All About My Favorite Linux OS, Ubuntu MATE 20.04 (Updated)

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— REVISED & UPDATED: I am coming to absolutely love the many (well over 200) Linux operating systems, how you can experiment and tinker around with some “likely” Linux OS, until you find your own favorite. Then, you can tailor it, without much technical knowledge, until you get one to fully suit your own needs. 3.6 percent of all computer’s OS now run off Linux, as does the GoDaddy server which puts my own site out to the world. And it’s absolutely true that ALL of the world’s 500 largest supercomputers run some kind of Linux OS. Google is going to soon use Debian Linux. My own favorite has turned out to be Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS (officially supported for three years, link to download included). Right now I am testing the now available daily build of Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla,” which does at this point have some major “glytches.” All varieties of Ubuntu (there are several) were officially released on April 23rd, and now you can test the daily build of Ubuntu 20.10. You can find all these and many more (more than 500) “distributions” of Linux at Distrowatch.com. Please realize, “Linux is forever” (unless you are a true, very knowledgeable computer geek), as it is almost impossible to install a Windows OS once you have put Linux on your computer. But you won’t be sorry.

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All About My Very Favorite
Linux OS, Ubuntu MATE 20.04

Actually I can think of Perhaps
8 or 10 Linux “distros” I like a Lot


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The Daily Walk with Love, republished June 12, 2020, originally published December 16, 2019, by Paul Evans. Featured photo is courtesy of Wallpaper Safari. Go to Distro.com for all you might need to know about a whole lot of Linux OS. Which one is your favorite? [(If you find this article useful, please share it with friends!)]

The vast majority of Linux OS and all the programs you can get (including some 600,000 apps and scripts from the Arch User Repository — AUR — are all for free! Well, anyway, after three years of experimenting, my own favorite Linux has turned out to be Ubuntu MATE (download page). I also will relate my latest customization of it, which might be pretty cool for you, too.

Now it is also possible to try out a daily build of Ubuntu MATE 20.04, so long as you realize that this is not guaranteed to work perfectly on your computer, and are willing to provide Ubuntu with “bug reports” when something doesn’t work right. Free the inner geek in you and try it out! However, Ubuntu MATE 20.04 itself, the official build, was published not long ago. The distro will be maintained ’till way into the future, I think 2025. Please excuse any typos or mistakes here, I had to write this up under time constraints.

Gee, there is so much cool stuff here and cutting edge software technology! It almost seems to have little in common with the old Ubuntu which was a lot of people’s introduction to Linux as they ventured away from Windows. To “cut to the chase, let me simply provide the steps I took in this morning’s customization, which drew on my three year’s experience of doing this sort of thing:

  1. First, I installed from the AUR a series of related programs which are found by doing a search for “caffe.” (Many of the results are also available by the safer search of Synaptic minus the AUR results.) I only chose the ones which said “caffe (cpu),” which make your machine smarter, and also give it “deep learning” artificial intelligence (and all this is totally “open source” and free). The one thing you must NOT do is to install any “caffe (cpu)” file with ANY that say “caffe (cuda),” or you may “break” your computer. I also advise you to NOT install “caffe2,” unless you are willing to download a ~~ 2.5 GB file which may or may not work on your computer. The basic “caffe (cpu) and related files add up to 80 to 100 MB worth of files, and it works with almost any other Linux, as well.
  2. You can find a LOT of very cool stuff by searching the AUR for the term “Berkeley” and sifting through those results.
  3. Some amazing improvements for your system can be had by opening Synaptic, searching for “libboost-all-dev,” and installing the several dozen results that appear when you check that first single result.
  4. My favorite video-conferenicing apps for business are Telegram and for the most secure app for sensitive business, I suggest Wire.
  5. I would also encourage a search (in Synaptic) for “boost,” and then install all the numerous results you get when you opt to install “libboost-all-dev.” A search for “dns proxy” will get you another great little install, “dnscrypt proxy.” In the whole area of privacy, I would encourage all Linux users to sign up for “ExpressVPN,” which costs $13 a month, works with most Linux distributions, and works really, really well (see the link at the top of my sidebar). Most people seem to chat using HexChat, but just search instead for Pidgin and see al the cool plugins for that chat app! And the only antivirus you should need for any Linux distro is available, with options, from a search for “clam” (really lol).
  6. My “cleaner” of choice with any Linux, also from the AUR and sometimes just via Synaptic, is simply called “Sweeper.” It does a fast and thorough job, and never makes any bad mistakes.
  7. My encrypted, internet relay chat app of choice is called “HexChat.” It has a lot of cool features, and some great additional plugins if you install it from the choices in the AUR,.
  8. You can get a lot of cool features if the OS you are using is Ubuntu MATE, simply by searching for “MATE” in the AUR.
  9. Ubuntu had a LOT of controversy a few years back, when quite a lot of people thought the CEO was “in bed” with Microsoft. (This was the start of Microsoft’s big push into open source apps (and probably even their up-coming kernel for the new OS they are working hard on). I believe this was very necessary for Microsoft, and was a savvy, astute move by them.
  10. The upshot was that Ubuntu fired the responsible CEO and that the “old guy” came back on board to lead Ubuntu. But Ubuntu dropped all their “Unity” apps and programmers, a big surprise to many of us. Still, you can find still more, cool apps by searching the AUR for “Unity9,” “Unity desktop” and “Unity.” I’m sure you should beable to see what I am driving at. The AUR is a huge, almost inexhaustible resource. Just remember: This stuff comes from all over the world, and not all of what you can get there is reliable or even safe to install. Hopefully the ideas I gave you today work out well for you, as they did for me ~~ Paul

I really also like Manjaro Gnome, Cinnamon and Mate, which you can get at Manjaro.org. Most popular right now is MX Linux, (and let’s not leave out Debian, which Google is going to be using. You can find all these and many more “distributions” of Linux at Distrowatch.com.

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