Big Daddy Linux and try Solus Linux 4.1: Fortitude. Because I am trying something new, I thought it would be good to go all out and try KDE again. Finally, I was able to see what people truly see in KDE. I must say that this time it was a joy to try out. This will be my thoughts on Solus 4.1, but also on KDE, which I am seriously thinking about switching to, eventually.
Recently I finally decided to take the plunge and attempt to install Arch Linux. It took me two tries, with a walk-through video, and then detecting what was done incorrectly in the video and correcting that the second time through, but I finally I was successful. I would like to talk about my first impressions in completing the install and using the system.
With the completion of my desktop PC upgrade complete, I decided to take the opportunity to install Kubuntu rather than my normal Ubuntu install. Here are my initial thoughts.