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This is great article to share! SumatraPDF is my favorite for its quick loading time with large PDF files (not to mention great integration for LaTeX with Sublime Text), and it’s nice to see how the creator managed the project over the years. It’s one of the few Windows programs I would wish to see ported to Linux, even if zathura fulfills essentially the same role for me now. In any case, it’s worth it just to look at the website for the fun colors.


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Pen and paper is how I do it. I keep track of what I planted the previous year and if it grew well where it was, which helps me draw up the plan for the next year.

A fair amount of experimentation goes into it though—I usually pick a new type of plant to grow each year. Some recent picks were multi-colored carrots, spaghetti squash, and cinnamon basil. But I’m not a hardcore gardener by any means.

I hope your garden turned out well this year!


It’s not helpful for newbies either.

The article does a poor job with its pitch, except perhaps ranger—why would I choose vim over any other terminal editor? For a supposed best terminal app, just having keyboard shortcuts isn’t a selling point. I happen to have recently started learning vi, so I now know what modal editing is, albeit just insert and command mode so far, but the article just mentions and drops it without explaining why that is useful or even what that means. No newbie will intuitively grok how it functions, and vim-aware folk learn nothing new.


This is an excellent idea! I hope it can be re-purposed as such, because the UI looks great (I assume it works just as well too).


Me neither, but after reading about it on the website, it seems really novel in its approach. As much as I love Linux Mint, EndlessOS seems to be an even better way to switch people uninterested in the technical side of computers to GNU/Linux and closer to free software. I’m definitely going to explore the system when I get some time.

Edit and Update: After looking into some reviews, EndlessOS has an EULA, some forced telemetry, and other features that turn it into a product similar to the closed ecosystem of Apple. Tons of malware/disservices like Chrome (which even comes with AdblockPlus pre-installed), Facebook, and What’sApp are promoted outright, which is a real shame for a distro that is geared towards education and students.

On the positive side, there are tons of great apps, especially learning-based ones for kids, the offline content is a boon, and the immutable system design via a read-only root system and package management are excellent for keeping it from breaking.

A personal gripe is their website, which, while flashy, is difficult to navigate (at least when looking for useful information).


Is the protocol used no longer Matrix due to the more extensive credential verification steps?


In particular for those who speak French natively and perhaps begrudgingly read original materials in English by virtue of the dearth of adequate translations, I imagine it makes for a pleasanter reading experience.

Or for those learning French, such as myself, this offers a way to continue to learn while reading nifty articles.


To add some additional constructive criticism, consider re-branding your blog as a personal journey blog, with posts that recount your experiences with different types of software and operating systems. Include your preferences! What didn’t you like? What did you like? Which did you choose after trying them all?

Titles like What is the Best – For You? give the impression that the article will be detailed, helpful, and technically oriented. Try instead, something along the lines of IceWM, OpenBox, and FluxBox: My First Impressions. This will also make the spelling errors and poor phrasing much more forgivable.

But, as @Helix mentions, include screenshots, configuration files, and even a pros and cons list.


Thank you for the thorough answer! It is much clearer than the article above in illuminating the core of the issue.


As someone who is essentially a newcomer to Linux, GNU, and Free Software–are the FSF and all the other organizations that make up the FOSS ecosystem not the collective solution? The issue of outreach is certainly significant, so I suppose I struggle to understand how much more “collective” the ideal solution would be, compared to how it is now, outreach aside.


Decently good websites of this sort already exist, and as @DePingus mentioned, it wouldn’t offer a secure solution for medical, legal, bank, voting, etc. documents.

For OP, thanks for sharing this!


This article is far too brief, providing no explanation of the ratings (how different are the speed ratings of 10 for LXDE and 2 for GNOME?) and the blurbs offer the same information as the first two sentences of the websites for each DE (or Wikipedia).

If this intended for newcomers to Linux who are unsure which DE to use, the comparisons to Windows XP/7/10 and MacOS make sense, but then, why include number ratings? Newbies likely won’t know how to weigh those factors. And if it is for those looking to choose a DE, where are the photos showing us the default set-up and a configured version? Eye candy is a vague, unqualified quality. People have different tastes. Pictures would fix this.

And to pick apart the short blurbs discussing each DE, is there so little positive to find in XFCE that praising its speed is the go-to, despite giving LXDE a higher rating in that respect? And what about GNOME is unorthodox? The information given rates it as simple and clean, but slow, unintuitive, and difficult to customize. Is there any reason to use GNOME? What is simple and clean about it?

If this article were framed as a personal blog post recounting one’s experience with each environment, containing personally meaningful numeric ratings, I would be less critical. However, titling an article What Is The Best Desktop Environment For You without giving me more than surface level introductions and relying on equating them to Windows and Mac renders this cheap clickbait. I level these critiques as a newcomer who expected to learn something while reading this.


An excellent read, though I most certainly did not need to become cognizant of the fact that I actually would prefer a 4:3 aspect ratio for my laptop.

Vis-à-vis Kindles, The Open Book Project by Joey Castillo on Github offers a DIY “solder together your own e-reader” manual as an answer to the current e-reader market. I have yet to build one for myself, but wished to share in case any person is looking for a fitting free software e-reader.